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IAS Fellows’ Seminar – Culture, Communities & Land Reform
February 1, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
IAS Seminar by Dr Chris Dalglish, Inherit: the Institute for Heritage & Sustainable Human Development.
In this seminar, we will talk about the case for land reform in the UK.
Much of the land is controlled by a relatively small number of private landowners. According to the Scottish Land Commission, “concentrated land ownership is an impediment to economic development and is causing significant and long-term harm to the communities affected”, and this justifies reform.
Actual land reform has progressed furthest in Scotland, where it has been linked with the fulfilment of human rights, with addressing injustices and inequalities, and with delivering tangible benefits for people and for nature. There is also concern in other parts of the UK about the inequalities of power and wealth embedded in the current pattern of ownership, and about the consequences for people’s lives and the environment.
The case for reform is, in some senses, a well-developed one (which is not to say that it is universally known or accepted). But this is a topic that needs to be addressed from many different angles. In this seminar, we will explore a less discussed issue, which is the place of culture in land reform (and particularly in relation to community empowerment in land decisions).
Do people in the UK have cultural rights to the land? What are those rights and where do they come from? Are people currently able to enjoy their cultural land rights?
Do people live and practice different ‘cultures of the land’ within the UK? In what sense, and which examples might we give? Cultural understandings, relationships and practices are always dynamic and diverse. Have we inherited any particular traditions relating to the land that are beneficial for people and for nature? How might these traditions stay vital in the future?
What can people in the UK learn from international evidence and experiences relating to culture, community land governance and human rights, justice and sustainability?
The Seminar will take place on Zoom. To register please click here.