Global Lessons

From the Margins

The stories and images on this website explore how pastoralists understand, experience and respond to uncertainty. They draw on six very different places around the world where pastoralists are living and working in often variable and uncertain conditions.

The images were produced by pastoralists and a team of researchers from the PASTRES research programme.

The sites include Amdo Tibet in China, Sardinia in Italy, Isiolo in northern Kenya, Borana in southern Ethiopia, Kachchh in Gujarat, India and Douiret, Tataouine in southern Tunisia.

From climate change to financial markets, from disease epidemics to changes in rules, territories or boundaries, pastoralists are experts at living with uncertainty.

The PASTRES programme (Pastoralism, Uncertainty and Resilience: Global Lessons from the Margins) has set out to learn from how pastoralists deal with uncertainty and resilience, drawing out lessons for responding global challenges.

To find out more about PASTRES, visit the programme’s main website at


Natasha Maru
Kachchh, India.

Natasha has a multidisciplinary social sciences background with experience working with smallholder farmers and pastoralists in India.  Her work with the PASTRES project has aimed to broaden  conceptions of pastoral mobility.

Tahira Shariff
IsIolo, Kenya.

Tahira is from Northern Kenya. In her work with the PASTRES programme, Tahira has examined how pastoralist communities evolve community safety nets and coping strategies in response to external shocks, and how such strategies are rooted in cultural institutions.

Masresha Taye
Borana, Ethiopia.

Masresha has research expertise in Ethiopia, Kenya and Niger drylands. His PhD project with the PASTRES programme focuses on the role of insurance in mitigating risk and generating resilience among Borana pastoralists of southern Ethiopia.

Linda Pappagallo
Douiret, Tunisia.

Linda has worked on pastoralism in the Middle East and North Africa.  Her research with the PASTRES project explores the role of migration, and various forms of absence-presence, on livestock keeping in southern Tunisia.

Giulia Simula
Sardinia, Italy.

Giulia is an agrarian and food movement researcher and activist originally from Sardinia, Italy. Giulia’s research with the PASTRES project focuses on the politics of pastoral markets and the dynamics of agrarian transformation.

Palden Tsering
Amdo Tibet, China.

Palden is from Amdo Tibet, Qinghai, China. His work with the PASTRES project explores hybrid process of land control in pastoral areas of Qinghai, in the context of rising uncertainties on the Tibetan plateau.


Ian Scoones
Professorial Fellow, Institute of Development Studies
Principal Investigator, PASTRES project

Michele Nori
Research Fellow, European University Institute

Jeremy Lind
Supervision support & Research Fellow, IDS

Roopa Gogineni
Photographer, Filmmaker, Visual Methods Advisor 

Shibaji Bose
Researcher and Practitioner in Visual Methodologies

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PASTRES has received Advanced Grant funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant agreement No. 740342). The project is hosted by the ESRC STEPS Centre at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK and the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. 

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