Land Use and Rural Livelihood in Africa Project (LURLAP) Update February 2014

LURLAP which is a collaborative research project, currently involving researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the University of Zambia (UNZA), was initiated in 2011, following the exchange visits between project team members from the two institutions in 2010. For details about this project please refer to the project brief.

Activities and Events in 2011

  • A three-day workshop aimed at introducing the project was held in early February 2011. At that workshop, a decision was taken to raise funds for the project by putting together a research funding proposal.
  • A research funding proposal for the project was finalised by the end of September 2011 and has so far been submitted to several possible funders.

Activities and Events in 2012

  • A two day workshop was held at UNZA to discuss and develop strategies to raise funds for the project
  • LURLAP was adopted as the official name for the project.
  • Detailed plans and schedule for field work were also discussed at the workshop.

Activities and Events in 2013

  • Initial fieldwork for the project was conducted in Chibombo and Chongwe Districts at the end of January.
  • A journal article (currently in press) has been prepared based on data from the preliminary fieldwork conducted at the end of January 2013.
  • The project was awarded the Harry Oppenheimer Institute (HOI) research grant.

Activities and Events in 2014

  • Following the award of a research grant, a planning meeting was held in early February. Further fieldwork involving stakeholders including NGOs, political parties and quasi-government bodies involved in the issues of land use and rural livelihoods were conducted in Lusaka.
  • Networks with various organisations working on land use and related activities have been established

Plans for 2014

  • Data collection is scheduled to be conducted during the last week of June and first week of July
  • Activities to raise more funds to complete the planned research have been planned for this year.
  • The possibilities of extending the research project to include case studies from other countries in Africa will be explored further in the course of the year.

Center for African Studies: Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts
Reflections on South Africa’s Agrarian Questions after 20 years of Democracy
Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa


The Centre for African Studies at the University of Cape Town will be hosting an international workshop which will reflect on South Africa’s land and agrarian questions 20 years after the advent of democracy in South Africa. The workshop will be held in the Centre for African Studies gallery on 14 and 15 August 2014.

We invite scholars working on agrarian change, land reform, farm workers, rural development, social movements, trade unions, nature conservation, or eco-tourism in South Africa to submit an abstract. We specifically encourage young and upcoming scholars  with fresh empirical and/or ethnographic material to participate in this event. This includes scholars who have recently completed their PhDs and Phd students in the final stages of their project. The main objective of the workshop is to discuss and share a broad range of themes and explore how new material contributes to and refreshes mainstraim debates in contemporary agrarian scholarship.

The output of the workshop will be to publish a selection of the high quality papers presented in a special issue with a relevant academic journal. To make this possible, presenters must submit a full paper.