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 who have worked or are now working on the project are Jennifer Kohler, Cristin Fergus, Johan Ahlback, Yohan Iddawela, Daisy Sibun, and Viktor Selanius of the LSE, Sandra Joireman and Kimberley Browne of Univ. of Richmond and the Spatial Analysis Lab team at UR (including Griffen Walsh, Lauren Scheffey, and Meg Carroll and Nina Mauney) and Paddy Makene, Shiela Pamba, and Maureen Jerono of the NLC in Nairobi (pictured below). See our blog posts via the links above. Ed Goldring from U. of Missouri joined us at LSE ID as a visitor in MT 2018.
We presented three papers at ASA 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia, Nov. 30-Dec. 1 and are holding a workshop/mini conference at the BIEA in Nairobi in June 2019.
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).
The Land Politics Reading 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.
LT Workshop 2018 programme
LT Workshop 2017 programme.
LT Land Politics MSc Dissertation Workshop 27 March 2017 programme