Remittance Dynamics and Land Change

Goals and Objectives

The primary goal of this Working Group is to gather together a critical mass of interested  land system scientists to examine the multiple facets of remittance dynamics and change in land  systems throughout the world. There is a knowledge gap that needs to be addressed and the time  is now ripe to attempt a synthesis. A key output of this goal is the production of a high-profile journal article describing a theoretical framework for the study of remittances in land systems,  illustrating processes and patterns from case studies across the world, and articulating remaining  challenges and ways forward. This output will serve as the catalyst for outreach and engagement  with the broader policy community engaged in questions of both land and migration.


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The organizers and several participants of a recent Working Group Meet & Greet put together this blog post summarizing the discussions held during the event. Although it will take time to make sense of the myriad changes the COVID-19 pandemic has brought and continues to bring into their lives as scientists, and into the socio-ecological land systems that they study, they identified several likely patterns of long-term change.   Read full post

Related Information


April 20, 2023

A new paper in World Development by members of the GLP Working Group on Remittance Dynamics and Land Change seeks to understand the specific roles remittances play in land system changes to help clarify the multiple processes associated with migration and their independent and interactive effects.

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March 2, 2023

A new paper in Landscape Ecology examined how studying the Covid-19 pandemic's severe impacts on land users and landscapes around the world allow a better understanding of how global shocks, cascading disruptions, and reconnections influence contemporary land systems. The paper grew out of a collaboration between multiple GLP Working Groups.

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January 25, 2022

A new paper in Environmental Research Letters investigate the linkages between the inflow of both international and internal remittances and rural households' land use in forested landscapes in the Philippines.

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