PASTRES: Pastoralism, Uncertainty & Resilience

Herder with a flock of sheep in a dryland landscape, with sun setting behind mountains in the background

PASTRES (Pastoralism, Uncertainty and Resilience: Global Lessons from the Margins) is a research project which aims to learn from the ways that pastoralists respond to uncertainty, applying such ‘lessons from the margins’ to global challenges.

We aim to foster a conversation with other policy domains where uncertainty is pervasive, including financial and commodity systems, critical infrastructure management, disease outbreak response, migration policy, climate change and conflict and security governance.

Cases and funding

Our three case studies are in pastoral areas of China (Sichuan and Qinghai), Italy (Sardinia) and Kenya (Isiolo).

Read more: cases

The project is funded by an ERC (European Research Council) Advanced Grant hosted by the ESRC STEPS Centre at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex and the European University Institute in Florence.

Read more: About the project.


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