Institutions and Governance Lab: UGA Anthropology


Peer Reviewed

In Review

German, L., E. King and R. Unks (in review) This Side of Subdivision: Individualization and Collectivization Dynamics in a Maasai Group Ranch Held under Collective Title. Journal of Arid Environments.

Goetz, A., L. German and J. Weigelt (in review) Sustainable Bioenergy? It's Role and Reality in Sustainability Governance. Energy Policy. Jensen-Ryan, D. and L. German (in review) Environmental Science and Policy: A Meta-synthesis of Case Studies on Boundary Organizations and Boundary Spanning Processes. Science and Public Policy.

Hunsberger, C., L. German and A. Goetz (in review) Unbundling the Biofuel Promise: Querying the ability of biofuels to deliver on expectations beyond climate change mitigation. Energy Policy.


German, L. (2016) Private investment as an engine of rural development: A confrontation of theory and practice for the case of Mozambique. Land Use Policy 51(2016): 1-14.

German, L., A. Goetz, T. Searchinger, J. Tomei, G. de Oliveira and C. Hunsberger (2016) Sine Qua Nons of Sustainable Bioenergy: Distilling Implications of Under-Performance for National Biofuel Programmes. IASS Working Paper. Potsdam, Germany: Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies. DOI:

German, L., R. Unks and L. King (2016) Green appropriations through shifting contours of authority and property on a pastoralist commons. Journal of Peasant Studies. doi 10.1080/03066150.2016.1176562


German, L. (2015) The global land rush: Implications for agricultural communities. CAB Reviews 10(33): 1-19.

Mandondo, A. and L. German (2015) Customary rights and societal stakes of large-scale tobacco cultivation in Malawi. Agriculture and Human Values 32(1): 31-46. doi:10.1007/s10460-014-9514-6


German, L. (2014) Multi-sited governance of large-scale land acquisitions: Mapping the terrain. Review of Policy Research 31(3): 218-252.

German, L. with A. Mandondo, F. Paumgarten and J. Mwitwa (2014) Shifting rights, property & authority in the forest frontier: 'Stakes' for local land users and citizens. Journal of Peasant Studies 41(1): 51-78.

Jensen-Ryan, D. (2014) New Technologies. Old Stories: The Forgotten Voices of Uranium Mining in Rural Wyoming. The Extractive Industries and Society 1(2):321-328.

Mandondo, A., L. German, H. Utila and U.M. Nthenda (2014) Assessing societal benefits and trade-offs of tobacco in the Miombo woodlands. Human Ecology 42(2014): 1-19.

Schoneveld, G.C. and L. German (2014) Translating legal rights into tenure security: Lessons from the new commercial pressures on land in Ghana. Journal of Development Studies 50(2): 187-203.

Schoneveld, G., L. German and D. Gumbo (2014) The developmental implications of Sino-African economic and political relations: A preliminary assessment for the case of Zambia. CIFOR Working Paper 133.


German, L. and D. Gumbo with G. Schoneveld (2013) Large-scale land acquisitions: Exploring the marginal lands narrative in the Chitemene system of Zambia. QA—Rivista dell'Associazione Rossi-Doria 2(2013): 109-135.

German, L., G. Schoneveld and E. Mwangi (2013) Contemporary processes of large-scale land acquisition in sub-Saharan Africa: Legal deficiency or elite capture of the rule of law? World Development 48(2013): 1-18.

Rantala, S. and L.A. German (2013) Exploring village governance processes behind Community-Based Forest Management: legitimacy and coercion in the Usambara Mountains of Tanzania. International Forestry Review 15(3): 355-367.


German, L., J. Mowo, T. Amede and K. Masuki (2012) Integrated Natural Resource Management in the Highlands of Eastern Africa: From Concept to Practice. London: Earthscan.

German, L. and G. Schoneveld (2012) A review of social sustainability considerations among EU-approved voluntary schemes for biofuels, with implications for rural livelihoods. Energy Policy 51(2012): 765-778.

German, L. and G. Schoneveld (2012) Review of the early legal and institutional framework for biofuel investments in Zambia. Review of Policy Research 29(4): 467-491.

German, L.A. and S. Wertz-Kanounnikoff (2012) Sino-Mozambican relations and their implications for forests: A preliminary assessment for the case of Mozambique. CIFOR Working Paper 93.

Mwitwa, J., L. German, M. Ambayeba Kankolongo and A. Puntodewo (2012) Governance and sustainability challenges in landscapes shaped by mining: Mining-forestry linkages and impacts in the Copper Belt of Zambia and the DR Congo. Forest Policy and Economics 25(2012): 19-30.

van Gelder, J.W., L. German and R. Bailis (2012) Biofuels investments in tropical forest-rich countries: Implications for responsible finance. Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal 3(2): 134-160.

Policy Briefs

ORAM Nampula and L. German (2014) Metodologia para o zoneamento participativo e a avaliação da compatibilidade do investimento privado com os usos actuais da terra e as aspirações locais. Land Notes 1.

Cavane, E., L. German, A. Sitoe and C. Braga (2014) Sistematização das experiências da iTC na delimitação e demarcação de terras comunitárias e parcerias: Síntese de resultados e recomendações. Land Notes 3.

Read, D., L. German, J. Weger, A. Jagadish, U. Kalita and L. van Sant (2016) A method for identifying "best bet" counties for advancing equitable access to USDA programs: The case of agricultural land easements. Land Notes 4.

German, L. and E. King (2016) Nalare: A community reflection on experiences with the conservancy movement in northern Kenya. Land Notes 5.

Contact the Lab

Institutions and Governance Lab
Dr. Laura German
Department of Anthropology
250A Baldwin Hall, Jackson St.
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602