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Special Issue "Land Perspectives: People, Tenure, Planning, Tools, Space, and Health"

Efficient land (including water and forest) administration practices are required to achieve many global development agendas—e.g., land degradation neutrality, New Urban Agenda, COP21, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and COVID-19 or Coronavirus pandemic challenges.

It also helps to create a peaceful environment by eliminating social conflicts caused by poor land administration practices. Achieving these agendas requires an understanding of how land administration practices can impact people, property tenure, and health or wellbeing. Hence, there is a need to probe natural resources administration theories and tools.

Good land administration helps to secure property tenures. It also protects the land rights of people (including individuals, communities, and the state) through good governance principles and practices. Therefore, probing land administration practices—whether in developed or developing countries—is essential to developing tools or methods for securing natural resource rights for people, especially for youth and women. Understanding the land and health or wellbeing nexus is crucial for adequate living conditions for people in living urban, peri-urban, and rural areas. A broad knowledge gap exists on the land/water/forest–people–health–wellbeing nexus of natural resource administration research and practical tools.

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X). This special issue belongs to the section "Socio-Economic and Political Aspects of Contemporary and Historical Land Issues".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.

This Special Issue presents insights on theories and practices on land administration in the context of land/water/forest–people–health–wellbeing nexus relationships. The editors, therefore, invite conceptual, case studies, field research, and review articles focusing on (but not limited to) the following themes:

  • Land administration and property sciences.
  • Urban and peri-urban land/water/forest administration.
  • Rural land administration.
  • Land/water/forest administration (including governance, policy, and management) approaches and their impacts on people’s wellbeing.
  • Administering land and natural resources to ensure social equity in developing countries.
  • Social conflicts related to land, water, forest, and other natural resources.
  • Consequences of COVID-19 or coronavirus for the global agenda on land and the environment.
  • Land administration in the context of women and youth land rights.
  • Spatial, regional and territorial planning.
  • Urban-rural land linkages.
  • Land tools for global change and local action.
  • Land/water/forest–people–health interconnectivity.
  • Responsible governance of tenure and societal transformations.
  • Tenure security and public health relations in human settlements.
  • Cases of land and health situations in the Global North and South.
  • Impact of pandemics on people’s land rights with a focus on progress so far.
  • Behavioral and social changes needed for the promotion of tenure security and healthy environmental situations; and
  • Emerging approaches to land administration challenges going forward.


  • COVID-19 and land
  • health
  • land administration
  • land/water/forest governance
  • land management
  • land policy
  • land tenure
  • land tools
  • natural resources
  • people
  • planning
  • property
  • space
  • wellbeing
  • women’s land rights
  • youth

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