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The PASTRES project – could we learn from pastoralists?

By Michele NORI, PASTRES project research associate

The PASTRES project is a research project dealing with pastoralism and pastoralists living in different regions of the globe, including different portions of European mountainous, inner and island areas. The project started in late 2017 and 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.


PASTRES: Pastoralism, Uncertainty and Resilience – Global Lessons from the Margins

The project aims to learn from the ways that pastoralists respond to uncertainty, applying such ‘lessons from the margins’ to global challenges such as financial and commodity systems, critical infrastructure management, disease outbreak response, migration policy, climate change and conflict and security governance.

The projects cover land governance in Tibet, livelihood change in northern Kenya, market networks in Sardinia, absentee ownership and social differentiation in southern Tunisia, mobility practices in Gujarat, India and responses to a livestock insurance scheme in southern Ethiopia.

More info could be sought through the EUI intro Blog or the intro video.

The project started with long training sessions on pastoralism from different perspectives, and after two years, PASTRES fieldwork activities have now begun, and PhD experiences are unfolding through six empirical cases in different regions of the globe. Hereby you can find some short videos introducing the proposed research themes.


The interfaces between pastoralism and uncertainty

PASTRES believes that the wider society could learn from pastoral communities’ indications and lessons about ‘living with uncertainty’, as for extensive livestock breeders’ uncertainty is a resource, essential for livelihoods and at the core of grassland and livestock management.

To complement the more conceptual piece on uncertainty from prof. Scoones, two papers exploring the interfaces between pastoralists and uncertainty through a major review of the literature on pastoralism, have been published:


More information

Tools and results from the PASTRES project can bring added knowledge to pastoralists in mountain areas. Outcomes of the project can be complementary with the LIFE OREKA MENDIAN project, which aims at enhancing the sustainable management of mountain grasslands through pastoralism.

More information and materials could be sourced through the PASTRES website, the PASTRES bi-weekly blog, the PASTRES newsletter, or by following us on Twitter and Instagram. Stay tuned!

Comments, criticisms and inputs from your side on the project and/or on the documents will be appreciated, in case.

22 January 2020

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