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LANDac Conference 2022

Governing land for the future

What (r)evolutions do we need?

Welcome to the LANDac International Conference of 2022!

29 June – 1 July

You can now register for the LANDac Annual Conference 2022! Click on the button below to go to the registration form.

The LANDac Annual International Conference offers a podium for knowledge exchange between researchers, practitioners and private sector representatives working on land governance for equitable and sustainable development. 

This year, the LANDac Annual International Conference 2022 will be held in a hybrid format. The conference will be held in Utrecht, the Netherlands. On Wednesday, we welcome you to in Paushuize and on Thursday and Friday in Janskerkhof 3. You will receive more practical information when you are registered. 


This year’s conference ‘Governing land for the future – what (r)evolutions do we need?’ focuses on the future of land governance. More than a decade into the ‘land grab’ debate it is time to ask ourselves some tough questions: What have our efforts to regulate land-based investments brought us? Where did we manage to make land governance work for equity and sustainability and where did we fail? From the outset some of us were more optimistic and others more pessimistic about the possibility to ensure fair outcomes. Today, however, most would agree that whatever successes have been achieved, these have not been able to change the overall pattern of dispossession, inequality and resource depletion. Have land governance interventions just been scratching the surface?

At the 13th LANDac Annual Conference, we need to discuss what it takes to address today’s and tomorrow’s land issues. Do we need further evolution of current approaches, or rather a revolution in land governance thinking? This is an urgent question. While the early wave of mega land deals seems to have waned, on the ground alienation and dispossession continue unabated, if in more diverse and stealthy ways. Pressures on land and other natural resources seem to be increasing, authoritarianism is omnipresent, and the violence against territorial defenders and human rights activists is increasingly worrying. As we review our efforts to address these issues the question arises: Should we tune the instruments at our disposal (“evolution”)? Or do we need a more radical re-think (“revolution”)?

The programme of this conference will include a diversity of keynote speakers who will share their own message about the (r)evolutions in governing land for the future. This year’s key notes are Dr. Laura German (Professor of Anthropology, Director of the Center for Integrative Conservation Research, University of Georgia), Dr. Richard Sliuzas (Professor of Urban Planning for Disaster Risk Reduction, ITC University of Twente), and Pranab Ranjan Choudhury (Associate Director of the NRMC Center for Land Governance, India).

Image top of page: September 2010. Felicienne Soton is part of a women’s group that produces gari (cassawa flour). Photograph by Arne Hoel/World Bank. No changes made.