Special Issue "Land, Women, Youths, and Land Tools or Methods"

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Uchendu Eugene Chigbu

Technische Universität München; Arcisstrasse 21, D-80333 Munich, Germany
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Interests: Land methods; Land-use/Spatial planning; Land Tenure; Land Management; Land Governance/Policy; Rural/(peri)urban development; Women’s land rights

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Land (and its resources) is the most influential factor for development in the Global South. The youth, men, and women (and their households) rely upon it for their livelihoods, and for maintaining their living conditions in both urban and rural areas. However, in all cases, the women and youth remain left behind in the effort towards securing land rights for all.

Developing the tools or methods for securing land rights for all, especially for the youth and women, is a primary objective of responsible land management. Understanding the challenges women and youths face (and possible ways of resolving these challenges) in their quest to access, use and secure land resources, is vital for knowledge building for achieving tenure security for all. However, a broad knowledge gap exists on the land–women–youth–policy nexus of land management study and practice.

This Special Issue builds a knowledge base of research that presents emerging land tools or methods that can improve understanding of land–women–youth–policy relationships. I therefore invite research and review articles focusing on (but not limited to) the following themes:

  • Developing capacity in the context of women and youth land rights;
  • Responsible governance of tenure in the context of gender, women and societal transformations;
  • Evaluating tenure and tenure security in human settlements;
  • Analysing cases of youth and women’s land situations in the Global North and South;
  • Assessing land management (including land governance, land policy, and land administration) approaches and their impacts women and youths;
  • Searching for inclusive ways of managing and governing land resources, to ensure gender and social equity in developing countries;
  • Understanding the impacts of land management-related academic programmes on tenure policy principles and practices;
  • (Re)Scrutinising the impact of tenure regimes on women and youth land rights with a focus on progress so far;
  • The issue of the behavioural and social changes needed for the promotion of women and youth tenure situations;
  • Grasping technology use (including the filtering of technology bias) in the promotion of land tenure security in the Global South;
  • Investigating means, tools, and methods for securing women's and youths' access to land;
  • Developing policy-relevant innovations for improved equity in the use of land; and
  • Reviewing existing approaches to sustainably prescribe methods going forward.

Dr. Uchendu Eugene Chigbu
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • global land tools network
  • land resources
  • land governance
  • land justice
  • land management
  • land methods
  • land policy
  • land rights
  • land tenure
  • land tenure security
  • land tools
  • land research networks
  • natural resource management
  • women's land rights
  • youths' land rights

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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