The International Development Studies Alumni Association of Utrecht University


LANDac, the IS Academy on Land Governance for Equitable and Sustainable Development, is an major initiative of IDS. The consortium aims at bringing together researchers, policy makers and practitioners in the field of land governance and development.

LANDac is oneof several IS Academies initiated since 2005 by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA). An IS Academy is a public-private partnership of several years duration between MoFA and a consortium composed of academia, civil society and private sector organizations with the aim to improve the quality of policy-making by building better links with research.

You can read the 2012 Annual Report here.

LANDac PhD research reaches Costa Rica and Nicaragua

Though often unnoticed in the debate on large-scale land acquisitions, tourism and in particular residential tourism can be important causes of land alienation. LANDac PhD graduate Femke van Noorloos, who conducted research on residential tourism and its implications for development in Costa Rica, was invited by the development NGO Alba Sud to provide local students, professors and policy makers in Nicaragua and Costa Rica with more insight into this topic. In April and May 2013 Femke gave guest lectures for a wide audience at the Universidad Nacional in Liberia, Costa Rica, and at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua in Managua, Nicaragua. Proceedings and Powerpoints of the Nicaragua workshop can be accessed in Spanish on Alba Sud's website.

In addition, two Spanish-language papers on Femke's PhD research were published and widely disseminated by Alba Sud. The first is a general overview of the thesis while the second discusses residential tourism within the 'land grab' debate, available here.