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Ian Scoones

Professorial Fellow

Ian Scoones is co-director of the ESRC STEPS Centre at Sussex and principal investigator of the ERC Advanced Grant project, PASTRES (Pastoralism, Uncertainty and Resilience: Lessons From the Margins).

He works on agrarian and environmental change, particularly in Africa. He has a particular interest in the connections between science, policy and the politics of sustainability. His long-term research on land, agricultural and livelihoods in Zimbabwe is covered in his regular blog, Zimbabweland. He is a member of the editorial collective of the Journal of Peasant Studies and on the editorial board of Ecology and Society.



Future Agricultures Consortium

Future Agricultures is a network of researchers on agriculture and food policy in Africa, formed of more than 100 people working in 12 countries across Africa and in Europe.


PASTRES: Pastoralism, Uncertainty and Resilience

PASTRES (Pastoralism, Uncertainty and Resilience: Global Lessons from the Margins) is a research project which aims to learn from the ways that pastoralists respond to uncertainty, applying such 'lessons from the margins' to global challenges.



Journal Article

Young People and Land in Zimbabwe: Livelihood Challenges After Land Reform

Review of African Political Economy;46

This article explores the livelihood challenges and opportunities of young people following Zimbabwe’s land reform in 2000. The article explores the life courses of a cohort of men and women, all children of land reform settlers, in two contrasting smallholder land reform sites. Major...

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Ian Scoones & 2 others

8 August 2019

Journal Article

The Pathway toward a Net-Zero-Emissions Future

The UK’s commitment to zero carbon by 2050 and the preceding Climate Emergency Declaration represent a change to policy. More significantly, they represent a change to the narrative by centering attention on the catastrophic emergency that climate change poses as well as the profound challenge...

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Ian Scoones & 6 others

25 July 2019

Ian Scoones’s recent work