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20/11/2014 Forthcoming publication (early 2015) – Global trends in land tenure reforms: Gender impacts

We are pleased to announce the forthcoming publication ‘Global trends in land tenure reforms: gender impacts’, due to be launched in the first half of 2015.

The book explores the gendered dimensions of recent land governance transformations across the globe in the wake of unprecedented pressures on land and natural resources. These complex contemporary forces are reconfiguring livelihoods and impacting women’s positions, their tenure security and well-being, and that of their families. Bringing together fourteen empirical community case studies from around the world, the book examines governance transformations of land and land-based resources resulting from four major processes of tenure change: commercial land based investments, the formalization of customary tenure, the privatizations of communal lands, and post-conflict resettlement and redistribution reforms. Each contribution carefully analyses the gendered dimensions of these transformations, exploring both the gender impact of the land tenure reforms and the social and political economy within which these reforms materialize. The cases provide important insights for decision makers to better promote and design an effective gender lens into land tenure reforms and natural resource management policies.

This book will be of great interest to researchers engaging with land and natural resource management issues from a wide variety of disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, development studies, and political science, as well as policy makers, practitioners, and activists concerned with environment, development, and social equity.

This book, edited by Dr. Caroline Archambault (Utrecht University/ University College Utrecht) and Prof. Dr. Annelies Zoomers (Chair of LANDac/ IDS, Utrecht University), follows builds upon the 2-day Gender & Land Conference held in Utrecht, the Netherlands (organized by IDS, Utrecht University in collaboration with LANDac), on January 14-15, 2013. The conference drew gender and land experts from across academia and public policy.