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Land Governance and Subnational Dynamics in Kenyan Politics

7 June 2019, 09:00 EAT - 17:00 EAT

This is an all-day research conference co-sponsored by Catherine Boone (London School of Economics) and Fibian Lukalo (National Land Commission of Kenya).  We present new research on changing patterns of land governance and subnational politics in Kenya, considering legacies of colonial native authorities, post-colonial settlement schemes, and group ranches on patterns of development across the regions, districts, electoral constituencies, and counties of Kenya.  Presenters from academia, government, law, and the NGO sector will consider the some of the causes and effects of geographical inequalities in Kenya, and how these interact with land politics, electoral politics, and politics in general.

We especially welcome academics and students working on these and related issues, in order to spur discussion of new research agendas and also policy-relevant strategies for the land sector, sustainable livelihoods, and political cohesion in Kenya.

Panels and Presenters:

  1. Kenyan Settlement Schemes. 9:00-10:30

Fibian Lukalo, National Land Commission of Kenya, NLC; Catherine Boone, London School of Economics; Sandra Joireman, University of Richmond “Kenyan Settlement Schemes, Past and Present”

Andrew Linke, Univ. of Utah, “Some Environmental Aspects of Settlement Schemes”

Nashon Adero, Lecturer, Taita-Taveta University ‘Mining and its impact on human rights in Taita-Taveta County’

Discussant: Gordon Wayumba, Technical University of Kenya

TEA 10:30-10:50

  1. Land Governance History in Kenya 11:00-12:30

Leigh Gardner and Jennifer Kohler, LSE “Colonial Origins of Internal Boundaries of African States: Kenya in Comparative Perspective”

Francesca di Matteo, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Marseille)

A New Geography of Land Adjudication in Kenya

Edward Bosire, NLC County Coordinator for Mombasa “Assessing Settlement Schemes in Mombasa”

Discussant: Dr. Collins Odote, University of Nairobi, School of  Law

LUNCH 12:40 to 2:00

III.  Land Governance and Development in Kenya (?).  2:00-3:40

Dennis Mtungi, NLC County Coordinator Taita Taveta “Assessing Settlement Schemes in Taita Taveta with reflections on Lamu.”

Juilette Crespin-Boucaud, Paris School of Economics “Early Settlement Schemes:  How have they fared over time?”

Margaret Ngina, Fridah Mugo, and Nargaret Nga’yu, University of Nairobi “Changing Household Land Size and Use in Settlement Schemes and Implications for Food and Livelihood Security: The case of Sabugo Sub-location in Nyandarua County”

Discussants: Prof. Elijah Ndegwa and Prof. Karanja Mwangi, University of Nairobi

TEA:  3:30-3:40

Regional Drivers of Politics and Competition Dynamics 3:40- 4:30

Anthony Mveyange, Trademark Kenya, “Using Nightlight to Analyze Spatial Inequality in African Countries”

Michael Wahman and Andrew Linke,  “Patterns of Electoral Regionalism: Evidence from Kenya, Malawi, and Zambia”

Alex Dyzenhaus, PhD candidate, Cornell University, ”Patronage, Policy and Property Rights in Kenya,” Cornell University ”

Final Comments: 4:30- 4:45

Oumar Sylla, Agatha Wanyonyi, and Sina Schlimmer, UN Human Settlements Programme, Global Land Tool Network, Nairobi



7 June 2019
09:00 EAT - 17:00 EAT




British Institute in Eastern Africa, Nairobi
Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa
Nairobi, Kenya
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