Jaap Zevenbergen is a full professor of land administration and management at the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. He has extensive experience with the design and evaluation of recording or registration of land tenure rights, legal restrictions, and other land information in the Netherlands, Eastern Europe, and numerous developing countries. Currently, his main focus is on innovative land tools, especially to expand tenure security to the legitimate, previously unrecorded rights of the poor and underprivileged. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) and LANDac, the Dutch Academy for Land Governance. Walter de Vries is an associate professor and chair of land management at the Technical University Munich in Germany. With an M.Sc in geodesy and a Ph.D in public administration, Dr. de Vries conducts research dealing with the implementation and effects of land information infrastructures and capacity development for cadastres and land administration organizations. In addition, he is currently senior editor of the Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries (EJISDC). He manages a variety of courses in land administration and geo-information management, and has more than 25 years of experience in development assistance projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Rohan Bennett is an assistant professor at the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. He has experience in land administration design and assessment in African and Asian countries. His research focuses on better aligning the societal demands of tenure security, food security, and climate change with the technological opportunities presented by low-cost global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and cloud-/crowd-based geo-services. He holds degrees in geomatic engineering and information systems from the University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia, and earned a Ph.D from the same institution in 2008. He is also a reviewer for numerous international journals and conference series.
... In the emerging era of new land administration, new inspiration and innovative approaches are critically important to move forward... in this respect, the book will have tremendous importance and impact. -Dr. Zerfu Hailu, Deputy Team Leader for the Responsible and Innovative Land Administration (REILA) Project, Ministry of Agriculture, Ethiopia ... I strongly commend Advances in Responsible Land Administration to anyone who is passionate about good land governance, access to land for the poor and disadvantaged, poverty reduction and gender equity, especially in Africa, a continent that presents both challenges and opportunities for innovation. -Ian P. Williamson, Emeritus Professor, Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration, The University of Melbourne, Australia ... timely and very valuable in unfolding the new and innovative approaches to designing land administration systems in less developed countries. By introducing the concept of 'Responsible Land Administration' the authors add a new notion to conventional approaches by aligning the administration with the ever-changing dynamics of societal demands. ... also a significant attempt to develop a coherent theoretical foundation for further research in this area. This book is needed. -Stig Enemark, FIG Honorary President, Professor of Land Management, Aalborg University, Denmark ... challenges conventional thinking about land administration and outlines key aspects of what fit for purpose land administration looks like. ... It reminds us that land administration is not just about security of tenure and the creation of spatial digital data. Instead it shows how land administration in the technological world of today can, and must, contribute to addressing some of the big global challenges. -Dr. Clarissa Augustinus, Land and Global Land Tool Network,UN-Habitat This book is a timely addition to the land administration literature. ... It covers emerging ideas in land administration that can be tested and built upon in future work and it includes descriptions of recent land administration projects and the lessons learned from them. There are also chapters on the different areas of land administration that require special attention, such as climate change and post-conflict societies. The publication should serve as a reference for anyone involved in administering land. -Dr Michael Barry, Professor, Land Tenure and Cadastral Systems, University of Calgary, Canada; Director FIG Foundation