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).

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).


Seminar with Ian Scoones: Can pastoralists help us respond to global uncertainties? Institute of Development Studies, 9 January 2018

Webinar: How are the pathways to resilience in pastoralist areas of East Africa evolving? 10 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

Introducing PASTRES. Talks by Michele Nori at CIRAD, Montpellier and Aix-Marseille University, France, 13-14 March 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

blog posts

PASTRES blog (external site)

News and updates

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