Participants: Filip Reyntjens, Johan Bastiaensen, Jude Murison, Dominik Kohlhagen
Source of Finance: UA Special Fund for Research - Geconcerteerde Onderzoeksactie (GOA)
Project Description: Using land dynamics as its prism, this research project aims to understand (1) how opportunity structures – defined by norms, institutions, actors and implementation processes at the local, national and international level – interact with localized life-worlds and the agency of local actors, and (2) how externally induced reforms may impact upon this interaction. Two case study countries will be considered: Rwanda and Burundi. The project adopts an actor-oriented perspective that aims to capture the complex interactions between human agency and the local institutional environment. A combination of three disciplinary approaches is used: development anthropology, development economics and law and development. This project runs in cooperation with the Faculty of Law (Prof W. Vandenhole) and the Faculty of Political and Social sciences (Prof J. Vranken).
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