Contested Global Landscapes

A Multidisciplinary Initiative of the Cornell Institute for the Social Sciences

Guest blogpost by Holly Buck, Cornell University

"How do we know what we know?" asked Marc Edelman in a roundtable on methodologies, rounding off day 2 of the Global Land Grabbing Conference.  Taking a historical perspective, Edelman pointed out that historical studies of land tenure show us numerous problems for measuring land: archaic units of contested sizes, antiquated surveying techniques, areas in titles that don't correspond to boundaries in reality, boundaries specified using markers that move, and a host of other practical challenges.

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  1. The Samosa » Archive » The knowns and unknowns of the global land rush says:

    […] Politics Initiative (LDPI)’s second international conference on ‘Global Land Grabbing’. A roundtable on the methodological challenges of researching the land rush interrogated the quality of the evidence base, and the multiple and not always converging purposes […]

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