Prof Ruth Hall

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Biography

Associate Professor Ruth Hall joined the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies in 2002. She holds a DPhil in Politics from the University of Oxford, where she previously obtained an MPhil in Development Studies. Her doctoral work focused on the interests, actors and discourses that influenced the development of South African land reform policy. Her work has strongly emphasised the role of rights-based policy approaches to tenure for farm workers and other poor landholders.

In recent years, however, her focus has extended beyond South African land and agrarian policy to incorporate a more international perspective. Her main research now is on land rights and the future of food and farming in sub-Saharan Africa. She is the author of Land, Memory, Reconstruction, and Justice: Perspectives on Land Claims in South Africa, and Another Countryside: Policy Options for Land and Agrarian Reform in South Africa.

Abstract for Plenary Paper

Who, what, where, how, why? Mapping the many disagreements about land and agrarian reform

The paper will briefly review the 'usual suspects' of land reform (30% target, willing buyer, willing seller) and then draw attention to the 'unmentionables' (class, gender, subdivision, and corporate agribusiness expansion), mapping out the core choices about the shape of land and agrarian reform.

 

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