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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

Better Assistance in Crises (BASIC) Research aims to inform policy and programming on how to help poor and vulnerable people cope better with crises and meet their basic needs through more effective social assistance in contexts of recurrent shocks, climate crises, humanitarian crises,...

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...




Social Protection and Building Back Better

Positioning Paper

The Covid-19 pandemic has meant sweeping changes for economies and societies, with the most devastating consequences for individuals and groups with pre-existing vulnerabilities. These impacts are likely to be compounded in contexts with greater fragility. As attention shifts from addressing...

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Jeremy Lind & 2 others

30 September 2020


Fifty Years of Research on Pastoralism and Development

IDS Bulletin 51.1A

This archive IDS Bulletin reflects on 50 years of research on pastoralism at IDS. Much has changed, but there are also important continuities. The ‘end of pastoralism’ was proclaimed widely in the 1970s, yet, as a successful, resilient livelihood adapted to some of the harshest...

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Ian Scoones & 9 others

26 May 2020

Jeremy Lind’s recent work


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

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


New Online Hub Focuses on Countering Violent Extremism in Kenya

Launched today in Nairobi, a new online hub focusing on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) in Kenya hopes to connect researchers, practitioners and policymakers. The Countering Violent Extremism Research Hub, a collaboration between the Centre for Human Rights and Policy...

5 September 2018