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Annelies Zoomers

Professor of Human Geography and Planning, Utrecht University

My main research project is developing more inclusive, participatory and conflict-sensitive climate change interventions in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Kenya.

My main project at the moment is to enhance the adaptive capacity to climate change of small-scale farmers and pastoralists in the arid and semi-arid regions of Burkina Faso, Ghana and Kenya. This project concentrates on the importance of local level involvement in enhancing the resilience of people’s livelihoods. It focuses in particular on improving inclusiveness, participation and conflict-sensitivity of climate change interventions that are directed at farmers and pastoralists. The role of groups, which are marginalized based on distinctions of gender, generation, ethnicity or class, will receive special attention.

This project brings together different scientific schools of thought to achieve a better understanding of the links between community participation in development, local power and conflict dynamics, climate change interventions and people’s adaptive capacity. As a second step, the project will contribute to the formulation of community-smart climate change adaptation policies and develop applicable tools and outputs for both practitioners and policy makers.

I am the co-editor with Mayke Kaag of The Global Land Grab. Beyond the Hype (London: Zed Books, 2014).


  • –present
    Professor of Human Geography and Planning, Utrecht University