Pastoralism Journal: Research, Policy and Practice

Launched in 2011, the Pastoralism: research, policy and practice journal publishes interdisciplinary and peer-reviewed articles on extensive livestock production systems throughout the world. IIED helped to fund its launch.

Began 2011

Front cover of the journal Pastoralism journal: research, policy and practicePastoralism is a global phenomenon. From the semi-arid tropics to the Arctic, it is practiced in environments as varied as deserts and savannahs, marshes, high meadows, plains and tundra.

In 2010, there was no central forum for researchers, policymakers and practitioners to confront each other’s ideas on pastoralism and discuss the implications of their policies and development work. 

Pastoralism: research, policy and practice provides this forum, publishing interdisciplinary and peer-reviewed articles on extensive livestock production systems throughout the world.

The journal continues to publish research and field experience that influences policy and practice, to improve the welfare of pastoral people, better conserve the environments in which they live and contribute to broad economic development. 

'Pastoralism' is committed to publishing material not just by researchers, but also by administrators and field workers who would not normally contribute to a scientific journal. By sourcing material worldwide, the journal promotes the comparative analysis of this varied and widespread production system.


The first two issues were published by Practical Action Publishers (UK) in 2010. IIED and IUCN provided seed funding for the first year, allowing the distribution of free printed versions into remote district offices, government research establishments and NGOs without internet access.

It is now published by SpringerOpen (Germany) and available through open access online. The editors are Carol Kerven and Roy Behnke of the Odessa Centre.

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