Large-scale acquisition of land in the Global South has received a great deal of interest in the last few years. This course provides a multidisciplinary analysis of the ‘land rush’ within the more general context of land governance in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We will look at the history and drivers, the diversity of stakeholders and networks involved, the urgency of current challenges and innovative governance solutions.
The two-week course is organized by LANDac – The Netherlands Land Academy – hosted by Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Students and professionals will acquire up-to-date knowledge on new land pressures and learn how to place these in broader theoretical contexts and policy debates. Participants learn about best practices in land governance from different perspectives and on multiple levels, from local to international. Topics are discussed in interactive mini-courses and lectures. The design of the course allows for participants to closely work together with professionals, experts and fellow students from a variety of backgrounds.
The course is designed for master’s students, PhD students, and academics, as well as for practitioners from development organizations, projects and governments who are interested in or work in the fields of land governance, development studies, natural resource management, planning, human rights and conflict studies.
Fee summer school: €125,00.
1.5 credits. Certificate provided.
For registration, please visit the Utrecht Summer School website. Please note that the Summer School takes place online. Registration deadline: June 1st, 2021
Contact the course coordinator: Chantal Wieckardt. Email:
Lecturers include prof dr Annelies Zoomers, prof dr Jun Borras, dr Guus van Westen, dr Gemma van der Haar, prof dr Jaap Zevenbergen, Naomi Shadrack, dr Mayke Kaag, Dr Malovika Pawar, dr Murtah Shannon, dr Griet Steel, Dr Divyani Kohli, LANDac fellows from the Professional Learning Network, and others.
Due to the ongoing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic this course is offered online.