Kate Fairlie

Kate Fairlie

Land Administration Specialist

Specialist Area
Land Administration, Survey and Technologies, Urban Development

A land administration specialist with expertise that combines urban land issues, technology, youth and environment, Kate Fairlie brings a dynamic, interdisciplinary perspective to LEI’s projects.

Kate is the Project Director for the FCDO UKCCU Papua Spatial Planning project. She frequently provides strategic institutional and systems-level advice to governments through projects for the World Bank, UK government, UN-Habitat, FAO and national governments. Her ongoing and past work includes assisting Nauru in implementing land tenure and master planning solutions to mitigate urbanisation and climate change, developing a roadmap for national urban cadastral reform in Ethiopia, developing action plans to improve property registration and cadastre management in Indonesia and Egypt and designing low-cost methods and processes for issuing Certificates of Rights of Occupancy in Tanzania.

As an experienced researcher, writer, and facilitator, she has been instrumental to the development and promotion of a number of key land administration tools, including co-authoring the World Bank Emerging Technologies Guide on Fit-For-Purpose Land Administration, adapting the Costing and Financing of Land Administration Systems (CoFLAS) tool for implementation, supporting LEI’s Land Administration PPP work and most recently co-authoring a State of Practice White Paper on Land Information and Transaction Systems and decision-tool for land IT system investment. Kate has designed and moderated a variety of events from short masterclasses and write-shops comprising 5-30 attendees through to multi-day workshops and conferences comprising 100-200 attendees. With the Global Land Tool Network, she has led and facilitated Social Tenure Domain Model Training of Trainers in Nigeria, Ethiopia and Malaysia.

Kate’s international career began as a consultant to UN-Habitat, leading an action research project on youth access to land and decision-making spaces.  She has worked with regional government in Australia, managing the development of spatial tools to support inter-governmental coordination on conservation mechanisms.

Kate holds a B Eng (Surveying and Spatial Information Systems) from the University of New South Wales, Australia and MSc in Sustainable Urban Development (Distinction) from the University of Oxford. She is active in the International Federation of Surveyors and current vice chair of the Commission 7 Working Group on Women’s Land Rights.

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