Sunday, June 21, 2015

CfPs Special Issue on Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement in India, Journal of Land and Rural Studies (January 2016)

Call for Papers - Special Issue on Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement in India (January 2016)
Journal of Land and Rural Studies
Published in Association with Centre for Rural Studies, LBSNAA

Land acquisition in India is contested from different standpoints: legal and policy formulation, economic, political, socio-cultural and spatial, and environmental. Consequent displacement and negative impacts on large section of the displaced population has stressed for fair compensation and rehabilitation and resettlement (R&R). Also, learning from past experiences of R&R and packages offered by public/private enterprises have raised issues of transparency, accountability of the enterprises as well as ensuring better quality of life or according status of shareholders to the displaced persons. The legal actions and collective/social actions have indicated a need for 'tackling federal issues', that is the Centre and State dynamics at play with regard to land acquisition and R&R measures; democracy-related issues—democratic norms and processes to protect citizen's rights versus fiscal gains and growth; judicial and executive issues including vision and principles and institutional mechanism for compensation as well as R&R measures; and to understand the nexus between the State and the market for enhancing economic growth. The Journal invites special articles (maximum 8,000 words), articles (maximum 5,000 words), working papers/from grass roots (maximum 3,000 words), policy briefs (maximum 2,000 words) and book reviews (maximum 1,200 words) on the following themes:
1. Land acquisition related—process of legislation, existing laws, legal procedures, legal action, and legal judgements 
2. R&R related—principles, vision, structure/mechanism, grievance redressal, packages, good practices
3. Compensation related—principles, vision, guidelines/rules under existing laws, structure/mechanism for implementation, grievance redressal, good/exemplary models
4. Displacement related—loss of livelihood, impact on environment, irreversible land use
5. Economics and politics of land acquisition and R&R

Managing Editor: Professor Varsha Ganguly, Centre for Rural Studies, Lal Bahadur Shashtri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, India
Deadline to submit abstract (maximum 200 words) with 5-7 key words: 30 June 2015
Deadline to submit papers: 15 August 2015
Email for submission of papers: and

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