The research project on Land Management under Kenya's New Constitution was funded by the LSE's International Inequalities Insititute. It was published in 2019 African Affairs (link to article) with Alex Dyzenhaus, Catherine Gateri, Seth Ouma, James Owino, Achiba Gargule, Jacqueline Klopp, and Ambreena Manji as co-authors.
The Spatial Inequalities in African Political Economy Project (Jan. 2017+) is funded by LSE's RIIF Seed Fund and (since Jan. 2018) by an ESRC Research Grant supporting our work for the next 40 months. My collaborators are Michael Wahman, Fibian Lukalo of Kenya's NLC, Leigh Gardner, and Andrew Linke. Others working on the project in Fall 2019 are PhD students Jennifer Kohler and Yohan Iddawela at the LSE, Sandra Joireman at the Univ. of Richmond and the Spatial Analysis Lab team at UR (including Griffen Walsh, Lauren Scheffey, and Meg Carroll and Nina Mauney, pictured below) and Paddy Makene, Shiela Pamba, and Maureen Jerono of the NLC. See our blog posts here and here and in Nov. 2019, here.
Dr. Stephan Kyburz (PhD, Econ, Bern 2016) joined the project as a full-time post-doc in August 2019.
We presented three papers at ASA 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia, and held a series of workshops in Kenya in June 2019, culminating in a conference at BIEA on 7 June 2019. We also presented this research at ASA 2019. Fibian Lukalo presents at the World Bank Land and Poverty conference in 2020.
The "Vie sociale du certificat foncier" project in Côte d'Ivoire continues in Fall 2018 in collaboration with Dr. P. Brice Bado at CERAP in Abidjan. Originally funded as a LSE STICERD pilot study, this continues as part of the Center for Public Authority research program at the LSE (CPAID) and is substantively linked to the "Preferences for Titling" stream of the Spatial Inequality project The STICERD pilot resulted in a paper that appears in JMAS 56/2 (2018) as "Shifting visions of property under competing political regimes: Changing uses of Côte d'Ivoire 1998 land law" (link to article). Three MSc students are CERAP are currently engaged in the "Vie social du certificat foncier" project: Aristide Dion, Irigo Zibo, and Ismael Sonogo (at left). In the photo below you see us in the Dept. of Daloa to discuss land certification (Feb. 2019). Read our Sept. 2019 blog post here.
The Land Politics Working Group brings together faculty and students at all levels from across the London institutions to read and discuss issues revolving around the commodification of land. We consider land as an asset (values, speculation, impact of shifting patterns of control on accumulation and inequality); land politics as making and unmaking state-recognized citizen groups and other collectivities; and land and state-building (-decay?) processes that revolve around territorial boundaries, projection of state power, division of territories and related political opportunity (political demobilization) structures, accumulation strategies, and class formation (non-formation). Since LT 2017, Alexandra Hartman of UCL has been co-organizer.
MT 2019 Land Politics Working Group. Student Liaison: Ms. Yuezhou Yang (Y.Yang91@lse.ac.uk) programme 2019-2020.
LT Workshop 2018 programme
LT Workshop 2017 programme.
LT Land Politics MSc Dissertation Workshop 27 March 2017 programme