We are employing an interdisciplinary approach to evaluate emerging patterns of vulnerability in two pastoralist communities in Kenya which have begun to diversify into maize agriculture alongside their struggling livestock-based livelihood system. We are adopting approaches to investigate how mixed land use affects the sensitivity of range productivity to drought and shifting grazing pressures; how composition and inequities in household livestock assets create differential patterns of risk exposure associated with entry into agriculture; and how evolving land use institutions affect the coping capacity and resilience at individual and collective scales.
Lizzie King (UGA Odum School of Ecology & Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources), Laura German (UGA Dept. of Anthropology), Trenton Franz (University of Nebraska, School of Natural resources, CICR affiliate), Gabriele Volpato (UGA CICR postdoctoral scholar), Ryan Unks (ICON PhD Candidate)
For more information, contact Lizzie King or Laura German
Support for preliminary fieldwork was provided through the initiative Advancing Conservation in a Social Context, funded by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and through a research travel award from UGA’s Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute. Dissertation fieldwork was funded by a Science, Technology and Society Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation, and by UGA’s Graduate School. For more information, contact Patricia Dunne.
In October of 2008, CICR organized an “event ethnography” of the World Conservation Congress (WCC) in Barcelona, Spain. The WCC is a two week long meeting, held every four years, of conservation professionals and policy makers from around the world. During the first week, the 8,000 participants discuss trends and current issues in conservation as part of a conservation forum. The second week is devoted to debate and voting on resolutions that influence the direction of conservation within the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for the next four years. Working with other partners in the ACSC initiative, CICR staff coordinated the research efforts of over 20 ethnographers at the WCC to follow conversations and trace issues during the two week event. Research focuses included biofuels, market approaches to conservation, climate change, and ocean conservation. For more information, contact Pete Brosius.
Collaborative Event Ethnography of the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity
Using an emerging method developed by CICR, Collaborative Event Ethnography (CEE), research collaborators (including faculty and graduate students from Duke University, University of Toronto and other institutions) studied the 10th Conference of the Parties (CoP10) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) held in October 2010 to produce critical insights into the transformation of environmental governance in the contemporary economic and political context. For more information, contact Pete Brosius.
Social and Cultural Dimensions of Climate Change Adaptation: Anthropological and Sociological Approaches to Social Vulnerability and Biofuels in the U.S. South
This project is a collaborative effort among social scientists working with CICR and the U.S. Forest Service; we are currently engaged in a set of integrated research activities on (1) social vulnerability to climate change in urban and rural Georgia and (2) the social context of forest-based biofuel development as a component of climate change adaptation in the southeastern U.S. Building on maps and data sets that integrate climate change indicators and census-based indicators of social vulnerability, we are conducting ethnographic fieldwork in several areas identified as being high in both social vulnerability and in current and potential future climatic changes. We are also using the Integrative Framework developed by ACSC in collaboration with CICR to explore the cultural, social, economic, and ecological trade-offs that different biofuels development options present; we hope to find synergies and help identify policy and management pathways towards more sustainable and equitable social and ecological outcomes. For more information, contact Pete Brosius.