The Centre for Land Tenure Studies was opened at NMBU (earlier UMB) on the 27th of June 2011 resulting from a joint initiative by researchers at the Department of International Environment and Development (Noragric), the School of Economics and Business, and the Department of Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning. The start-up was facilitated by a grant from Centre for Property Rights and Development at the Norwegian Mapping and Cadastre Authority. In 2012 CLTS was joined by the Department of Ecology and Natural Resource Management.
The Centre for Land Tenure Studies (CLTS) at NMBU is established to further the study of land tenure. Land tenure studies define a broad and complex field of study cutting across many disciplines related to ownership and management of land resources and investments on land. For CLTS this entails, but is not limited to, the following activities:
- Provide a common arena for discussing land tenure issues, including a series of seminars directed to present new research or important theoretical perspectives. This may be designed as part of an educational program.
- Promulgate a joint series of working papers.
- Support international publication of articles and books.
- Develop and conduct joint courses at both Master and PhD level.
- Initiate and support exchange of researchers.
- Participate in research networks related to land tenure.
- Maintain a public list of collaborating institutions and researchers.
- Initiate and develop applications for research funds to support basic research on land tenure both by our own efforts and in collaboration with other research groups working on land tenure questions.
In short, we may say that the mission of the Centre for Land Tenure studies is:
- to enhance collaboration across departments at NMBU;
- to strengthen the visibility of NMBU activities within the field of land tenure;
- to strengthen NMBU’s international collaboration and networks within the field;
- to contribute to research and knowledge generation on land tenure issues;
- to help build capacity in the South and in Norway within the field;
- to disseminate policy debates, lessons, and
- to contribute to policy.
In its activities, the centre will use English as its working language as far as practically possible.
Unless otherwise stated on the individual works, the CLTS work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Centre for Land Tenure Studies (CLTS) Annual Reports provide an overview over activities that CLTS had throughout the year.
Approved by the CLTS Board 2nd November 2011, amended 13 February 2012, 3 June 2014, and 17 March 2017.
- The Centre for Land Tenure Studies (CLTS) shall contribute to research, teaching, innovations and dissemination on land tenure studies.
- The board consists of three representatives appointed by the deans of the three faculties, one board member from each of the School of Economics and Business, the Faculty of Landscape and Society, and the Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management.
- The board meets at least once a year to decide the annual plan with budget, the annual report with accounts, and the dues to be paid by each Faculty
- Funding of CLTS depends on external sources.
- The board adapts the accounting system to encourage joint activities and sustain the activities of the Centre, and decides who has authority to allocate the income of the centre.
- A working group consisting of one person from each relevant research group in the participating Faculties leads the Centre activities.
- Dissolving the centre requires a unanimous decision by the board.
- Publications from the researchers in CLTS must list the respective Faculties as their institutional affiliation.
Dean of Faculty of Landscape and Society
Dean of NMBU School of Economics and Business
Dean of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
- Erling Berge
- Nikolai K. Winge
- Katrine Broch Hauge
- Sosina Bezu, 2011-2015
- Mesfin Tilahun, post doc: 2014-
- Sarah Tione, post doc: 2021 -
- Samson Katengezam post doc: 2021 -
- Sosina Bezu, PhD 2010
- Hosaena Ghebru, PhD 2010
- Jeetendra Aryal PhD 2010
- Million Tadesse PhD 2010
- Alex Tatwangire PhD 2011
- John Herbert Ainembabazi PhD 2012
- Bethelhem Legesse PhD 2014
- Therese Dokken PhD 2014
- Sofie Waage Skeflo PhD 2015
- Nina Bruvik Westberg PhD 2016
- Hambulo Ngoma PhD 2016
- Øyvind Handberg PhD 2017
- Hadsh Tesfa Gebreab 2012
- Samson Katengeza 2014
- Desta Brhanu 2015 -
- Sarah Tione 2016
- Selam Afework 2016 -