Postdoctoral research fellow "Land Acquisitions and rising land inequality in East Africa"


Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute


Sunday, January 14, 2024

Start Date

Friday, March 1, 2024

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The Thünen Institute of Rural Economics, established in December 2021, conducts research on economic and labour conditions in rural areas and provides policy recommendations aimed at policy makers. The advertised position within the research project "Land acquisitions and rising land inequality in rural East Africa" delves into the impact of wealth concentration resulting from land acquisitions by both international and domestic investors in Kenya and Uganda, specifically focusing on how it affects land inequality. The project team will collaborate closely with project partners at Makere University in Kampala, Uganda and Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya. The project is dedicated to producing new research findings and policy recommendations to address inequalities arising from land acquisition, ownership, control, and use. These outcomes will be based on inter- and transdisciplinary approaches, directly addresssing policy makers at both the regional and international level.

Job description:

  • Conduct systematic research, evaluation and synthesis of international and national research literature on land governance systems and land inequality in Kenya and Uganda. Place a particular emphasis on regional variations and assess women's access to land.
  • Utilize household data to develop indicators that reflect land inequality. This analysis should encompass the landless, women and very large farms, which have often been overlooked in previous research.
  • Prepare and analyze data using statistical methods
  • Document and present of results in a format suitable for the intended audience