Passionate about ethnography, storytelling, research and research ethics, Rosine Tchatchoua-Djomo is completing her doctoral degree as an external PhD candidate at Wageningen University (NL) as an affiliate to the African Studies Centre Leiden at Leiden University, the Netherlands. Her research project articulates within the research programme ‘Grounding Land Governance (GLG) – Land Conflicts, Local Governance and Decentralization in Post-Conflict Uganda, Burundi and South Sudan’. The GLG programme investigates how land governance evolves in post-conflict situations as an outcome of interactions between multiple stakeholders including governments, customary authorities, (inter)national NGOs and local people. It specifically looks at the interconnectedness between decentralization, relations of governance, authority, legitimacy, property rights, land conflict resolution and politics.
Rosine’s research examines how (post-) conflict land tenure reform, decentralized land governance and land dispute resolution policies in Burundi are framed and implemented in a setting significantly affected by intractable ethno-political contention and legal pluralism. It analyses the Burundian land reform processes and government’s efforts to establish effective decentralized land administration, land dispute resolution mechanisms, and to enhance the security of land rights of various social groups (returnees, internally displaced, women, others). This is achieved by scrutinizing the interplay between international donors, government officials, (inter)national NGOs, customary authorities, former refugees, IDPs and local people, using ethnographic methodology.
Rosine has a background in international development, development sociology and agricultural economics. She holds a joint Master of Science degree from a consortium of prestigious European universities among whose are University of Ghent, Humboldt University of Berlin, Wageningen University, Slovak University of Agriculture and other institutes (Erasmus Mundus International Master in Rural Development, 2011); and an Engineering degree in agricultural economics and rural sociology from the University of Dschang (Cameroon, 2007).
Before joining the African Studies Centre Leiden, she worked as a lecturer at the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology (Faculty of Agronomy and Agricultural Sciences) of the University of Dschang, and as a research assistant within the research programme “Renforcement des Partenariats dans la Recherche Agronomique au Cameroun – REPARAC” (Partnership building in agronomy research in Cameroon).