Land and Poverty Conference 2018: Call for Papers, Posters and MasterClass

Land Governance in an Interconnected World : Call for Papers, Posters and MasterClass

The World Bank is pleased to invite abstract submissions for the 19th Annual Conference on Land and Poverty to be held March 19 – 23, 2018 in Washington, DC, USA.

Conference structure

  • March 19: Official opening event and pre-conference session and at 5 pm.
  • March 20-22: Parallel thematic tracks with oral paper presentations and policy round tables. Closing session on March 22 followed by a reception.
  • March 20-21: Poster sessions.
  • March 22: Innovation fair.
  • March 23: Learning day: MasterClasses and field visits.
  • March 19-23: Exhibition booths in Atrium (please contact conference organizers on availability and conditions).

Conference priority themes for oral presentations and posters

  1. New academic research on the impact of land tenure security for sustainable development, equity and prosperity, (results and their policy relevance; new research methodologies);
  2. New rigorous impact evaluations on scalable approaches toward strengthening land governance;
  3. New ways of using spatial data (imagery, drones, mobile phones etc.) to strengthen land governance, sustainable land use, and/or support land administration services in urban and/or rural settings;
  4. Innovations for securing land and resource rights in customary settings, gender, collective action, and role of customary authorities;
  5. Progress with land governance performance monitoring, approaches to (gender) disaggregation, and Sustainable Development Goals;
  6. Requirements for moving from pilots to land administration service delivery at scale: good, cheap, fast and equitable;
  7. Improving resilience and resilience impact of national land and geospatial systems; and seamless, unified and comprehensive geospatial data for enhanced management of landscapes and inclusive land reform;
  8. Modernizing and financing land service delivery and organizations, contribution private sector;
  9. New insights on land governance strategies for conflict prevention and supporting peace agreements;
  10. Fair leverage of land for realizing and financing infrastructure, housing, urban expansion, and public goods;
  11. Achieving responsible large-scale land based investments: lessons learned 10 years on.

Submission instructions for paper abstract

  • Please submit abstract for oral presentation of an individual paper, poster, or MasterClass by October 13, 2017 via Conftool (Please view guidelines on how to create a new user account and submit an abstract).
  • Abstracts should be between 800 and 1,500 words, anonymous, written in American English, and submitted online in Word format. Abstracts less than 800 words will not be reviewed.
  • Abstract selection for presentation is on the basis of a double blind peer-review process. Criteria are (i) relevance to conference thematic tracks and overall theme; (ii) evidence-based and methodological appropriateness; (iii) innovative and new; (iv) significance of findings for policy, implementation or research agenda; and (v) clarity of presentation.
  • Abstract acceptance for oral presentation, poster and masterclass will be communicated by December 4, 2017.
  • Due to space limitation, registered participants will be assigned only one slot for oral presentation (for accepted abstract).
  • Kindly note that inclusion of an accepted presentation in final conference program is conditional on timely conference registration and uploading of full paper, poster or material for masterclass.
    • Conference registration should be completed by February 1, 2018.
    • Full papers should be uploaded by February 15, 2018.