Robin Palmer

Land Rights Adviser

Robin Palmer is a Global Land Rights Policy Specialist, with a particular focus on Southern and Eastern Africa and South-East Asia. He had 20 years’ experience with Oxfam GB in a range of advisory, management and communications posts, with a focus on land rights, gender, HIV and AIDS, livelihoods and food security, and 15 years’ experience as an academic, predominantly in Southern Africa, with a focus on agrarian history. Robin has published extensively on land rights and agrarian issues as a development worker, as an academic and as a Mokoro consultant. He has worked on governance issues, giving advice and programme and advocacy support to civil society organisations, governments, and donors on global land rights issues, including women’s land rights and legal issues, principally in Africa and South-East Asia. He managed the prestigious Land Rights in Africa website, which he set up in Oxfam space in January 2020, which moved to Mokoro space in 2012, until he stepped down in January 2022. He continues to work on the impacts of global land grabbing.

PhD (Arts), Title: The Making and Implementation of Land Policy in Rhodesia, 1890-1936, University of London (1968)
Upper 2nd BA (Honours) in History (London) (External), University College of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1964)