Land and property. Alexander Dobeson and Lise Cornilleau

The seminar “Economic expertise and environmental actions” welcomes

Alexander Dobeson and Lise Cornilleau

Land and property

This session will explore dynamics of land appropriation, valuation and capitalization.

Alexander Dobeson

Reimagining the Green and Pleasant Land: From Conservation to Capitalisation in Rural England

This talk outlines the metamorphosis of land from being considered a special good shielded from unfettered markets and speculation to its recent rediscovery as an asset class. Against the backdrop of austerity, agricultural restructuring, and the concentration of land ownership in rural England, it demonstrates how this discursive shift has reconfigured the moral imaginary of ‘The green and pleasant land’ (William Blake) by creating an unlikely alliance between landowners, resource economists, property managers, and conservationists. This alliance values land and nature itself in terms of future cash flows.

Lise Cornilleau

The ‘boundary work’ of financialization in the case of farmland: data, metrics, regulation

Alexander Dobeson is Assistant professor at Copenhagen Business School’s Department of Management, Society and Communication.

Lise Cornilleau is a lecturer and researcher at the Laboratoire Printemps – Professions, Institutions, Temporalités [Professions, Institutions, Temporalities], UFR of social sciences, University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines-CNRS.

Information and registration

Date: Friday, December 1st, 2023, from 11am to 1pm

Venue: Mines Paris-PSL, 60 boulevard Saint Michel, 75006 Paris. Room L111

The session will also be streamed by videoconference. The link will be sent upon registration just before the seminar.

The seminar is open to all. Please register here to participate in this session.

Contact: Béatrice Cointe, Kewan Mertens or Alexandre Violle

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Photo source: Daniel Jolivet, “Montgenost (Marne)“, 2018 (CC B 2.0 Deed).