My research focuses on the transformation of African pastoral systems. I have investigated how FulBe pastoralists in the Far North Province of Cameroon have adapted to changing ecological, political and institutional conditions that affect their lives and livelihoods. I continue to research herder-farmer conflicts, intensification of pastoral systems, and pastoral development.
I have recently begun a new multi-disciplinary project that will examine how mobile pastoralists in the Logone Floodplain of Cameroon coordinate their movements to avoid conflict and avoid overgrazing in a land tenure system that is best described as open access. My hypothesis is that this management system is best understood as a case of emerging complexity. I will test this hypothesis using spatial and ethnographic analyses as well as multi-agent simulations and analytical modeling. The project is sponsored in part by the National Geographic Society and the Ohio State University.