Line Algoed

PhD Researcher and Teaching Assistant

Junior researchers Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research Housing Planning & Development
  • Current position PhD Researcher and Teaching Assistant
  • Contact Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Department of Geography
    Faculty of Sciences
    Building F – Room 4.69
    Pleinlaan 2
    BE-1050 Brussels
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Line Algoed is an urban anthropologist with 15 years of work and research experience in urban planning, housing, community work and international development. 

Her PhD research explores how communal land ownership in the Caribbean creates an alternative development model that allows communities to control land use, protect the environment and counter displacements, while strengthening themselves to face climate change and having greater control over their recovery from climate change-induced disasters. She focuses on communal land tenure systems in Barbuda and the Caño Martín Peña Community Land Trust in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Both areas have been severely affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017 and are going through radical neoliberal reforms imposed by their governments. 

Her research also looks at regularisation of informal settlements through collective land titling in informal settlements in Latin America and the Caribbean. She studies processes of gentrification in informal settlements and how Community Land Trusts can help tackle displacements through local economic development and community participation in neighbourhood improvement. She is the Lead Researcher in a collaborative research project funded by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy to advance new forms of community-owned land and explore the feasibility of new CLT instruments developed by the Caño Martín Peña communities in favelas in Rio de Janeiro Latin America. 

In her work with the Caño Martín Peña international observatory, she promotes peer-to-peer exchanges between community leaders and the South-South transfer of instruments developed through grassroots organisations. She works with the Center for CLT Innovation bringing together current research on Community Land Trusts in a forthcoming collection of essays on new forms of CLTs with a focus on the Global South.

Current teaching

Seminar Geographies of a Globalising Europe

Seminar Social Geography


Algoed, Line, María E. Hernández Torrales and Lyvia N. Rodríguez Del Valle. 2018. “El Fideicomiso de la Tierra del Caño Martín Peña: Instrumento Notable de Regularización de Suelo en Asentamientos Informales.” Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Working Paper. Accessible on:

Algoed, Line. 2017. "Mi Tierra no se Vende." Folios (32): 42-53. Accessible on:

Educational background

2011 - 2012 MSc Culture and Society, London School of Economics

2001 - 2006 MA Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University

Previous positions/employment

2016 - 2017 Independent Researcher, Fideicomiso de la Tierra del Caño Martín Peña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2015 - 2016 Project Manager, Building and Social Housing Foundation (now World Habitat), Leicestershire, UK

2013 - 2015 Project Director, Cospa Social Innovation Agency, London, UK

2012 - 2013 Project Officer, Self-Help Housing HACT Housing Associations Charity Trust, London, UK

2006 - 2011 Director of Development, INTA International Urban Development Association, The Hague, The Netherlands

2004 - 2005 Researcher, Asociación Grupo de Trabajo Redes, Lima, Peru