Call for Abstracts – LANDac Annual International Conference 2021

LANDac Annual





30 June – 2 July



Deadline for abstract submission: 16th May 2021


Land, Crisis and Resilience


The LANDac Annual International Conference offers a podium for knowledge exchange between researchers, practitioners and private sector representatives interested in land governance for equitable and sustainable development. Anticipating that the COVID-19 global crisis will continue to restrict travel and large-scale events, the LANDac Annual International Conference 2021 will be held in an online format.


This year’s conference ‘Land, Crisis and Resilience’ focusses on the challenges that global, intertwining crises pose to land governance systems, processes and actors. The global pandemic and the expected economic decline play out simultaneously with ongoing effects of climate change and persistent food insecurity. The COVID-19 pandemic put land access and land governance under pressure, and both uncovered and deepened underlying problems. While we have only started to document the impacts of the pandemic on rural and urban livelihoods, we also need to ask how it plays out in relation to these other crises, chronic (such as poverty) or acute (e.g. climate-related hazards). To this background, the conference addresses three interconnected questions:

  • How do different global crises impact land access? (And where do we see the biggest problems?);
  • How does the land governance landscape respond? (And where does it need to do better?);
  • What can we learn about resilience in response to these intertwined crises? (And how could land governance support that?).


We are now pleased to invite abstract submissions for the LANDac Annual International Conference 2021. The Call for Abstracts is open until 16th May 2021.



We are pleased to announce this year’s keynote speakers: Dr Shuaib Lwasa (Principle Researcher at the Global Center on Adaptation), Silas Siakor (Environmental and human rights activist, landscape convener at IDH), and dr Wytske Chamberlain (Land Matrix). Visit the LANDac website for more information on our keynote speakers!


  1. Revisiting Land Rights Registration
  2. Responsible Land-Based Investments and Private Sector Involvement
  3. Urban Land Governance
  4. Land Rights in Times of Crisis
  5. Community Governance and Responses from Below
  6. Just Transitions


For a complete overview of the sessions and their descriptions, click here. More information on the submission guidelines can be found below.


  1. Revisiting Land Rights Registration
  1. Building Land Governance Resilience with Open and Transparent Land-data Systems (open for abstract submission);
  2. Critical Insights on the Land Governance Orthodoxy (open for abstract submission);
  3. How Does Community Land Governance Intersect with Factors of Resilience in Rural Areas to Support Adaptation to Crisis Situations? (open for abstract submission);
  4. Challenges in ‘Pro-poor’ Land Registration: What lessons on crisis and resilience? (closed for abstract submission).


  1. Responsible Land-Based Investments and Private Sector Involvement
  1. Developmental Impact of Land-Based Investments in Times of Crisis: Learning and exchange facilitated by the LANDac Professional Learning Network (open for abstract submission);
  2. Behind the Brands 8 Years Later: An assessment of food and beverage companies’ delivery of land rights commitments (closed for abstract submission);
  3. Investing in Formal Land Rights for Commodity Smallholder Farmers: Lessons from land tenure public-private partnerships (closed for abstract submission);
  4. Land, Crisis and Resilience: How can Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) help sustain land governance solutions? (closed for abstract submission).


III.              Urban Land Governance

  1. Sustainable Corridors? Urban land and mobility infrastructure development in an era of climate change (open for abstract submission);
  2. The Urgent Need for Urban Greenspaces (UGS) in a World with COVID-19 and How to Best Accommodate It (open for abstract submission).


  1. Land Rights in Times of Crisis
  1. Climate and Forced Displacement: Land, energy & clean water challenges of communities displaced from high-risk natural disaster and war zones in Mozambique (open for abstract submission);
  2. The Politics of Crisis Framing (open for abstract submission);
  3. Working in Crisis Mode: Lessons from land governance interventions in fragile and conflict–affected settings(open for abstract submission);
  4. Solid Ground: Applying lessons from an advocacy campaign in the context of a global pandemic (open for abstract submission);
  5. Uneven Ground: The land inequality crisis, in the midst of our planet’s broader inequalities and crises (closed for abstract submission).


  1. Community Governance and Responses from Below
  1. Ground Up Land Governance Experiences (open for abstract submission);
  2. Women’s Rights in Crisis: Conservation and climate change policies (TBD);
  3. Who Benefits? Inclusive governance and equitable benefit sharing in the context of community forestry(closed for abstract submission).


  1. Just Transitions
  1. Extractivism, Bio-cultural Diversity and Climate Justice: Geographies of “unburnable carbon” for energy transition [description will follow] (open for abstract submission);
  2. Just Future: Effective justice pathways for the protection of people’s land rights and prevention of conflict(open for abstract submission);
  3. Land and Food: Towards fair and sustainable food systems (open for abstract submission);
  4. Re-imagining our Future: Building back better through progressive land policies and practices post COVID-19 (open for abstract submission).



  1. PhD Session (open for abstract submission).
  2. Perspectives on Pastoralism Film Festival (closed for abstract submission).



We now invite abstract submissions for the LANDac Annual International Conference 2021. LANDac invites you to review the collection of conference sessions (see attached and here) and submit your abstract to your preferred session. Abstract submissions should use the Abstract Submission Form.

Important! Abstracts should be submitted by 16th May 2021, in English and using the Abstract Submission Form. Please submit your abstract directly to the contact person of your preferred session and in CC. The session organisers and LANDac Organising Committee will review all submissions. Notification on acceptance of abstracts will be done by the end of May. Please note that all sessions will be hosted online.



In response to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 global crisis, the LANDac Annual International Conference 2021 will be held in an online format. This online format broadens the ways for participants to attend the conference: people from all over the world can join us without having to travel. The programme of this conference will include a diversity of keynote speakers from research and practice and several parallel sessions (roundtables, workshops, discussions) that participants can actively join.


TENTATIVE PROGRAMME                                                                           

30th June


14:00 – 15:30           Welcome, keynotes
1 and 2 + Q&A

15:30 – 15:45           Break

15:45 – 17:00           Sessions 1

17:00 – 17:30           Online networking

1st July

11:00 – 12:30           PhD session

13:30 – 14:15           Keynote 3 + Q&A

14:15 – 14:30           Break

14:30 – 15:45           Sessions 2

15:45 – 16:00           Break

16:00 – 17:15           Sessions 3

2nd July

11:00 – 12:30           PhD session (TBC)

13:30 – 14:45           Sessions 4

14:45 – 15:00           Break

15:00 – 16:15           Sessions 5

16:15  – 16:30          Break

16:30 – 17:00           Closing panel

17:00 – 17:30           Online Networking

Note: times are displayed in Central European Summer Time (CEST)



Registration for the conference is open now and will close mid-June. The fee to join the full conference (incl. keynotes) online is €25. We regret that LANDac is unable to cover any participant expenses.




One or two weeks before the start of the conference you’ll receive your personal link to join the online conference platform, where you can set-up your own profile and create your personalised conference schedule. More information will follow as soon as possible.