Core researchers

Ian Scoones

IIan Scoonesan Scoones is a Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex and is co-director of the ESRC STEPS Centre. He is the Principal Investigator of PASTRES. An agricultural ecologist by original training, he has worked on dryland agrarian change, livelihoods and the politics of sustainability for over 30 years, including on pastoralism. His books include ‘Living with Uncertainty: New directions in pastoral development in Africa (1995), ‘Dynamic Sustainabilities: Technology, Environment, Social Justice’ (2010) and ‘Livelihoods and Rural Development’ (2015). For more information, see:


Michele Nori

Michele NoriMichele Nori is based at the Global Governance Programme of the European University Institute (EUI), Firenze. A tropical agronomist by original training, with a PhD in rural sociology (Wageningen), he has worked extensively in pastoral areas in Africa, Qinghai-Tibet, China and the Mediterranean region. He has recently completed a Marie Curie Fellowship with EUI, focused on migration and pastoralism in the Mediterranean region. For more information, see Michele Nori’s profile on the EUI website.


Country leads and institutions


Gongbuzeren is an Assistant Professor at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu. His research has focuses rangeland management and policy, the relationship between cultural beliefs and nature reserve management, rural development and poverty alleviation. He will work closely with Wenjun Li, who is a professor of natural resource management in the Department of Environmental Science at Peking University.

Gongbuzeren’s profile and publications (Researchgate)

Wenjun Li’s profile and publications (Researchgate)


Antonello Franca is a researcher at the Institute for Animal Production in the Mediterranean, based in Sassari, Sardinia. He has a doctorate in Crop Productivity from the University of Sassari. His research interests include the ecophysiology of pastures, germplasm collection and evaluation, sylvopastoral ecosystems and seed bank dynamics.

Contact details and publications (ISPAAM-CNR website)


Hussein Abdullahi Mahmoud is Head of Department of the Department of Social Sciences at the Technical University of Mombasa. He completed his PhD in anthropology at the University of Kentucky. His research interests include pastoral livelihoods, marketing, innovation, conflicts, citizenship and natural resource management in the Horn of Africa, especially northern Kenya. He has published extensively on these themes, and has consulted for the Government of Kenya, the African Development Bank, the FAO, Mercy Corps and CARE International in both Kenya and Somalia. He was the co-convenor of the pastoralism theme of the Future Agricultures Consortium and is a Fellow of the Rift Valley Institute.

Profile and publications (Researchgate)

Other project members

Anna Triandafyllidou

Anna TriandafyllidouAnna Triandafyllidou is Professor at the Global Governance Programme (GGP) of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS), European University Institute. Within the GGP she coordinates the Research Area on Cultural Pluralism.

She has been Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges since 2002, and is a member of the Spinelli Group. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies. Her main areas of research and teaching are the governance of cultural diversity, migration, and nationalism from a European and international perspective.

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Jeremy Lind

Jeremy LindDr Jeremy Lind is a development geographer with over 10 years research and advisory experience on livelihoods in conflict areas and the difficulties of aid delivery in such contexts, including one year researching the impacts of armed violence on pastoralist livelihoods in northern Kenya.

He is currently Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex and a Research Associate of the Centre for Civil Society at the London School of Economics. He has extensive fieldwork experience in north-east Africa, where he lived and worked for three years as a Research Fellow for a Nairobi-based international research institute.

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Affiliate researchers

We are recruiting three PhD students to start in February 2019 for three years full-time. For details of how to become an affiliate to the project and our PhD scholarships, see the Phd / Affiliates page.

Linda Pappagallo

A large part of Linda’s professional experience has focused on research and data collection methodologies, including on Community-Based Rangeland, Livestock Management and governance impact data.

Linda has worked on pastoralism in the Middle East and North Africa, in particular with an Omani anthropologist on the shawawi  pastoralists in Jabal- Al Akhdar, speaking with pastoralists and rangers on governance issues at the frontiers of nature reserves in Iran, and working with the International Livestock Research Institute on assessing the possibility of applying payment for ecosystem services to pastoral systems in Tunisia. She is beginning a DPhil with the International Development Studies department at Sussex University in Sept 2018, exploring the impact of absentee livestock herding on rangeland health.

Linda holds a BSc in Economics from Nottingham University and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University (School of International Political Affairs), with a concentration in Energy and the Environment and a specialization in Applied Sciences.

Greta Semplici

Greta is a DPhil Candidate at the Oxford Department of International Development. Her research explores the challenging concept of resilience in dry-lands. It is an ethnographically informed study of desertscapes based on extended multi-sited fieldwork in Turkana County, in the arid lands of Northern Kenya.

Previously, Greta worked for FAO Somalia as Monitoring and Evaluation International Consultant and collaborated with LAMA Development and Cooperation Agency for research on formal and informal social protection strategies in rural Malawi.

She holds a BA in Development Economics and International Cooperation from the University of Florence (laurea triennale) and a MSc in Development Economics from the University of Florence (laurea specialistica).