Jeremy Lind

Jeremy Lind

Research Fellow

Dr Jeremy Lind is a development geographer of the Horn of Africa, focussing on conflict, violence and livelihoods, particularly in pastoralist areas. He was co-leader of the Resource Politics and Environmental Change cluster at IDS from 2015-2018.

Jeremy has over 20 years of academic research, advisory work and project management experience, working with a range of government and non-governmental actors at the national and sub-national levels in the Horn of Africa as well as scholars and advocates in the region. Currently he is part of the leadership team for the Better Assistance in Crises (BASIC) programme funded by the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office.

His latest research critically examines the local-level dynamics around land and resource-based investments in dryland eastern Africa. He is also PI of the UK Research Councils-funded Seeing Conflict at the Margins project using interdisciplinary methods to examine conflicts around geothermal and wind power developments in Kenya. He is lead editor of Land, Investment and Politics: Reconfiguring Eastern Africa’s Pastoral Drylands (James Currey, 2020).

Previously he convened the Addressing and Mitigating Violence programme as part of the IDS DFID Accountable Grant, leading to the publication of a collection of cases on vernacular security at the insurgent margins.

Jeremy’s advisory experience focusses on livelihoods and social protection, including leading the qualitative research since 2012 for the Donor Coordination Team-commissioned performance evaluation of Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP). He has completed other advisory work for the World Bank, Overseas Development Institute, Oxfam GB, Christian Aid, Medicines Sans Frontieres-UK, the BBC World Service, and the British-Irish Afghanistan Agencies Group.

At IDS, Jeremy convenes and lectures across a range of MA modules including Debating Poverty and Vulnerability, Poverty Violence and Conflict, Climate Change and Development, and Food and Development. He supervises several PhD students, including six as part of the Pastoralism, Uncertainty and Resilience (PASTRES) research programme funded by the European Research Council.

Prior to joining IDS in 2009, Jeremy was Lecturer of Human Geography at the University of Sussex, where he taught a range of undergraduate and graduate courses on environment, development and conflict. Previously he was Research Officer at the London School of Economics, where he researched changing approaches to aid and civil society in the post-9/11 context. The research was published in a co-authored book on Counter-Terrorism, Aid and Civil Society: Before and After the War on Terror (Palgrave, 2009), as well as a co-edited volume on Civil Society Under Strain: The War on Terror Regime, Civil Society and Aid Post-9/11 (Kumarian Press, 2009).

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Better Assistance in Crises (BASIC) Research

The intersection of protracted conflict and displacement with recurring climate shocks, alongside the shifting nature of humanitarian responses, presents multiple challenges for how to provide social assistance more effectively in protracted crises. BASIC (Better Assistance in Crises) Research...

Programme and centre

Addressing and mitigating violence

Generating practical policy options for states and citizens so they can better address and mitigate violence in both rural and urban settings.


Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Research Hub

This project supports and facilitates high-quality research, exchange of ideas, relationship-building and networking among the scholarly and practitioner community working in countering violent extremism (CVE) in Kenya. The CVE Research Hub will serve as a centre of excellence in research on...



Working Paper

Ensuring an Effective Social Protection Response in Conflict-Affected Settings: Findings from the Horn of Africa

Working Paper

The interaction between social protection and conflict is an emerging area of study with particular relevance to the Horn of Africa, where conflict and political instability are habitual risks and where social protection is now a well-established field of intervention, including in response to...

Izzy Birch & 3 others

9 May 2023

Working Paper

Expanding Social Protection Coverage with Humanitarian Aid: Lessons on Targeting and Transfer Values from Ethiopia

Strategy Support Program Working Paper 158

While social protection programs have multiplied over the last two decades across sub-Saharan Africa, these co-exist alongside humanitarian assistance in many places, calling for better integration of assistance delivered through the two channels. Progress on this front is hampered by limited...

19 July 2022

Working Paper

Strengthening Responses at the Nexus of Social Protection, Humanitarian Aid and Climate Shocks in Protracted Crises: BASIC Research Framing Paper

BASIC Research Working Paper 1

This paper reviews the contours of global and national debates, and the concepts that are key to informing research on social assistance in contexts of protracted crises. It focuses on three fields: social protection, humanitarian assistance, and climate adaptation and responsiveness.

25 May 2022

Jeremy Lind’s recent work


Social protection in a time of global uncertainty: what’s next?

In just two decades since the early 2000s, social protection established itself as a vibrant social policy sector in countries across the Global South, from Latin America to sub-Saharan Africa to South Asia. Social protection appeared in several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015. Even...

10 November 2022


Global investment, local struggles

Following the global commodities boom, investment has poured into large-scale extractive, green energy and other resource development projects around the world. Many of these are in the rural margins – places geographically but also politically distant from the centres of economic power. In...

17 March 2020


Green Dreams, Local Struggles: Rift Valley Forum

On 16 October 2019, the Rift Valley Forum hosted a discussion of initial findings from the Seeing Conflict at the Margins project, in partnership with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS, Sussex University) and Friends of Lake Turkana. The forum opened with an introduction to the project,...

15 November 2019

Past Event

Picturing change: Oil development in rural northern Kenya

This photographic exhibition tells the story of changing lives and livelihoods in Lokichar, a small town in Turkana County, and surrounding villages that are at the centre of northern Kenya’s oil frontier. This exhibition will be opened by the Labour MP for Kemptown and member of the...

9 November 2018