TrustLand PhD defense

Trustland PhD researcher Mette Lind Kusk successfully defended her PhD thesis “On uncertain Ground: Intimate Wrangles over Land and Belonging in Northern Uganda” on May 7, 2018 at Moesgård, Department of Anthropology, Aarhus University.

Assessment committee: 
Sverker Finnström, Associate Professor, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Uppsala University
Parker Shipton, Professor of Anthropology and Research Fellow in African Studies, Boston University
Maria Louw, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology,
School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University (Chair)

Lotte Meinert, Professor with Special Responsibilities, School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University

Jane Guyer, Professor Emerita, Department of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

Mette Lind Kusk forsvarsdagsfoto


TrustLand Policy Briefs

Please find the 6 TrustLand Policy briefs prepared by TrustLand members and presented at a dissemination workshop in Gulu in December 2017 via the links below.

Policy brief 1POLICY BRIEF1: Legal Pluralism in Land Dispute Management by Irene Anying and Ben Otto Adol.
Policy brief 2POLICY BRIEF2: Women and Land in Acholi Sub-region: Safeguarding Rights, Promoting Access by Julaina Obika
Policy Brief 3POLICY BRIEF3: Youth, Livelihoods and Access to Land by Esther Acio and Susan Reynolds Whyte
Policy Brief 4Policy Brief 4: Institutional Land Conflicts by Susan Reynolds Whyte and Catrine Shroff
Policy Brief 5Policy Brief 5: Conflict over Protected Areas for Wildlife Conservation in Northern Uganda by Lioba Lenhart
Policy Brief 6POLICY BRIEF6: Land and Trust issues in Ik County by Lotte Meinert


Contested Property Claims will set focus on the ideas, practices, and institutions of property that contribute to shaping human relationships in societies around the world. Behind all property regimes lie histories of appropriation and expropriation, and from within they are constantly challenged by those who point to the social injustices that they can produce. We can call these attempts to interrupt the dominant system of contracts and exchanges ‘contested property claims’. They are points of friction where economic, political, and ethical issues around property are brought to light, and they illustrate how disagreements over property force social actors to reason about the institution of property as such.

We invite scholars from all fields to submit paper proposals on the ways property is performed and contested.

Read more on the conference website.

To propose a paper please send an abstract of (max.) 300 words to Please use this address for any inquiries about the conference. The closing date for receiving abstracts is 15 September 2015.

Dates: 10th-11th of December 2015
Venue: Aarhus University

For more information, please contact Maja Hojer Bruun (

TrustLand workshop 2015

The Trustland project convened a four day workshop focusing on LAND issues from January 27- 30. During the first two days researchers presented findings from their extended case studies of various kinds of land conflicts and issues across Northern Uganda. On the third day practioners working with land issues presented their projects, programs and perspectives and researchers and practioners met in groups to discuss how research might be useful for policy and practice. On the last day of the workshop Professor Sara Berry from John Hopkins University and Professor Morris. Ogenga-Latigo gave public lectures in  Gulu University Main Hall.