Global Land Governance: From territory to flow?

Thomas Sikor, Graeme Auld, Anthony Bebbington, Tor Benjaminsen, Bradford Gentry, Carol Hunsberger, Anne-Marie Izac, Matias Margulis, Tobias Plieninger, Heike Schroeder, Caroline Upton

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This article reviews recent research on contemporary transformations of global land governance. It shows how changes in global governance have facilitated and responded to radical revalorizations of land, together driving the intensified competition and struggles over land observed in many other contributions to this special issue. The rules in place to govern land use are shifting from ‘territorial' toward ‘flow-centered' arrangements, the latter referring to governance that targets particular flows of resources or goods, such as certification of agricultural or wood products. The intensifying competition over land coupled with shifts toward flow-centered governance has generated land uses involving new forms of social exclusion, inequity and ecological simplification.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)522-527
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Issue number5
Early online date17 Jul 2013
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2013


  • global land governance
  • territory
  • resources
  • flows

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