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Professorial Fellow, Institute of Development Studies

Ian Scoones is a Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. He is PI of the ERC-funded PASTRES project ( and co-director of the ESRC STEPS Centre ( He is an agricultural ecologist by original training, and works on land, livelihoods and agrarian change mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. He is author of the report, Are Livestock Always Bad for the Planet? ( More details at


  • –present
    Fellow, Institute of Development Studies


Ester Boserup Prize for contributions to development research, 2019; ERC Advanced Grant, 2016; ESRC outstanding international mpact prize, 2015