Introducing PASTRES: Pastoralism, Uncertainty, Resilience

A pastoralist guiding a herd of sheep in a dusty landscape, with the sun setting behind hills in the background

by Ian Scoones and Michele Nori

Welcome to the new PASTRES blog! Its launch marks the beginning of a new European Research Council funded project, Pastoralism, Uncertainty and Resilience: Global Lessons from the Margins (PASTRES) led by Ian Scoones at IDS, Sussex and Michele Nori at EUI, Florence.

We are asking: What lessons can we learn for global challenges from pastoral systems responding to uncertainty?  Together with local partners and students, we will be working in pastoral areas across three continents: China (Qinghai plateau), Italy (Sardinia) and Kenya (Isiolo), where we will be exploring responses to uncertainty across three areas: environment/resources, markets/commodities and institutions/governance.

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PASTRES (Pastoralism, Uncertainty and Resilience: Global Lessons from the Margins) is a new research project, starting in 2018, which aims to learn from the ways that pastoralists respond to uncertainty, through cases in Kenya, China and Italy. We will aim to apply such ‘lessons from the margins’ to global challenges.

This blog will be a home for comments and news by the researchers on the PASTRES project. To find out more about the research, visit the project website.