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LANDac Annual Summer School 2021 - Land Governance for Devlopment



When: 5-16 JULY 2021; Mondays to Fridays between 2PM - 5PM CEST (1pm - 4pm IST)

Registration:  Programme detail and registration online here.

Please note that the Summer School takes place online.

Registration deadline extended to: June 13th 2021


Every summer, LANDac organises the ‘Land Governance for Development’ Summer School in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The next Summer School will take place between the 5th – 16th July 2021. Due to the ongoing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic this course is offered online.

Large-scale acquisition of land in the global South has received a great deal of interest in the last few years. Especially following the food crisis (2003-08), and stimulated by the growing demand for biofuels, pressure on land continues to increase. This course provides a multidisciplinary analysis of the ‘land rush’ within the more general context of land governance in Africa, Asia, and Latin America: the history and drivers, the diversity of stakeholders and networks involved, the urgency and current challenges, and innovative governance solutions. Read more here.

The 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. Due to the ongoing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic this course is offered online.

The course provides participants with thorough knowledge of current problems as well as academic and policy debates related to land and development. Participants also build an understanding of practical knowledge and potential solutions. The guiding question is how to optimize the link between land governance, inclusive sustainable development and poverty alleviation.

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.

Target group 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.

Programme Please find the programme here.

Costs The fee for the summer school is € 125.00. Apply Here

ECTS 1.5 credits. Certificate provided.

Questions? Contact the course coordinator: Chantal Wieckardt. Email:

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