Every year millions of people are displaced from their homes, livelihoods and communities due to land-based development projects. There is no limit to what can be called a ‘development project’. They can range from small-scale infrastructure or mining projects to mega hydropower plants; can be public or private, well-planned or rushed into. Knowledge of development-induced displacement and resettlement (DIDR) remains limited even after decades of experience and research. Many questions are yet unanswered: What is "success" in resettlement? Is development without displacement possible or can resettlement be developmental? Is there a global safeguard policy or do we need an international right ‘not to be displaced’?

This book revisits what we think we know about DIDR. Starting with case studies that challenge some of the most widespread preconceptions, it goes on to discuss the ethical aspects of DIDR. The book assesses the current laws, policies and rights governing the sector, and provides a glimpse of how the displaced people defend themselves in the absence of effective governance and safeguard mechanisms.

This book is a valuable resource for students and researchers in development studies, population and development, and migration and development.

chapter |16 pages

Editors’ introduction

Reflections on development-induced displacement and resettlement research and practice for renewed engagement

part 1|65 pages

Challenges to the assumptions of development-induced displacement and resettlement

chapter 1|22 pages

Looking for a ‘successful’ resettlement

Is Tahtali Dam the right address?

chapter 3|13 pages

Risk information sharing

An empirical study on risk perception and depressive symptoms among those displaced by the Three Gorges Project

chapter 4|14 pages

‘They are not family, they just live with us!’

Exploring the practical, social and ethical implications of defining the household

part 2|41 pages

Ethics of development-induced displacement and resettlement

part 3|58 pages

International and national policies

chapter 10|11 pages

Destroying a way of life

The Forest Rights Act of India and land dispossession of indigenous peoples

chapter 11|14 pages

Patterns in arbitrariness

Resettlement experiences of the unrecognized urban poor in Chennai

part 4|46 pages

Voice and power of people

chapter 12|12 pages

Forging new avenues for rights-claiming

Community responses to development-induced displacement and resettlement in rural Myanmar

chapter 13|13 pages

Speaking through the silence

The role of literature in development-induced displacement and resettlement activism

chapter |5 pages


A step forward in theory, methodology and practice in development-induced displacement and resettlement