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Publié le mercredi 04 janvier 2017 par João Fernandes


This panel adopts land as a conflictual entry point onto the peri-urban research agenda in Africa. It sheds light on the political economy of land accumulation and value capture, in a context of urban sprawl, increasing land grabs, rampant speculation, new land uses and models of planning for cities


Panel at the 7th European Conference on African Studies (ECAS 2017)   “Urban Africa - Urban Africans. New encounters of the rural and the urban”, Basel, 29 June – 01 July 2017. On behalf of the Research Network of African Studies Centres in Europe :

Long Abstract

Much of the predicted growth of African cities occurs through processes of rapid expansion into the peri-urban interface. What does this mean for evolving urban-rural dynamics? This panel adopts land as an increasingly conflictual entry point onto this salient urban research agenda. It sheds light on the political economy of land accumulation and land value capture in the rural fringes of African cities, in a context of increasing land grabs, changing land uses, rampant speculation and the introduction of new, often imported, models of land management and planning.

Who are the actors of these refashioned land markets? Are they connected to more obviously 'urban' stakeholders? Do markets work in segmented or unifying ways? Are we witnessing the emergence of distinct or hybrid alliances trying to capture land values? Who are the winners, and conversely who is losing, in these processes of land selling and acquisition?

To what extent do these urban trends resemble or differ from agricultural land grabs? Relatedly, what are the mechanisms legitimising these renewed land activities? Do they lead to redistributive processes, through taxation, clientelism or any informal means? Are they particularly targeted at the financing of much-needed urban infrastructure in increasingly marketised environments?

The peri-urban interface is at the heart of intense conflicts of interest on land resources. This panel seeks to shed light on the socio-economic underpinnings of the making of the African 'urban'. It welcomes papers that adopt a comparative or single case-study research approach.

Submission guidelines 

All paper submissions must be made via the online system, and not via email :

See the link “submit paper” at the bottom of the page, under the long abstract :

The deadline for paper submissions is 19 January 2017. Paper proposals should be submitted ahead of time and not at the last minute.


  • Monique Bertrand, IRD, CESSMA – UMR 245 (IRD, Université Paris Diderot, INALCO),
  • Barbara Lipietz, University College London, Bartlett’s Development Planning Unit,
  • Colin Marx, University College London, Bartlett’s Development Planning Unit,;


  • The Centre for African Studies Basel and the Swiss Society for African Studies - University of Basel
    Bâle, Confédération Suisse


  • jeudi 19 janvier 2017


  • articulation rural/urbain en Afrique, étalement urbain, accaparement, rente foncière, spéculation, conflit

Source de l'information

  • Monique Bertrand
    courriel : monique [dot] bertrand [at] ird [dot] fr

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