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Beyond land grab: new perspectives on investments and land in the Global South

News: Oct 05, 2018

How can we take the discussion on investments in the Global South beyond the 'land grab' narrative? On 24 October, scholars, policymakers such as FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN), and NGO representatives will meet for a panel debate at the School of Global Studies.

The aim of the event is to widen the debate on land in relation to ongoing investments in the Global South and to problematise the ongoing discussion on land grab.

“By putting together a panel where different perspectives meet, we hope to see how researchers from different disciplines, practitioners and policymakers can add to and nuance the existing dominant narrative of investments as land grabs. Although there is no doubt that some investments are harmful to local populations, it is increasingly recognised that this storyline may not always do justice to the multitude of actors involved, the heterogeneous impacts on and reactions from various groups and the many issues at stake” says Malin Nystrand, Post-doc at the School of Global Studies.

The panel debate is arranged by a Nordic research network of scholars who explore issues related to land and investments in Africa.

When: 24 October, 13.00-15.00, followed by coffee and a mingle
Where: Room 302, Annedalseminariet, Seminariegatan 1A
Sign up for the event no later than 21 October

Malin Nystrand, Post-doc at School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg will lead the panel.

Panel participants include:
Lars Buur, Roskilde University
Ellen Hillbom, Lund University
George Frynas - Open University, London
Jesper Karlsson, FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN)
Mats Hårsmar, Expert Group for Aid Studies
Jakob Lundberg, WeEffect (NGO)
Lasse Krantz, University of Gothenburg / LARRI (Land Rights Research Initiative)


Land grabbing in short
Land grabbing is the contentious issue of large-scale land acquisitions where local populations are (or are threatened to be) dispossessed of their land.

Photo: Lars Buur

BY: Evelina Assarsson & Linda Genborg

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