Pastoralism Journal: Research, Policy and Practice

Began 2011

Pastoralism 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. 

Front cover of the journal Pastoralism journal: research, policy and practicePastoralism: 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. Both organisations remain associated with the journal.

It is now published by SpringerOpen (Germany) and available through open access online. The editors are Carol Kerven and Roy Behnke, at Odessa Centre UK, which initiated and owns the journal. To subscribe, please email


Pastoralism Journal Flyer

Pastoralism – Research, policy and practice, Vol 1 No 2, Carol Kervan and Roy Behnke (eds) (2010)

Pastoralism – Research, policy and practice, Vol 1 No 1, Carol Kervan and Roy Behnke (eds) (2010)

Additional resources

Pastoralism: research, policy and practice, SpringerOpen website


Odessa Centre UK