Kenneth Olwig is a landscape geographer and emeritus professor of landscape planning at the Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Alnarp, Sweden. He has conducted some of the most far-reaching work on the origins and meaning of landscape, drawing on historical sources and etymological texts. His seminal paper, ‘Recovering the Substantive Nature of Landscape’ (Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 86:4, 1996) propounds a ‘substantive’ rather than scenic understanding of landscape, one that is “more concerned with social law and justice than with natural law or aesthetics.” Olwig’s work has emphasised the elements of community justice, body politic and custom as inherently embedded in early notions of landscape. Some of his best-known writings include Nature's Ideological Landscape (1984), Landscape, Nature and the Body Politic (2002), Justice Power and the Political Landscape (2007, co-editor) and more recently, The Meanings of Landscape: Essays on Place, Space, Nature and Justice (2019), a compilation of his writings reworked for a wider readership. Olwig’s substantive understanding of landscape has been a great source of inspiration for this project, which is attempting in some way to recover the substantive understanding of landscape in law, or at least attempting to highlight those attachments between people and place that are not given adequate consideration in the law.
Ambreena Manji is Professor of Land Law and Development at Cardiff University and previously the Director of the British Academy's British Institute in Eastern Africa (2010-2014). Her research is focused on Law and Society in Africa and is strongly interdisciplinary and collaborative. Ambreena has a strong research and professional interest in land law and development, evidenced by her publications and advisory work. Her most recent book is The Struggle for Land and Justice in Kenya (James Currey/Boydell & Brewer 2020). At Cardiff, she co-founded the Law and Global Justice Centre. With funding from the British Academy, the Centre launched its Socio-Legal Journals Global South Initiative in 2018, with writing workshops for early-career legal scholars hosted by partner Law Schools in Recife, Bangalore, Accra and Nairobi attended by editors from five of the UK’s leading law journals. As a result of her strong links with the African judiciary and legal profession, Ambreena initiated the African Feminist Judgments project which seeks to bring interdisciplinary insights to bear on African jurisprudence at national and regional levels. Her roles include: President, African Studies Association UK (2018-2020); Editor, African Affairs (April 2020-); Editorial Board, Social and Legal Studies; Member, Governing Council, Arts and Humanities Council (AHRC) (March 2020-); Member, British Academy International Engagement Committee (September 2020); and Member, Area Studies sub-panel, REF 2021.