Recent research has highlighted the conflict potential of both land deals and climate change mitigation projects, but generally the two phenomena are studied separately and the focus is limited to discrete cases of displacement or contested claims. We argue that research with a broader “landscape” perspective is needed to better understand the complex social, ecological and institutional interactions taking place in sites of land-based climate change projects (such as biofuel production or forest conservation) and large-scale investments (plantations or mines). Research that co-produces knowledge and capacity with local actors, and informs advocacy at multiple policy scales, will contribute better to preventing, resolving or transforming conflicts.

This work is part of the research programme “MOSAIC – Climate change mitigation policies, land grabbing and conflict in fragile states: understanding intersections, exploring transformations in Myanmar and Cambodia”, grant number W 07.68.416, financed by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), and by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DfID). Esteve Corbera acknowledges the support of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona-Banco de Santander Talent Retention Programme and of a Marie Curie Career Integration Grant (PCIG09-GA-2011-294234).,
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Hunsberger, C., Corbera, E., Borras, S., jr., Franco, J., Kevin Woods, Courtney Work, … Chayan Vaddhanaphuti. (2017). Climate change mitigation, land grabbing and conflict: towards a landscape-based and collaborative action research agenda. Canadian Journal of Development Studies, 38(3), 305–324. doi:10.1080/02255189.2016.1250617