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Call for Papers: 2nd International Conference and Fair on Land and Development


The rapid urbanization and economic growth experienced in African cities, have brought about significant changes in the way land is managed and utilized. These cities face a range of land-related challenges, including informal settlements, land tenure insecurity, environmental degradation, and unequal access to land-based resources. These issues pose significant barriers to the state’s sustainable development and the well-being of its inhabitants.

In response to these pressing concerns, the proposed international conference on “Sustainable Land Management for Inclusive Development in African cities” will provide a dynamic platform for stakeholders to explore innovative solutions and share best practices in land management and development. The conference will bring together policymakers, urban planners, land professionals, researchers, civil society organizations, and other relevant stakeholders to discuss the critical issues at the intersection of land and development in the context of cities in Africa.

The aim of the international conference is to facilitate a collaborative and solutions-oriented dialogue that will contribute to the sustainable and inclusive management of land resources in African cities. The conference will serve as a catalyst for knowledge-sharing, policy discourse, and the development of practical strategies to address the complex land-related challenges facing the cities in Africa.


1.  To examine the current state of land governance, planning, and management in cities, and identify key challenges and opportunities.
2.   To explore innovative approaches to urban land-use planning, zoning, and the integration of environmental considerations into land development processes.
3.  To discuss strategies for addressing informal settlements, land tenure insecurity, and equitable access to land-based resources, with a focus on vulnerable and marginalized communities.
4.   To analyze the role of innovative financing mechanisms and public-private partnerships in supporting sustainable land development projects in African cities.
5.   To facilitate the exchange of knowledge, best practices, and collaborative initiatives among stakeholders from various sectors, including government, academia, civil society, and the private sector.
6.  To provide recommendations for strengthening the capacity of local authorities and institutions in land management, as well as enhancing data and information systems to support evidence-based decision-making.
7.   To explore the integration of climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies into land management policies and practices in African cities.

The following sub-themes are proposed for the conference to make it more inclusive:

1.  Land Use: Historical, Political and Social Evolution
2.  Land Valuation, Property Taxation and Urban Livelihood
3.  Urban Land Governance and Planning
4.  Sustainable Land Use and Environmental Conservation
5.  Innovative Finance and Investment for Land Development
6.  Capacity Building and Institutional Strengthening
7.  Innovative Engineering and Resilient Infrastructure
8.  Aesthetic Architectural Design and Urban Land Development
9.  Transportation Network and Urban Land Development
10. Coastal Land Reclamation, Urban Infill and Densification
11.  Informal Settlement Upgrading
12.  Legal and Women Access to Land Right
13.  Innovative Technologies, Sustainable Urban Development and Smart Cities
14.  Contested Narratives of Development

1.       Land Use: Historical, Political and Social Evolution

  • Sustainable land use planning and challenges
  • Allocation of used and location of spaces
  • Land use planning and citizens’ participation
  • Land succession in the urban periphery
  • Sprawl and its effects on sustainable/containment of city limits
  • Land, health and environmental sustainability

2.       Land Valuation, Property Taxation and Urban Livelihood:

  • History of land and property taxation
  • Land use charge and property taxation
  • Land valuation for compensation
  • Determination of land values for civil transaction
  • Trends in land values and their spatial distribution over time
  • Property taxation and public-private infrastructure development.
  • Analyzing public finance on integrated infrastructure planning for the city’s growth
  • and livelihood.

3.       Urban Land Governance and Planning:

  • Innovative approaches to urban land-use planning and zoning
  • Inclusive and participatory land governance frameworks
  • Addressing informal settlements and land tenure security
  • Reviewing and updating land use policies and regulations to enable sustainable and
  • inclusive land development.

