This course offers an introduction to thinking about different aspects of pastoralism based on the work of the PASTRES programme.
The lectures were initially presented as part of the training of the PASTRES PhD student cohort during 2019. They introduce key concepts, multiple cases and questions for debate on pastoralism, uncertainty and resilience.
How to use this course
The course is suitable for students, practitioners and policymakers. You can listen to all 13 sessions, or dip into particular ones. To get an introduction, try listening to the first two lectures first.
Video lectures: Each session is around 30-40 mins, and consists of slides with lecture audio.
Questions: Each section has a short written introduction, plus suggested readings and questions. Think about the questions as you listen to the lecture – the aim is to get you to think about the places you work. How similar or different are they to the cases being discussed?
Readings: We have listed a few open access readings for each section: don’t feel you have to read them to understand the lecture. If you want to pursue debates further, these are good places to start.
Other background material
Background reading on pastoralism
For the full reference lists from the PASTRES sessions, see background reading. There are of course potentially many, many more!
For further viewing, watch the seminars held at Sussex as part of the PASTRES course:
- Pastoralism in the Arabian Peninsula – Reflections on contemporary challenges and adaptations to land use rights with Dawn Chatty
- Disciplinary Diversification in Karamoja: The Case of Charcoal with Matteo Caravani
- Bringing moral economy into the study of land deals: reflections from Madagascar with Mathilde Gingembre
- Can pastoralists help us respond to global uncertainties? with Ian Scoones
Lectures on big ideas
- Why embracing uncertainty means rethinking development and reimagining the future – Ian Scoones
- The Sustainable Development Goals: a new politics of transformation? Ian Scoones
- Understanding policy processes – Ian Scoones