This panel aims at exploring the blank spot in the “land grab” debate: the concealed but accelerating process of domestic and international large-scale land acquisitions in the transition countries of the former socialist countries in Eurasia.
As practically nothing is known yet about the ways such land deals materialise, it firstly aims at investigating the magnitude and nature of the land deals. In particular it will investigate the various ways in which land acquisitions occur (lease/sale, legal/illegal, private sector/government driven), exploring the actors involved and their motivations. The panel will cover land grabbing in various sectors: agriculture, forestry and (sub) urban real estate development.
Chair: Max Spoor, International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
- Oane Visser, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands, and Max Spoor, ISS/Erasmus University, Netherlands, Land grabbing in the former Soviet Union: mechanisms and consequences (Presentation)
- Oane Visser and Natasha Mamonova, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands, Land deals in Russian agriculture: exploring various (il)legal strategies of large-scale land acquisition (Presentation)
- Giuseppina Siciliano, University IUAV of Venice, Urbanisation strategies and agrarian change in Eastern China: a multilevel integrated assessment (Presentation)