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Workshop "Social Cohesion and Rural Transformation"

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13.06.2023 - 14.06.2023
2:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Peace Academy Rhineland-Palatinate, University of Kaiserslautern-Landau, Germany
Peace Academy Rhineland-Palatinate


Questions of social cohesion have gained increasing attention in academic discussions and policy circles in recent years. When it comes to land governance changes, social cohesion as well as human security have been shaped by these transformations, especially in conflict-affected environments. In this context, we want to highlight how emerging conflicts from land use changes or land reforms impact social cohesion and human security in communities and reshape the relation between residents and local/customary authorities or the state.
The workshop aims to discuss the following the questions:

  • What are the drivers of social cohesion and how can we measure it?
  • How are social cohesion and human security linked?
  • How do customary or statutory land governance changes impact the constituents of social cohesion?
  • In which ways do (contested) access to natural resources, large-scale land acquisitions, and gender dynamics impact social cohesion?
  • How can new land laws be successfully implemented in consideration of human security and social cohesion?


Tuesday, June 13 2023


14:00- 14:45

Welcome & Introduction

Anne Hennings & Christopher Rohles



14:45 – 15:35

Social Cohesion as the Missing Link between Natural Resource Management and Peacebuilding

Katharina Löhr

Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research


15:35 – 16:00

Coffee Break (+ Cake at Cafeteria)



16:00 – 16:50

Customary Law and Practice; Okunle Cult Leaders in Human Security in Rural Ghana

Thompson Gyedu Kwarkye

University of Oxford



16:50 – 17:15


Anne Hennings & Christopher Rohles


Dinner at Frank-Loebsches Haus

Wednesday, June 14 2023

From 08:00



09:00 – 09:15

Short introduction

Anne Hennings & Christopher Rohles




09:15 – 10:05

Large-scale acquisitions of communal land in the Global South: Assessing the risks and formulating policy recommendations

Christoph Kubitza

Humboldt University of Berlin/German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)


10:05 – 10:20

Coffee Break



10:20 – 11:10

Land titles are not enough! – Local Populations Shaping Land Use Regimes in Southwestern Amazonia

Claudia B. Pinzón Cuellar

Free University of Berlin




11:10 – 12.00

Land Laws and Human Security in Africa: Lessons from Nigeria’s Niger Delta

Nathaniel Umukoro

Western Delta University, Nigeria



12:00 – 13:00

Conclusion & Outlook

Anne Hennings & Christopher Rohles


Lunch (optional)

Contact Information

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76829 Landau

Phone: +49 6341-280-38550