Sustainable societal change: What has land governance got to do with it?

Karl Sam M. Maquiling, Tasneim Gaafar & Brighid Sammon

3th of July 2020

2:00 p.m. (Netherlands/CEST time)

About the webinar

There is a growing movement for societal change to transform culture, norms and institution to the benefit of all. However, sustainable societal change takes place when rights and obligations are fair and just to all actors involved. Access to essential resources such as land, water and natural resource is where rights are often unequal and unclear. As societal change gains momentum in socio-political, legal, economic and environmental spheres, the key question remains, how does land governance contribute to ensuring sustainable and inclusive societal change? How can equitable land governance ensure that no person or sector is left behind?

The webinar is structured on three sections, each showcasing the work that young IHS alumni and land governance professionals are doing on policy and implementation levels to ensure lasting societal change in Asia, Africa and Australia.

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About the speakers 

Karl Sam M. Maquiling:

Opportunities of land-based tools at a policy level.

The Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa* Program is the Philippine government’s recently institutionalized post-COVID strategy to drive inclusive and balanced urban and rural development and complement initiatives towards attaining resilient and sustainable communities. The topic will explore the dynamics of an urban decongestion strategy vis-a-vis land governance peculiarities of Mindanao, Philippines, and the opportunities of land-based tools to steer local development.

KP is a Philippine licensed environmental planner, with an MSc degree in Urban Management and Development, specializing in Urban Land Governance, from the Institute of Housing and Urban Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam. His professional background includes almost a decade of working for and with the marginalized sectors of the Philippines including farmers, fisherfolks, the urban poor, and children in conflict with the law. Currently, he works as a development management officer based in Mindanao. Focusing on policy advocacies, he regularly examines policy agenda that could potentially effect socio-economic development in Mindanao, Philippines. His field of interest include governance, resiliency, risk-sensitive planning, and social justice.

Tasneim Gaafar:

Post-conflict area development.

Tasneim will speak about how her thesis in Ecuador affected her work and she will introduce the Palu BBB project. She will go on to explain how the knowledge stemming from that project was utilized when preparing for a study for implementing livelihoods, resilience and natural resources management interventions in a post-conflict area in Sudan. 


Tasneim graduated as an architect from the University of Khartoum and held a number of  positions before undertaking her masters at IHS where she specialized in Land Governance. She undertook her thesis in Ecuador as part of the sustainable cities program of which IHS is  and looked at how the city of Latacunga and its citizens manage land in the wake of an active volcano. After graduation Tasneim expanded her career to become a consultant in urban development and currently manages her private consultancy 26c Daraja in Khartoum. She is also the executive manager of Engine engineering; a construction and real-estate company in Sudan.

Brighid Sammon:

The Economics of Managing Public Land.

Understanding the economics of land management, and lands unique qualities are vital in addressing the social and environmental challenges faced in the 21st century. This topic will discuss challenges of the continued commodification of land and analyse different Australian private and public policy tools seeking to counter it.


Brighid Sammon is a Senior Policy Advisor at the Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning (DELWP). She is an urban planner with specialist knowledge in land governance. As a 2018 Sir John Monash Scholar, Brighid completed her Masters in Urban Management at Erasmus University Rotterdam undertaking research on the financialisation of housing in East London. Prior to this study Brighid worked as an urban planner providing advice on alternative housing models and affordable housing in consulting and was awarded the 2017 Australian Young Planner of the Year for her work on housing affordability and advocacy. Alongside her work at DELWP she also continues to work at RMIT University teaching Statutory Planning, undertake housing research and advocate for Australia to transition to a sustainable housing eco-system. She is a founding member of the Australian Planners Declare network. 

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