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Scales and data quality in social-ecological research on drylands
06/07/20 – 17/07/20 in Bayreuth, Germany
Prof. Dr. Han van Dijk & Prof. Dr. Cyrus Samimi

The drylands surrounding Europe (North, West and East Africa, Middle East, West Asia) are among the most food insecure and politically unstable areas in the world. These regions are plagued by poverty and increasingly frequent and extreme weather events have limited agricultural development potential. Further, they are facing long-term water shortages leading to increasing dependency on food imports. Their population is young, with little formal education. High unemployment rates and high levels of political tension based on religious and ethnic divisions, lead to violence and even civil war. Many of the mentioned processes and nexuses are taking place on multiple and dynamic temporal and spatial scales, which often do not match up. One of the main scientific challenges in providing a knowledge basis for long-term solutions is to develop methodologies that link up information and processes from different scale levels to create the necessary cross-scale connections to make policies work.
During this summer school, we intend to work with a group of young researchers and postdocs working in drylands at and across different scale levels to reflect on these methodological challenges to come up with ideas for innovative methodologies that work across scales.

This course is sponsored by the VolkswagenStiftung. It is free for participants and travel grants are available for successful applicants. The selection of participants is based on a competitive selection process.

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The Commons in a Glocal World
Global Connections and Local Responses
Edited by Tobias Haller, Thomas Breu, Tine De Moor, Christian Rohr and Heinzpeter Znoj

This volume focuses on how, in Europe, the debate on the commons is discussed in regard to historical and contemporary dimensions, referencing the work on Elinor Ostrom. It also explores how Europe directly and indirectly affected and affects, the commons globally from the perspective of new institutional political ecology (NIPE).

This book will be of interest to students and researchers from a wide range of disciplines including natural resource management, environmental governance, social anthropology, political geography and environmental history. It includes a section on impacts of European investments on commons in dryland areas in Morocco, Kenya, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and a review paper on commons grabbing from the land matrix.

Series: Earthscan Studies in Natural Resource Management

The Commons in a Glocal World

DRYLANDS FACING CHANGE is a network of researchers working to develop long-term solutions for dryland areas

Drylands and their inhabitants are facing complex challenges regarding the development of their economies and productive agricultural systems in the face of climate variability and future climate change, adverse market conditions and political instability.

The project’s main objective is to achieve better research coordination between disciplines (natural sciences, agriculture, environmental sciences, social sciences, political sciences, geography), and across institutional boundaries – European, International and African institutions – in order to create research networks that work together on strategic research agendas to develop long-term solutions for problems in dryland areas.

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