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New blog from the Displacement Research & Action Network
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Source: Miloon Kothari and Balakrishnan Rajagopal

Displacement is a forum for informed discussion and lively debate about people who have lost their land and housing due to development projects and plans, as well as conflict and climate disaster. It is about how law, policy and practice as well as popular culture shape and respond to displacement.

Founded by Balakrishnan Rajagopal, a law and development professor at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, and Miloon Kothari, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing, the blog will feature authors holding a wide range of views, but share the perspective that the process of dispossession of the poor from their land and housing is indefensible, and needs to change fundamentally. They come from a variety of backgrounds including from the government, international organizations, academia, and the NGO and social movement community.

Displacement is a new form of commons for the world’s best ideas about how we should use our land and the resources it supports, as well as how we treat those who are different from and weaker than us. We encourage you to join the conversation by reading, discussing, and sharing our first post from Professor Rajagopal, "Displacement: The Dark Underbelly of Development.” You can also follow the blog and other updates from DRAN on our websiteFacebook, and twitter, and get in touch with us at displacement@mit.edu if you have suggestions for topics or would like to contribute to the blog.

• Housing and Land Rights Violations   • Housing Policies   

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