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Land Tenure Security and Sustainable Development

Palgrave Macmillan
  • A diverse range of contributing authors provide a unique disciplinary, sectoral and topical perspective

  • Focus on issues that emerge across predominantly rural landscapes in the tropics

  • Presents a synthesis of the relationship between tenure security and sustainable development

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxxvii
  2. Property Rights, Tenure Form, and Tenure Security

    • Yuta J. Masuda, Brian E. Robinson, Margaret B. Holland
    Pages 1-13Open Access
  3. A Historical Perspective on Land Tenure Security

    • William D. Sunderlin, Margaret B. Holland
    Pages 15-41Open Access
  4. Who Defines Land Tenure Security? De Jure and De Facto Institutions

    • Brian E. Robinson, Moustapha Diop
    Pages 43-56Open Access
  5. Indigenous and Customary Land Tenure Security: History, Trends, and Challenges in the Latin American Context

    • Laura Aileen Sauls, Fernando Galeana, Steven Lawry
    Pages 57-79Open Access
  6. Championing Women’s Tenure Security

    • Diana Fletschner, Shipra Deo, Monica Mhoja
    Pages 81-100Open Access
  7. People-Land Relationships on the Path to Sustainable Food Security

    • Malcolm Childress, Pranab Choudhury, Jolyne Sanjak
    Pages 101-130Open Access
  8. A Complex Relationship: Large-Scale Land Acquisitions and Land Tenure Security

    • Kerstin Nolte, Chewe Nkonde, Paul Samboko, Raoul Herrmann, Sarah Holzapfel, Henry Machina et al.
    Pages 131-155Open Access
  9. Strategies for Securing Tenure: The Promise and Pitfalls of Formalization

    • Margaret B. Holland, Moustapha Diop
    Pages 225-246Open Access
  10. Securing Communal Tenure Complemented by Collaborative Platforms for Improved Participatory Landscape Management and Sustainable Development: Lessons from Northern Tanzania and the Maasai Mara in Kenya

    • Hannah L. Timmins, Patricia Mupeta-Muyamwa, Jackson Marubu, Chira Schouten, Edward Lekaita, Daudi Peterson
    Pages 247-267Open Access
  11. Beyond the Traditional: Voluntary Market-Based Initiatives to Promote Land Tenure Security

    • Daniela A. Miteva, Lea Fortmann, Roan McNab
    Pages 269-290Open Access
  12. Emerging Research Needs and Policy Priorities for Advancing Land Tenure Security and Sustainable Development

    • Yuta J. Masuda, Brian E. Robinson, Margaret B. Holland, Tzu-Wei Joy Tseng, Alain Frechette
    Pages 313-326Open Access
  13. Back Matter

    Pages 327-329

About this book

This open access book presents a nuanced and accessible synthesis of the relationship between land tenure security and sustainable development. Contributing authors have collectively worked for decades on land tenure as connected with conservation and development across all major regions of the globe. The first section of this volume is intended as a standalone primer on land tenure security and its connections with sustainable development. The book then explores key thematic challenges that interact directly with land tenure security, followed by a section on strategies for addressing tenure insecurity.  The book concludes with a section on new frontiers in research, policy, and action.  An invaluable reference for researchers in the field and for practitioners looking for a comprehensive overview of this important topic.

This is an open access book.


  • land tenure security
  • sustainable development
  • sustainable development goals
  • Formalization of land tenure
  • human ecology
  • Land acquisitions and dispossession
  • Open Access

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Geography & Environmental Systems, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, USA

    Margaret B. Holland

  • Global Science, The Nature Conservancy, Arlington, USA

    Yuta J. Masuda

  • Department of Geography, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

    Brian E. Robinson

About the editors

Margaret B. Holland, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Geography & Environmental Systems, University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Yuta J. Masuda, PhD, Senior Sustainability and Behavioral Scientist, The Nature Conservancy.

Brian E. Robinson, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, McGill University.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Hardcover Book USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)