Development and Land Policy in Developing Societies of Asia

May 2 9:00am–5:00pm
Common Room, 2 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, MA

A workshop sponsored by the Harvard-Yenching Institute, organized by Prof. Huang Yinghong (HYI Visiting Scholar 2017-18; Associate Professor, School of International Relations, Sun Yat-sen University)

9:10-9:15 Welcoming Remarks

9:15-11:00 Panel 1 The Urban and Rural Entanglement in India

Moderator: Yu-Hung Hong
Walter Fernandes (North Eastern Social Research Centre, Guwahati, India): Land Laws, Displacement and Land Alienation
Sai Balakrishnan(Harvard): Agrarian Elites in Urban Real Estate: Land Commodification in Liberalizing India
Sanjoy Chakravorty (Temple University): Reframing the Land Debate in India: Beyond Agriculture and Acquisition into Metropolises and Markets

11:10-12:20 Panel 2 Land Use and Development in China

Moderator: Sanjoy Chakravorty
Hui Wang (ZheJiang University), Distributive Politics in China: Regional Favoritism and Expansion of Construction Land
Lynette Ong: “Thugs-for-Hire”: Subcontracting of State Coercion and State Capacity in China

13:30-14:40 Panel 3 Land Policy and Development in Southeast Asia

Moderator: Lynette Ong
Malcolm McPherson (Harvard University): Land Allocation and Recovery in Vietnam: Challenges and Opportunities
Yu-Hung Hong (MIT): Land Value Sharing for Public Infrastructure Investment in Indonesia: Possibilities and Limitations

14:40-15:50 Panel 4 Land Acquisition Under Comparative Perspectives

Moderator: Walter Fernandes
Xuefei Ren (Michigan State University): Land Acquisition, Rural Protests, and the Local State in China and India
Yinghong Huang (Harvard-Yenching Institute): Reinforced Compulsory Development: An Aspect of Land Acquisition in India and China

16:05-17:10 Roundtable and Reflections
Chaired by Malcolm McPherson