The LANDac International Conference ‘Large-scale land acquisition in the context of urban sprawl and climate change – linking the rural and the urban’ aims to present current knowledge on the global land rush in urban and peri-urban areas. The conference will take place in the “Muntgebouw” in Utrecht on 30 June and 1 July.
Whereas previous research attention has been focussed on rural settings, similar processes are occurring in the urban sphere. Population growth, land scarcity, and investments in real estate development, infrastructure and urban extension are transforming landscapes and livelihoods.
Sessions at the conference focus on a variety of topics, including mega cities, urban expansion, conflict-related displacement, infrastructure development, food security, and land administration and smart solutions. Besides a diversity of presentations, the conference will also highlight special events around new publications, case studies (including the Amelisweerd and the Indonesian giant sea wall project ‘Garuda’), as well as a photo exhibition and a multi-media project. The conference also links up to international discussions in the context of Habitat III and features an expert round table on the zero draft of the New Urban Agenda.
The conference is organized by the Netherlands Academy on Land Governance (LANDac), a network of Dutch organizations working on issues of land governance and development which is led by the International Development Studies (IDS) group at the Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University.
Following the conference, the 7th edition of the annual LANDac summer school Land Governance for Development takes place (4-15 July 2016).