3rd International Land Management Conference, 14-15 March 2024


This year we hosted close to 40 speakers and some 200 participants from 70 countries including representatives of governments and public bodies from 35 countries, 16 NGOs, 9 professional bodies, academics and students attendees from 78 universities, and countless practitioners.

Conference Themes

Theme 1: Can we build more inclusive and resilient land tenure systems by understanding social value and climate change?

Many land initiatives have focused on the goals of improving tenure security, formalizing land rights, formalizing and registering informal constructions and rights on them, strengthening womens rights through establishing new land policies; legal reform; systematic registration; or building land administration IT systems/infrastructure. While recent pro-poor developments such as the Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM) have extended the ideas of registration to include documentation of other kinds of occupancy, they do not fully address broader understanding of social or climate justice issues. We have tended to assume social value and climate resilience increase as a result of tenure security, but especially with climate change, urbanization and demographic shifts, do we need to look beyond the economic value of improved tenure and consider how climate and social justice concerns can inform the goals of land reforms. This session will consider these questions and advocate for social value and climate risk to be essential considerations of any planned land intervention.

Theme 2: How can land administration systems contribute to efficient and equitable land markets?

Formal real estate markets reflect a substantial share of the national economy of a country and underpin other sectors such as construction, agriculture, and financial services. For individuals, housing and land often represent the single most valuable and important assets they will ever possess. Hence security of title, low transaction costs, transparency, and access to finance are all seen as key to efficient market functioning. Conventionally, much of this is predicated on well-functioning land administration systems with properly registered real estate and a secure system for managing transactions. In many countries, these markets operate quasi-informally with unregistered real estate, reduced tenure security, low level of transparency, limited financial access and limited market depth. How can these markets serve the needs of citizens in an equitable manner? What are the effective land administration systems? To what extent property identification and registration are necessary for such markets? What is the role of institutional investors and how do they shift the power balance in the market? This session will consider both formal and informal real estate markets and how to improve their efficiency.

Theme 3: What approaches can Development Partners use to help achieve more successful Land Administration sector reform?

Land reform processes are notoriously difficult, complex, and fraught with risks of unintended consequences. Most Development Partners (DP) recognize land as a key constraint as well as an enabler for wider development but it can be difficult to find entry points. Initiatives such as the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT) have set out aspirational policies that have been quickly endorsed by DP and national governments, yet the implementation has lagged. There has been a great deal of focus on land governance and institutional constraints, however, this does not always filter through to effective intervention on the ground. This session will review and discuss some of the approaches and recent innovations being adopted by DP to identify more effective intervention strategies.

Theme 4: LINK  – Early Career Professionals and Junior Researchers – Innovations in Land Research and Practice

This is an open session to encourage early career professionals and junior researchers to present contributions under the theme of innovations in land research and practice of relevance to the land community. Hence, we welcome presentations on both completed and work-in-progress projects and research. Early career professionals and junior researchers will get a chance to present and get feedback on their work from other researchers and practitioners.

Conference Agenda

ILM3 – Conference programme – 20240314 – final

Book of abstracts

ILM3 – Book of abstracts – 20240402

Organizing Committee

Grazyna is a Senior Lecturer in Urban Economics and Real Estate at the School of Architecture and Environment at the University of the West of England. Her teaching centres around real estate finance, investment, and strategy. Her research is on investment strategies, transaction risk, the changing nature of the retail real estate market and land management. She carries nearly 20 years of experience in real estate consultancy gained at EY, PwC, and KPMG in the UK, Europe and Australia. She is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Chartered Valuation Surveyor, RICS assessor, past member of RICS governing bodies in Poland and Australia, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She holds MA in Economics, MSc in Property Appraisal and Management and PGCert in Academic Practice.

At LINK Grazyna is responsible for the Education and Professional Development stream. If you are interested, please e-mail grazyna.wiejak-roy@uwe.ac.uk or visit our Education Page. You might also be interested in Mrs Grazyna Wiejak-Roy – UWE Bristol and Grazyna (Wiejak) Wiejak-Roy, FRICS | LinkedIn

Richard is a Visiting Professor at University of West of England and has over 25 years of experience as a land administration professional working in more than 30 countries in eastern Europe, central Asia, the far east, Africa and the Caribbean. Richard has both academic (BSc, MSc, PhD) and business (MBA) qualifications and also undertook a two year postdoc in Japan. From 1992 until 2004, Richard worked mostly in eastern Europe (Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Lebanon and the former Yugoslavian territories), on the modernization of land administration systems and supporting emergent land markets. From 2004, Richard has worked increasingly worldwide and is currently undertaking or has recently completed assignments in Greece, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Uganda and Kosovo as well as completing several WB studies. Increasingly Richard’s work focuses on programme design, supervision, land markets and innovative ways to undertake land registration and build sustainable land administration systems.

At LINK Richard is responsible for the Knowledge Exchange stream. If you are interested, please e-mail r.baldwin@iland.consulting or visit our Knowledge Exchange Page.

