Corinna Land

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Research Interests

  • Land conflicts and rural development
  • Transnational Migration
  • Resistance, protest, and social movements
  • Regional focus: Latin America

PhD Project

Displacement and Reactions from below: Migration, Resistance and Adaption

In the last decade, the conjunction of multiple crises provoked an escalating global rush for land in the global south and fueled the expansion of industrialized agriculture at the expense of smallholders. Due to the far-reaching transformation of local economies and social structures, a large part of the rural population is compelled to seek alternative modes of survival – either staying in place and trying to adapt or resist or striving for a better future elsewhere. The PhD project develops an innovative analytical approach to scrutinize how peasants react to the loss of land and livelihoods by integrating the study of migration and apparently immobile strategies. A multi sited field research will (1) analyze the social transformations at the place of origin and the coping strategies of people who remain in place and (2) explore the migration trajectories of displaced people and their translocal lifeworlds that stretch out between places of origin, transit and destination. Tracing the flows of money, ideas, and practices will reveal how alternative coping strategies intersect, restrict and enable each other.

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Eva Gerharz (RUB) & Prof. Dr. Heike Greschke (TU Dresden)


Since 09/2017   PhD student at the Faculty of Social Science, Ruhr-University Bochum
11/2016 ‑ 08/2017   Research associate, "Sociology/Organization, Migration, Participation", Faculty of Social Science, Ruhr University Bochum
03/2013 ‑ 09/2016   Graduate research assistant, Junior Professorship for "Sociology of Internationalization and Development", Faculty of Social Science, Ruhr University Bochum
10/2013 ‑ 10/2016   M.A. in Social Sciences, Ruhr-University Bochum. Study Program: Globalization, Transnationalization and Governance
05/2013 ‑ 07/2013   Research internship at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Institute of Latin American Studies; Project "Land Matrix"
10/2009 ‑ 04/2013   B.A. in Social Sciences, Ruhr-University Bochum


  • (2017): "Uprooted Belonging: The Formation of a 'Jumma Diaspora' in New York City", with Eva Gerharz. In: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2017.1373594.
  • (2015): "Akteurskonstellationen in Ressourcenkonflikten", with Nina-Kathrin Wienkoop. Conference Report in: Wissenschaft und Frieden 2015 (4): 49-50.


  • "Dealing with Displacement: Mobile Livelihoods at Contested Agrarian Frontiers", poster presentation, 7th PhD Conference on International Development, Ruhr University Bochum, 8-9 November 2018
  • "Belonging Uprooted: The Formation of a 'Jumma Diaspora' in New York City", paper presentation (with Prof. Eva Gerharz), 24th European Conference on South Asian Studies, University of Warsaw, 29 July 2016


Since 11/2019   Associate PhD Student at the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Since 09/2017   Fellow of the Sylff Mikrokolleg "Forced Migration"
Since 01/2015   Member of the working group "Nature, Resources and Conflicts"

Awards and Grants

01/2019 ‑ 04/2019   Sylff Research Abroad grant for field research in Repatriación, Paraguay, and Buenos Aires, Argentina
11/2017   RUB Student Award for the best thesis at the Faculty of Social Science in 2017
04/2011 ‑ 09/2016   Scholarship of the Rosa-Luxemburg Foundation, including grants for field research in Nicaragua (3 months) and the USA (3 months)
02/2014 ‑ 04/2014   PROMOS research grant (DAAD) for a research internship at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla in Puebla, Mexico


Summer term 2019: M.A. seminar "Introduction to Theories of Globalization and Transnationalization", Faculty of Social Science, Ruhr University Bochum

Winter term 2017/18: M.A. seminar "Migration and Development in the Americas", Faculty of Social Science, Ruhr University Bochum

Summer term 2017: M.A. seminar "Trade Unions as Organizations – Global Challenges and Strategic Change in International Comparison", Faculty of Social Science, Ruhr University Bochum

Winter term 2016/17: M.A. seminar "Civil Society and Municipalities", Faculty of Social Science, Ruhr University Bochum

Summer term 2016: B.A. seminar "Contested Spaces: Conflicts over Land, Resources and the City" (with Prof. Eva Gerharz), Faculty of Social Science, Ruhr University Bochum

Winter term 2013/14 – summer term 2014: B.A. reading courses "Introduction to classics and key concepts of sociology", Faculty of Social Science, Ruhr University Bochum

Winter term 2010 – winter term 2013: B.A. tutorial "Introduction to academic skills in social sciences", Faculty of Social Science, Ruhr University Bochum