FIG Peer Review Journal


Contemporary Land Administration: The Importance of Being Infrastructure (5477)

Rohan Bennett (Netherlands), Nilofer Tambuwala, Abbas Rajabifard, Ian Williamson and Jude Wallace (Australia)
Dr. Rohan Bennett
Assistant Professor
UNU School of Land Administration Studies
ITC Faculty
The University of Twente
UNU School of Land Administration Studies
ITC, The University of Twente
7500 AE
Corresponding author Dr. Rohan Bennett (email: bennett[at], tel.: +31 (0)53 4874 339)

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Published on the web 2012-03-08
Received 2011-11-01 / Accepted 2012-02-02
This paper is one of selection of papers published for the FIG Working Week 2012 in Rome, Italy and has undergone the FIG Peer Review Process.

FIG Working Week 2012
ISBN 97887-90907-98-3 ISSN 2307-4086


Failure to recognize land administration systems as infrastructure potentially creates funding and maintenance problems. Wider economic, social, and environmental benefits of effective land administration are put at risk. Land administration must be recognized as critical, public good infrastructure. Arguments for land administration as infrastructure reside within the land administration discipline: mainstream views regularly fail to recognize the argument. An evaluation approach for testing land administration as an infrastructure is developed and applied. The method utilizes tools for defining and classifying infrastructure, public goods, and critical infrastructures. The analysis supports the position of land administration as a critical, public good infrastructure. As a consequence, infrastructure funding and maintenance regimes need to be depoliticized; land administrators must continue to promote land administration outwardly; and the evaluation approach must be extended and enhanced for use in other land administration projects and studies. This paper summarizes a more extended work currently under review with the Journal of Land Use Policy.
Keywords: Cadastre; land administration; infrastructure; public good; spatial data infrastructure; SDI; critical infrastructure