Panel 10: POLITICS – Commodification, Conflicts and Dispossession: Interactions between the Global and the local

The papers in this panel analyse the impacts of global processes of an increased commodification of land – related to a scramble for land for large-scale agricultural production, the production of biofuels, and tourism – on local contestations over land and dispossession. The presenters demonstrate the need to carefully situate the influences and impacts of such global processes in local contexts.

Important aspects of these local contexts addressed in the papers are local market liberalization policies and land reforms, but also changing power relations, processes of marginalization, and corruption. The cases presented in this panel include contestations over land in Rwanda, Namibia, Ethiopia and Canada.

Chair: Marja Spierenberg, VU Amsterdam

Emily Alpert