The Land Deal Politics Initiative (LDPI)

The aim of Land Deal Politics Initiative is for a broad framework encompassing the political economy, ecology and sociology of land deals. Globally, powerful transnational actors are tapping into lands outside their own borders to provide sufficient food and energy security at home. The original North-South dynamic of the 'global land grab' is developing into a North-South-South dynamic, with economically powerful non-Northern countries now getting involved. The reaction to this trend by state, corporate and civil society groups has been varied, moving between the extremes of seeing it as a major threat to the lives and livelihoods of rural people, to seeing it as an economic opportunity for the rural poor worldwide.

LDPI aims to:

  • Generate in-depth research and systematize cross-national and cross-regional comparative studies - global coordinating teams working with collaborators from different regions.
  • Create a space for the mutually beneficial exchange of data, information and knowledge - with other actors such as agrarian movements, independent think tanks, research institutions, development agencies, development policy experts and policy makers.

Read more: Resisting contemporary land grabs by Jun Borras.


  • Land Grabbing: Perspectives from East and Southeast Asia (June 2015 at Chiang Mai University, Thailand)

    You can find the call for papers here and the conference papers here.

  • Global Land Grabbing II (October 2012 at Cornell University, US)

    LDPI organized a second workshop on ‘Global Land Grabbing’ in October 2012 in New York. Among the keynote speakers was new Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization José Graziano da Silva.

    Find the call for papers here.

    Visit Cornell University website on landgrabbing.

  • Global Land Grabbing I (April 2011 at IDS Sussex, UK)

    The focus of the conference was the politics of global land grabbing and agrarian change. Papers are expected to address some of the most urgent and strategic questions around global land grab. The conference will be held on 6-8 April 2011 at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.

    You can view the call for papers here.