My research examines how people adapt to unpredictable environmental conditions in arid and semi-arid lands, especially in East Africa. This involves the study of land use, livelihood diversification, the adoption of cultivation, and migration. I am especially interested in how these changes affect the resilience of these coupled social/natural systems. Another aspect of my research involves understanding how national parks and protected areas impact the people living around them – both positively and negatively. I also conduct research on local concepts of well being and the relationship of climate and conflict in Kenya.
ecological anthropology, arid and semi arid rangelands, East Africa, nomadic pastoralism, conservation, development