Jessica is currently Professor in Real Estate and Climate Risk at the University of the West of England and co-Director of the centre for Architecture and Built Environment at UWE, Bristol. Her research interests include the fields of flood and climate risk management, real estate, land and property valuation and land management and she has recently led projects for a wide variety of funders including EPSRC, DFID, Defra, RICS and Flood Re. Jessica led the land planning and management of the DFID funded Urbanisation Research Nigeria research programme which spanned land planning and registration, climate resilience, municipal service delivery and valuation of urban development.

At LINK Jessica is responsible for the Research stream. If you are interested, please e-mail jessica.lamond@uwe.ac.uk, visit Jessica’s UWE page or visit our Research page

Dr Chryssy Potsiou is a Professor teaching Cadastre and Land Management, Property Valuation, and BIM at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. Having served the International Federation of Surveyors as Commission Chair(2007-2019), Vice President (2011-2014), and President (2015-2018), she is now an Honorary President of the organization.  Until recently she has been a bureau member of UNECE/Working Party on Land Administration and UNECEWPLA Vice-Chair.  She cooperated as a consultant with the World Bank and the Norwegian Mapping Agency for the compilation of research on Land Administration and on the formalization of informal settlements in the UNECE region. She served as a member of the board of directors at the Hellenic Mapping and Cadastre Organization and the agency responsible for the implementation of the Hellenic Cadastre, Hellenic Association of Rural and Surveying Engineers, and the Hellenic Societies for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, and for Geographic Information Systems. She currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the UN GGIM Academic Network (2023-2024). To learn more about Chryssy see: : http://users.ntua.gr/cpotsiou/

Stig Enemark is Honorary President of the International Federation of Surveyors, FIG (President 2007-2010). He is Professor Emeritus of Land Management at Aalborg University, Denmark, where he was Head of School of Surveying and Planning for 15 years. He holds a M.Sc. in Surveying, Planning, and Land Management and before joining the University in 1980 he was a consultant surveyor in private practice for 12 years. He is Past President and Honorary Member of the Danish Association of Chartered Surveyors. He is a well-known international expert and consultant in the areas of land administration systems, land management and spatial planning, and related issues of education and capacity development. He has published widely in these areas and undertaken consultancies for the World Bank and the European Union especially in Eastern Europe, Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. For a full list of more than 400 publications see https://vbn.aau.dk/en/persons/100037/publications/.

Ugandan lawyer with 27 years of accumulated work experience with 18 years in leadership positions at national, regional, and global levels; 24 years in land governance; 19 years in piloting innovations in gender, land, and tenure security; 14 years in organizational development & management, partnerships, and network building; and 5 years in environmental governance focusing on legal and social research, monitoring and evaluation, and policy advocacy. At IGAD, Esther’s tasks involve growing multi-country diverse teams to focus on land governance while localizing regional policy directives.  The key areas are improving land administration, strengthening land use and management, realizing the value of land in the economy, and promoting equality for all on land. Through this pioneering work, I am leading the IGAD Land Governance Unit towards becoming a Regional Agency on Land.

Peter Ache, a renowned expert in the field of property valuation and market analysis, has extensive networks both in Germany and internationally. In his capacity as editor-in-chief of the Real Estate Market Report Germany, and through his leadership of various national and international working groups, he is passionately committed to the establishment and adoption of standardised, robust valuation methodologies. Mr. Ache is also a member of a research consortium under the auspices of the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development. This consortium is focusing on a research project to increase transparency in the property market. With effect from 1 January 2023, Mr. Ache has been appointed Chairman of the “Valuation and Management of Real Estate” Commission within the International Federation of Surveyors, a global organisation.

Lorenzo Cotula is the Head of the Law, Economies and Justice Programme at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Lorenzo’s research and policy work cuts across land and natural resource governance; international investment; transnational value chains; human rights; and legal empowerment, citizen agency and public accountability. Before joining IIED in 2002, Lorenzo worked as a research consultant to the Legal Office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). He holds a degree in law (Sapienza University of Rome), an MSc in Development Studies (London School of Economics), a PhD in law (University of Edinburgh) and a PgCert in Sustainable Business (University of Cambridge). 

Dr. Moses Musinguzi an Associate Professor in the Department of Geomatics and Land Management and Principal of the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology at Makerere University in Uganda. He is a registered/licenced Land Surveyor with over 29 years’ experience in Land Administration and Geographical / Land Information Systems working as a Researcher, Consultant and Educationist. He possesses a PhD in Geo-informatics undertaken as a sandwich between Uppsala University in Sweden and Makerere University in Uganda(2004-2007), a Masters Degree in Geographical Information Systems from Nottingham University in the UK (1995-1996) and a Bachelors Degree in Surveying from Makerere University (1990-94). Dr. Musinguzi has participated in Land Administration reforms in Africa with experience in Uganda, Liberia, Mozambique and East African Countries. His research interest are in low cost approaches for enhancing land tenure security.

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