Special Issue "Land, Land Use and Social Issues"
A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2019
Prof. Dr. Frank Vanclay
Cultural Geography, Director Urban & Regional Studies Institute, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
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Interests: social impact assessment; social impact management; project induced displacement and resettlement; social license to operate; social sustainability; extractive industries and society; rural communities; community engagement; human rights impact assessment; business and human rights; Indigenous rights; free, prior and informed consent; natural resource sociology
Land, land use, land ownership, land tenure and land rights are much contested in concept and in practice. In addition to notions of place attachment and sense of place, critical concerns such as social justice, environmental justice, environmental movements, social protest, Indigenous peoples, informal tenure, land grabbing, livelihoods, displacement and resettlement, resistance and resilience are among the many issues that spring to mind when ‘land’ is considered from a social perspective. Many development projects cause the displacement of people. While international standards (e.g. the International Finance Corporation Performance Standards) advocate the avoidance of resettlement, there will still be times when it necessary to resettle people if the Sustainable Development Goals are to be achieved. Given the centrality of land to rural people’s lives, land-for-land has been the catchphrase intended to promote good development practice. However, land-for-land is difficult to implement, especially in terms of retaining the same or better quality land, and especially if community-based resettlement is intended. Restoring livelihoods in new locations can also be complex. Another significant land issue is the cumulative process of land acquisition, known as land grabbing, in which landscapes, production systems, and use of resources change. These changes can have profound social impacts for people rendered dispossessed by land grabbing. Land grabbing exacerbates issues of land tenure, especially in situations with informal tenure. Local people can be tricked into selling their land, or enticed or coerced to leave so that it voids their future claim to land rights. Into the future, international concerns about due diligence (as in the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights), responsible sourcing, and human rights through the supply chain will mean that companies will need to be more responsible regarding how land is acquired. In some cases, restitution to original owners may be required. This Special Issue of Land seeks to include papers that address any of the social aspects associated with land, land use and land management. We seek papers from around the world that address conceptual issues or case studies revealing the importance of land, and/or that discuss problems that arise in relation to land grabbing or project land acquisition.
Prof. Dr. Frank Vanclay
Dr. Constanza Parra
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Land is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
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- land acquisition
- displacement and resettlement
- land grabbing
- land for land
- land rights
- environmental justice
- informal tenure