Jon Unruh

War affected land rights regimes; The peace process and recovery from armed conflict; The intersection between land rights and environmental change

Professor in the Department of Geography

Department of Geography
McGill University
805 Sherbrooke Street West,
Montreal, QC H3A 2K6

Tel.: (514) 398-8989
Fax.: (514) 398-7437

jon.unruh [at] (E-mail)


Academic background

PhD Geography, University of Arizona (1997)


Research interests

Research, policy and practice interests,
Jon Unruh focuses on war-affected land and property rights. He has conducted research, policy and practice work in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, Sudan, Liberia, Somalia, Mozambique, East Timor, Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Ethiopia, Uganda, Cambodia, Angola, Cameroon, Turkey, Slovenia, Jordan, Colombia, Peru, Tanzania, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, and generally with the UN, World Bank, USAID, DFID, and other bilateral donors and NGOs.

Current projects

  • War-affected land and property rights in Syria,
  • Land rights and UNCCD’s ‘land degradation neutrality’
  • DDHLP: Digitally designed housing, land, & property rights solutions for conflict-affected environments
  • DDHLP project description
  • War-affected land and property rights legal reform in Iraq,
  • Environment and History in the Indian Ocean World
  • McGill - UN Environment Partnership



Please click the link to see my CV.



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