[F&ES 952]

Property Rights and Natural Resource Management

2014-2015
Credits: 3
 

 

Rights to land and property are fundamental in most societies. Often secure land tenure is essential for the sustainable management of natural resources. Yet few natural resource managers understand the complexity of property rights, particularly in the developing world where there can be overlapping and competing land tenure regimes operating on any one piece of land. Around the world, ownership of, control over, and access to natural resources have meaning far beyond the traditional thinking of economic rationality and institutions of governance. Failure to understand the complex social relations embedded in property rights is a sure path to unsustainable use of natural resources. In this seminar we consider literature on the origins of Western property law, the fluidity in native customary law, the constraints and inequalities in legal pluralism, urban growth and property, and community and collective management of shared resources management. Our discussions include explorations into varying theoretical constructs of property as well as the applied implications (socially and ecologically) of different property systems. The majority of our case studies draw from the developing world. Prerequisite: F&ES 520a, 551a, 831b, or 839a, or EVST 285b

Prerequisites for F&ES 952:
F&ES 520: Society and Environment: Introduction to Theory and Method
F&ES 535: Social Science of Development and Conservation (F&ES 839a)
F&ES 535: Social Science of Development and Conservation (F&ES 839a)
F&ES 551: Mixed-Methods for Social Research: Qualitative, Network Science, and Digital Text
F&ES 551: Mixed-Methods for Social Research: Qualitative, Network Science, and Digital Text
F&ES 831: Society and Natural Resources 
F&ES 831: Society and Natural Resources 
Also, EVST 285