Land Deal Politics Initiative | Land Portal
Acronym: 
LDPI

Location

Rotterdam
Netherlands
NL
Working languages: 
Dutch
English

The Land Deal Politics Initiative (LDPI) is a network of the research programme of Political Economy of Resources, Environment and Population (PER) of the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Part of Erasmus University Rotterdam.

The aim of LDPI is for a broad framework encompassing the political economy, political ecology and political sociology of land deals.

Our general framework is based on answering 6 key questions:

  • Who owns what?
  • Who does what?
  • Who gets what?
  • What do they do with their surplus wealth?
  • Ho do social classes and groups in society and within the state interact with each other?
  • How do changes in politics get shaped by dynamic ecologies and vice versa?

First steps will involve data-gathering through literature reviews, followed by research into more targeted national contexts. This will help us understand a broader set of 'so what' questions.

 

Land Deal Politics Initiative Resources

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Institutional & promotional materials
December 2015
Cambodia

In rural Cambodia indiscriminate, illegitimate and often violent land grabs in the form of Economic Land Concessions (ELCs) have triggered myriad local responses by peasants facing evictions from private and communal lands.

Institutional & promotional materials
December 2015
Cambodia

The granting of economic land concessions (ELCs) over large parts of Cambodia has begun to attract global attention. It has also become a key focal point for civil society mobilization in Cambodia as well as for transnational activism directed at targets both within and outside Cambodia.

Institutional & promotional materials
December 2015
Global
Cambodia
Laos
Myanmar
Thailand
Vietnam

Research indicates that key parameters of “land grabbing” differ across regions (e.g., ILC 2012) – particularly in view of who invests and/or when the bulk of investments occurred.

Institutional & promotional materials
December 2015
Cambodia

Over the last decade, the highlands of Ratanakiri province in northeastern Cambodia have witnessed massive land acquisitions and profound land use changes, mostly from forest covers to rubber plantation, which has contributed to rapidly and profoundly transform the livelihoods of smallholders relying primarily on family-based farming.

Institutional & promotional materials
December 2015
Cambodia
Thailand

Chongjom border is a contested area which reflects power-related relationship between center and its marginal space. From deserted borderland in the buffer zone during Khmer Rouge period, Chongjom becomes an emerging 4th ranking of cross-border trading between Thailand and Cambodia, where value of exporting goods have been increased up to 224.05 % in 2013.

Institutional & promotional materials
December 2015
Cambodia
Laos
Myanmar
Thailand
Vietnam

Large-scale land acquisition are not new in the Mekong region but have been encouraged and have gathered momentum since the end of the 90s, particularly Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar.

Institutional & promotional materials
December 2015
Laos

In Laos land concessions have increased dramatically over the last decade. To provide a window into the concessions landscape, we conducted a nationwide inventory between 2007 and 2011. In response to an order by the Lao Government to its ministries, we developed a methodology to update the inventory and complement existing data with a systematic assessment of investment quality in 2014.

Institutional & promotional materials
December 2015
Laos

The Lao Land and Forest Allocation Policy (LFAP) was intended to provide clearer property rights for swidden farmers living in mountainous areas. These lands are legally defined as “State” forests but are under various forms of customary tenure.

Institutional & promotional materials
December 2015
Laos

Scholars have produced valuable insights on the question of recent “land grabbing” in the global South. They have, however, insufficiently studied the issue from below, particularly from the point of view of a crucial group in the land conundrum: the rural youth.

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