Transformations to Sustainability project funded to Kathleen Galvin, Anthropology

The International Social Science Council (ISSC) has awarded Kathleen Galvin  (Anthropology, SoGES), a Transformations to Sustainability grant of  € 30,000 for 6 months  to develop a Transformative Knowledge Network on the World’s Rangelands through Social Change.  Galvin and her team will bring together researchers and practitioners from Kenya, Mongolia and the US Great Plains to CSU to develop a large three-year proposal for an internationally comparative research program on rangeland sustainability. Bringing together experiences from Kenya, Mongolia and the US Great Plains the goal is to find appropriate local institutional solutions to cope with the negative consequences of rangeland changes to build sustainable futures.

Rangelands are undergoing rapid and complex changes caused by climate, land-use changes, political transitions, demographic shifts and dynamic market shifts. Yet these changes are creating unique opportunities for rangeland peoples to transform their lives to more sustainable futures for themselves and the rangelands they depend upon. This is an exceptional opportunity for the co-design of research with people living in these regions. Galvin assembled a strong collaborative team including Robin Reid, Maria Fernández-Giménez and Dennis Ojima in the Warner College of Natural Resources and Jeff Morrisette at the Department of Interior, North Central Climate Science Center located at CSU. The Transformations to Sustainability program is an ISSC contribution to the work of Future Earth.