LDPI Working Paper Series 2024

A new series by the Land Deal Politics Initiative
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More than a decade ago, the Land Deals Politics Initiative (LDPI) was launched as a loose network of scholars and activists concerned about the rise of land, water and green grabs across the world and the consequences for rural livelihoods and agrarian relations. 

A massive wave of investment in land, resulting in expropriation and displacement, had emerged following the financial, food and energy crises of 2008-09. 

The global debate around land deals has diminished in the last several years, but important research and political questions remain:

  • What happened to the thousands of land grabs documented by researchers, non-governmental organisations, activist groups, news media and aid agencies? 
  • What new configurations of land, labour and capital have emerged since? 
  • How has the rise of authoritarian, state-led populism and politics re-shaped the tensions between ‘foreignisation’ and extraction? 

This LDPI Working Paper Series includes work in progress presented at the 2024 Global Land Grabbing Conference in Bogotá, addressing urgent challenges related to land, water, and natural resource grabbing.

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