4.       Sustainable Land Use and Environmental Conservation:

  • Balancing urban development and environmental protection
  • Innovative strategies for urban green spaces and biodiversity conservation
  • Integrating climate change adaptation and mitigation into land management

5.       Innovative Finance and Investment for Land Development:

  • Exploring alternative financing mechanisms for land development projects
  • Attracting private sector investment in sustainable land management
  • Leveraging public-private partnerships for land-based infrastructure

6.       Capacity Building and Institutional Strengthening:

  • Enhancing the capacity of local authorities and stakeholders in land management
  • Improving land information systems and data management
  • Fostering multi-stakeholder collaboration and knowledge-sharing

7.       Innovative Engineering and Resilient Infrastructure:

  • Designing and implementing resilient infrastructure systems (e.g., water, sanitation, energy, transportation) to support urban development.
  • Applying innovative engineering solutions to address the unique challenges of urban environment.

8.         Aesthetic Architectural Design and Urban Land Development:

  • Incorporating sustainable and contextually-appropriate architectural designs for urban development.
  • Integrating urban planning and architecture to create livable, mixed-use communities.
  • Addressing the challenges of high-density urban environments through innovative     architectural solutions.

9.         Transportation Network and Urban Land Development:

  • Developing efficient and multimodal transportation networks to improve connectivity and accessibility.
  • Promoting the integration of public transportation, non-motorized modes, and emerging mobility solutions.
  • Addressing traffic congestion and ensuring efficient movement of people and goods.

10.     Coastal Land Reclamation, Urban Infill and Densification:

  • Strategies for reclaiming land from the sea or coastal wetlands to support urban expansion and development.
  • Innovative engineering techniques and technologies for land reclamation projects.
  • Addressing the environmental impacts and sustainable management of reclaimed land.
  • Strategies for optimizing the use of available land within the city through infill development and densification.
  • Integrating new construction with existing urban fabric to create compact, mixed-use communities.
  • Addressing the challenges of land use conflicts and community engagement in urban densification projects.

11.     Informal Settlement Upgrading:

  • Developing comprehensive approaches to address the challenges of informal settlements and slums.
  • Integrating land tenure security, infrastructure provision, and livelihood support for informal communities.
  • Exploring collaborative frameworks between the government, private sector, and  community stakeholders.

12.     Legal and Women Access to Land Right:

  • Gender, power relations, and land right
  • Adaptive/repurposing buildings and regulations

13.     Innovative Technologies, Sustainable Land Development and Smart Cities:

  • Digital transformation in urban and planning and management
  • Smart infrastructure and the future of cities
  • Urban mobility solutions: from smart transport to autonomous vehicles
  • Data-driven decision making for sustainable urban development
  • E-governance, land management and smart city services
  • Resilient cities: harnessing technology for climate adaptation
  • The role of artificial intelligence and IoT in urban development
  • Smart buildings and energy efficiency in urban land development

14.     Contested Narrative of Development:

  • Visions of Development
  • Infrastructure Versus People-Centred development
  • Contested narratives of evictions
  • Reform coalitions and urban development

The proposed theme and sub-themes aim to address the various challenges and opportunities related to land management and development in the rapidly growing cities of Africa. The conference would provide a platform for policymakers, urban planners, researchers, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders to share best practices, discuss innovative solutions, and collaborate towards achieving sustainable and inclusive land development in African cities.

The outcomes of this international conference will contribute to the development of a comprehensive and inclusive approach to land management and development in African cities, ultimately supporting the cities’ sustainable growth and the well-being of its residents.

Guideline for Abstract Submission:

  • Title of Paper
  • Authors with their contact emails, telephone numbers and affiliations (Surname first, in capital and then other names)
  • Indicate corresponding author
  • Abstract should not be more than 350 words
  • Include five (5) keywords
  • Use Time New Romans 12 (font type/size)

Abstract should be submitted at https://forms.gle/MfcWZmKwAgzP79DW9

Key Dates:

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: July 22, 2024
  • Notification of Abstract Acceptance:  August 12, 2024
  • Submission of Full Paper Due Date:  October 1, 2024
  • Registration: Start June 10 to October 31, 2024

Register at https://forms.gle/q9TELYXVkNnvRFtSA

Enquiries about the conference can be sent to: unilagcentreforhousing@gmail.com