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How do pastoralists handle uncertainty? Insights from Asia, Europe and Africa

Pastoralists are experts in uncertainty. In a series of 3 blog posts, STEPS director Ian Scoones reports back from visits to the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, Isiolo (Northern Kenya) and the Tibetan plateau. The visits were carried out under the PASTRES (Pastoralism, Uncertainty and Resilience) project, which explores what can be learned from the ways…

Japan book launches: Ian Scoones on sustainable rural livelihoods and the SDGs

This week, as part of book launches of the Japanese edition of “Sustainable Livelihoods and Rural Development”, STEPS Centre director Ian Scoones will be giving two talks in Japan. The talks explore the linkages between livelihoods and agrarian political economy and the links between a politically-informed sustainable livelihoods approach and the SDGs. Buy the book…

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Three PhD scholarships on pastoralism in Kenya, China and Italy

As part of an Advanced Grant European Research Council award, led by Professor Ian Scoones, we are recruiting three PhD students to start in February 2019 for three years full-time. The students will be working with the PASTRES project in Qinghai-Sichuan, China, Sardinia, Italy or Isiolo, Kenya. Applicants must come from these regions, be deeply…

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New research on pastoralism in Africa funded by European Research Council

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded one of its prestigious Advanced Grants to STEPS director Prof Ian Scoones. Ian will take this opportunity to build upon his earlier work on pastoralism in Africa and share lessons from the margins to address global challenges (see the book Pastoralism and Development in Africa). Ian’s project will…

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Getting the facts right on land grabs: 5 new (free) articles

As part of its series on land grabs, The Journal of Peasant Studies has released a collection of 5 new articles on the problem of recording accurate and reliable information on global land deals. The edition includes a contribution from STEPS co-director Ian Scoones. Here’s the description from the JPS: “The recent ‘land rush’ precipitated…

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Press release: Green grabs: the dark side of the green economy

Green’ market initiatives are increasing poverty. Local ecosystem stewardship must be nurtured instead. ‘Green grabbing’ –  the rapidly-growing appropriation of land and resources in the name of ‘green ’ biofuels, carbon offsetting schemes, conservation efforts  and eco-tourism initiatives – is forcing people from their homelands and increasing poverty, new research has found. Ecosystems being ‘asset-stripped’…