The International Development Studies Alumni Association of Utrecht University

Projects & publications

IDS in 2013: Annual report

The Annual Report of the International Development Studies group of Utrecht University is available now. To find out more about IDS' activities in 2013,   check out the report here!

Edited volume: The Global Land Grab

The last two years have seen a huge amount of academic, policy-making and media interest in the increasingly contentious issue of ‘land grabbing’ - the large-scale acquisition of land in the global South. It is a phenomenon against which locals seem defenseless, and one about which multilateral organizations such as the World Bank as well as civil-society organizations and action NGOs have become increasingly vocal. This in-depth and empirically diverse volume takes a step back from the hype to explore a number of key questions: Does the ‘Global Land Grab’ actually exist? If so, what is new about it? And what, beyond the immediately visible dynamics and practices, are the real problems? 

This comprehensive and much-needed intervention on one of the most hotly contested but little-understood issues facing Global South countries today is edited by Mayke Kaag and Annelies Zoomers and features contributions from IDS staff among others. Learn more, check out the reviews or order your copy here.

Latest IDS/SD-ID student research: Development Around the World

Development Around the World is the latest compilation of articles authored by Master's students of International Development Studies and Sustainable Development at Utrecht University. All articles are based on empirical research conducted by students, covering a variety of regions throughout the world. The publication offers an academically relevant yet accessible insight into a number of pressing issues within the context of contemporary International Development. If you have questions about the book or if you are an IDS or SD-ID student interested in creating the next book, contact Murtah Read for more information. Happy reading!

Book chapter: Contested Spatialities, Lifestyle Migration and Residential Tourism

Edited by Michael Janoschka & Heiko Haas


A chapter on Lifestyle Migration and Residential Tourism written by Sanne van Laar (2011 alum), Ine Cottyn (2011 alum), Ronnie Donaldson, Annelies Zoomers and Sanette Ferreira titled ‘Living apart together’ in Franschhoek, South Africa - The implications of second-home development for equitable and sustainable development' has recently been published by Routledge in Contested Spatialities, Lifestyle Migration and Residential Tourism. More details on the book can be found here.


Untangling the Myth of the Global Land Rush

A look at the the implications of the global land rush on food security and inequality by Annelies Zoomers and Evert-Jan Quak published at The Broker.



Agriculture Beyond Food: Sliding from Greasy Land? Migration flows and forest transformation caused by oil palm expansion in Riau, Sumatra and Bearu, East Kalimantan


This project, one of three components of the Agriculture Beyond Food program, aims to contribute to a clear understanding of the indirect effects of oil palm expansion in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Various publications by research program team members Prof. dr. Annelies Zoomers, Dr. P.P. M. Burgers, Suseno Budidarsono, Ari Susanti and Carina van der Laan can be found here.



IDS 2012 Annual Report

The 2012 Annual Report of the International Development Studies group of Utrecht University is available here.