FIG Peer Review Journal


Rethinking the Role of Land Administration in Housing Production: a Contemporary Perspective (7977)

Muyiwa Agunbiade (Australia) and Abiodun Kolawole (Nigeria)
Dr Muyiwa Agunbiade
University of Lagos
Akoka Lagos
Corresponding author Dr Muyiwa Agunbiade (email: magunbiade[at], tel.: +234 807313133)

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Published on the web 2016-03-01
Received 2015-11-10 / Accepted 2016-02-01
This paper is one of selection of papers published for the FIG Working Week 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand and has undergone the FIG Peer Review Process.

FIG Working Week 2016
ISBN 978-87-92853-52-3 ISSN 2307-4086


Land is a major input in housing production. Its sound administration is argued as imperative to improved housing outputs. From a conventional perspective it is argued land administration supports housing primarily through the provision of tenure security. This paper advances a new argument: for land administration to assist in providing adequate housing it must not only support tenure security, it must also provide an integrated set of land administration processes. In other words, even if tenure appears to be adequately secured in legal, social, and economic terms, it is actually the establishment of linked land administration processes that enable production of adequate housing. From this argument, a new conceptual model is developed to explain this broader relationship between land administration and housing. A research synthesis of past studies and specific case studies of Victoria in Australia and Lagos in Nigeria inform the arguments.
Keywords: Land management; Security of tenure; Access to land; Spatial planning; Real estate development; Affordable housing; Housing production; land administration; land management; production; process; integration