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Personal profile

I am assistant professor in Land Policy and Land Management at the PGM Department since April 2014. I hold an MSc degree in Geo-Information Science from Wageningen University (2003); and a PhD degree in Land Administration (2011 – also from Wageningen University). My PhD research focused on the land rights of nomadic pastoralists as exercised through their seasonal migrations (thus moving land rights in time and space), in the context of formal land administration – which focuses on fixing land rights on land parcels through adjudication, surveying and rights registration. The study explored the land tenure options suitable for supporting pastoralists’ moving land rights in the formal and administration system.  During my PhD tenure I was also involved in the development and testing of the Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM) prototype – a pro poor land registration tool supported by UN-Habitat. I did work with the Dutch Kadaster (Kadaster International) 2005-2007 in Apeldoorn in the Netherlands before starting my PhD in 2007. 


Currently at ITC, my research focuses on two areas. First, in understanding the social-spatial-temporal influence first Innovative Approaches for Land Administration on tenure security.  Tenure security emanating from innovative registration approaches may influence how people view their land rights and consequently decisions they make to use the land in space and time. A social-spatial-temporal analysis quantifies the relationship between the tenure security and observable spatial changes on land. Secondly, in understanding the influence of regulatory policies on land owners and consequently their actions in response to these policies. The aim of this research is to provide a theoretical base on how land management policies influence individual choices for compliance to land policies and regulations. A social-spatial-temporal analysis support outcomes on compliance. Results have implications on tenure security and suggestions for policy inclusions.


Activities in education

I have been involved in various aspects of education – development of curricula, evaluation of curricula, course design and implementation. In 2012 I started a BSc program in Land Administration and Management INES-Ruhengeri in Rwanda.  While in Rwanda I was the Executive Secretary for the Eastern Africa Land Administration Network (EALAN), a platform where mainly academic partners share ideas, experiences and plans for improving land administration education/training and research in the Eastern Africa Region.

My teaching areas relate to:

  • Land policy
  • Land management (Expropriation and compensations; Land Reforms; Land Use Planning; Land Readjustment, Land Consolidation)
  • Participatory GIS Mapping
  • Land Administration and Land rights and tenure systems
  • Innovative Approaches for Land Administration – Land Administration Domain Model, Social Tenure Domain Model , Fit for Purpose Land Administration, Innovative Tools for Land Administration
  • Land rights of Women, Land rights of nomadic pastoralists 
  • Land rights and food security, and
  • Intercultural Competencies


Research interests

Activities in research

Mainly related to land tenure studies. Currently engaging on land tenure security, land tenure and food security, land rights for women, and on innovative approaches for land tenure recordation – under the general umbrella of Fit for Purpose land administration.

PhD supervisions (ongoing)

  1. Mr Bichaye Tesfaye Tessema: Topic "Sustainable Land Management in Ethiopia: response to rural households’ tenure insecurity, land degradation and food insecurity".
  2. Mr Werenfrid Tarimo: Topic "Developing a framework for land administration: an initiative to reduce to land conflicts in Mvomero District,Tanzania"


PhD supervisions (Completed)

  1. Dr Nesru N. Koroso: Topic "Land Institutions in sub-Saharan Africa: analyzing credibility of formal land institutions in Ethiopia".
  2. Dr Subash Ghimire: Topic "Developing Land Valuation Model For Land Acquisition In Infrastructure Development: a livelihood perspective". (Nepal)
  3. Dr Baslyd B. Nara: Topic "Towards Agrarian Tenure Security Of Subsistence Settler Farmers for Household Food Security in Northern Ghana”.
  4. Dr Gargule Andrew Achiba: Topic “Disrupting stubborn attachments: livelihoods, institutions and pastoralism discourses in Kenya’s northern rangelands”. Co-supervision with the Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern, Switzerland.


Activities in capacity development

In 2022 I led a Land-at-Scale project "A review of long-term impacts of land registration on Women’s Land Rights", funded by Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and managed by the Netherlands Enterprise and Development Agency (RVO).

I coordinated a 4 year project (Jan2016-Jan2020) project “Strengthening the Regional EALAN Network to Build Capacity in Land Administration and Land Governance in the Great Lakes Region” (SEALAN). The project was funded by the Netherlands Initiative for Capacity development in Higher Education (NICHE). This project aimed to strengthen the capacity of the Eastern Africa Land Administration Network universities in providing education, short courses and conducting research in three thematic areas i.e.: i) Land administration ii) Land governance and policies, and iii) Access to land for women and vulnerable groups, and of course to support the network to be more professional. As the lead party, ITC collaborated with the Dutch Kadaster, MDF, and a Kenya-based Land Development and Governance Institute (LDGI) to implement the project. The EALAN network currently constitute of 13 member universities across 8 countries in the Eastern Africa Region i.e.:

  1. Makerere University (Uganda),
  2. Technical University of Kenya,
  3. Ardhi University (Tanzania),
  4. Bahir Dar University (Ethiopia),
  5. University of Burundi (Burundi),
  6. Universite Evangelique du Afrique (DRC),
  7. University of Juba (South Sudan),
  8. RCMRD (Kenya),
  9. INES-Ruhengeri (Rwanda),
  10. University of Rwanda,
  11. University of Nairobi (Kenya) and
  12. Woldia University Ethiopia.

I have also contributed in a number of short courses/Tailor Made Trainings (TMT) for Land Administration professionals as follows:

  • Gurue and Maputo in Mozambique: New Approaches in Land Administration and Cadaster. NICHE sponsored TMT.
  • Nairobi, Kenya: Innovative Concepts, Tools and Practices in Land Administration. Organized by the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), GLTN (Un-Habitat), Kadaster and ITC
  • Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: Innovations in Land Registration and Titling - Towards Pro-Poor Land Administration. Organized by School of Land Administration studies (ITC/Kadaster) & Ardhi University.
  • Kathmandu, Nepal: Developing a National Strategy for Implementing a Fit-for-Purpose Land Administration
  • INES, Musanze in Rwanda. Various land tenure related trainings.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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