PASTRES (Pastoralism, Uncertainty and Resilience: Global Lessons from the Margins) is an ERC (European Research Council) Advanced Grant starting in 2018, and running for five years.
PASTRES is hosted by the ESRC STEPS Centre at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex and the European University Institute in Florence. It is led by Prof Ian Scoones (STEPS/IDS) and Dr Michele Nori (EUI).
Drawing insights from across three continents, we are asking: What lessons can we learn for global challenges from pastoral systems responding to uncertainty? We are working in pastoral areas of China (Qinghai), Italy (Sardinia) and Kenya (Isiolo), exploring responses to uncertainty in three areas: environment/resources, markets/commodities and institutions/governance.
We will foster a conversation with other domains where uncertainty is pervasive, including for example: financial and commodity systems, critical infrastructure management, disease outbreak response, migration policy, climate change and conflict and security governance.
Our aim is to open up a debate about uncertainty, as fundamental to thinking about governance and policy in contemporary times, exploring new approaches both to understanding and response.
PASTRES has four interlinked objectives:
- Learning from pastoral areas to develop a novel cross-disciplinary theoretical framework for thinking and acting, focused on the relationships between uncertainty, resilience and development in the context of rapid change.
- Exploring responses to uncertainties in environment/resources, commodities/markets and institutions/governance, and systemic, interlocked relations between these, in three pastoral settings in China, Italy and Kenya.
- Facilitating a dialogue between marginal pastoral areas and others around fundamental challenges of systemic risk and uncertainty provisionally across six domains (climate and environmental change; financial and commodity markets; disease outbreak response; critical infrastructures; migration policy; and security and conflict), drawing out wider lessons.
- Developing the capacities of a team of researchers and counterparts in three countries (China, Italy and Kenya) for policy-engaged, cross-disciplinary research and analysis, and developing a wider network across fields, all exploring uncertainty and resilience.
PASTRES is working closely with a number partners in its policy engagement and outreach work, including:
- The FAO Pastoralist Knowledge Hub
- CELEP (Coalition of European Lobbies for Eastern African Pastoralism)
News and updates
Seminar with Ian Scoones: Can pastoralists help us respond to global uncertainties? Institute of Development Studies, 9 January 2018
Resources, markets and institutions: what can we all learn from pastoralists living with uncertainty? Lecture by Ian Scoones at Bayreuth University, Germany, 16 January 2018
Can understanding pastoral systems help us respond to global uncertainties? Seminar by Ian Scoones at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany, 19 January 2018
Living with uncertainty – learning from pastoralists. Seminar by Michele Nori, Department of Geography, Autonomous University of Barcelona, 24 April 2018
Presentation on PASTRES by Michele Nori, FAO Pastoralist Knowledge Hub, 30 May 2018
PASTRES seminar by Michele Nori, CaSEs seminar series on transdisciplinary approaches to human culture, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, 9 May 2018
Workshop with Michele Nori: ‘Adaptation des agro-écosystèmes aux changements globaux : plus de résilience et moins de vulnérabilité?’, Lyon, France, 4-8 June 2018
Talks by Ian Scoones and Jeremy Lind at the African Studies Assocation conference, Birmingham, UK, 11-14 September 2018