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LANDac PhD Seminars

LANDac organises (bi)monthly PhD seminars in which PhD students in the Netherlands and Belgium – working on topics related to land governance / large-scale land acquisitions – can discuss their ideas and findings and receive feedback. The seminars take place primarily at Utrecht University.

Current schedule: 

The seminars are interesting for PhDs, MA students and other academics with an interest in land governance and development issues. Everyone is welcome to join, preferably sign up through

Recent seminars:

Wednesday 26 June 2013  15.00-17.00  – Utrecht

Dimo Todorovski (ITC – UTwente) – Can land administration in post conflict environment facilitate the post-conflict state building? – A research problem.

Powerpoint presentation published here

Femke van Noorloos (Utrecht University) – Transnational land investment for tourism and real estate speculation.

Powerpoint presentation published here
Tuesday 5 February 2013  15.00-17.00

Marie Christine Simbizi (ITC Twente University) – Land tenure security for small holders in Sub-Sahara African context. Revisiting the concept.

Lucía Goldfarb (IDS Utrecht University / LANDac) – Expanding frontiers of land control. Soy expansion, and governance and changing territories in the Argentinean Chaco.

Wednesday 30 January  13.30- 16.00

Small informal brainstorm among PhD researchers about the role of the state (in different forms and at different levels) in facilitating or regulating ‘land grabs’ or large-scale land acquisitions, and/or in supporting and protecting populations.

Chair: Gemma van der Haar (WUR Disaster Studies)

Tuesday 11 December 2012  15.15-17.00

Babasola Olajide (Wageningen University)
Rising Challenges from Large-scale Land Acquisition on Local Food Security in South-West Nigeria

Giuseppe Cioffo (Université Catholique de Louvain)
Land grabs without land deals: the case of land use consolidation in Rwanda