Publications by OTuRN Affiliates

Fishing on the River Omo.

Social-ecological change in the Omo-Turkana basin: a synthesis of current developments

December 12, 2018

The OTuRN situation analysis that resulted from our 2016 workshop, this paper synthesizes the impacts of developments in the Omo-Turkana basin.


Derbyshire, S. F. (2020). Remembering Turkana: Material Histories and Contemporary Livelihoods in North-Western Kenya. Routledge.

Fana Gebresenbet. (2020). Divergent Terms of Market Integration of Agro-Pastoralists: Marketisation and Distress Selling of Livestock in South Omo, Ethiopia APRA working paper 27, Future Agricultures Consortium.

Lind, J., Okenwa, D., & Scoones, I. (2020). The Politics of Land, Resources & Investment in Eastern Africa’s Pastoral Drylands. James Currey.

Mkutu, K., & Mdee, A. (2020). Conservancies, Conflict and Dispossession: The Winners and Losers of Oil Exploration in Turkana, Kenya. African Studies Review, 1-27. doi:10.1017/asr.2020.2

Yu-Chun, K., M. Rogers, D. Bunnell, I. Cowx, S. Qian, O. Anneville, T. Beard Jr., A. Brinker, R. Britton, R. Chura-Cruz, N.J. Gownaris, J.R. Jackson, K. Kangur, J. Kolding, R. Chura-Cruz, A.J. Lynch, N. Mercado-Silva, R. Moncayo-Estrada, F.J. Njaya, I. Ostrovsky, L.G. Rudstam, A.L.E. Sandstrom, Y. Sato, H. Siguayro-Mamani, A. Thorpe, P.A.A. van Zwieten, P. Volta, Y. Wang, A. Weiperth, O.L.F. Wely, and J. Young. 2020. Assessing Effects of Climate and Land-Use Change on Fish Catches Across Global Lakes. Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-14624-2

Gebresenbet, F. (2019). Transforming the Bodi from Pastoralists to Outgrowers: Land and State Capitalism in South Omo, Southwest Ethiopia. In A. O. Akinola & H. Wissink (Eds.), Trajectory of Land Reform in Post-Colonial African States: The Quest for Sustainable Development and Utilization (pp. 43–55).

Hodbod, J., Stevenson, E. G. J., Akall, G., Akuja, T., Angelei, I., Bedasso, E. A., Buffavand, L., Derbyshire, S., Eulenberger, I., Gownaris, N., Kamski, B., Kurewa, A., Lokuruka, M., Mulugeta, M.F., Okenwa, D., Rodgers, C.,  Tebbs, E. (2019). Social-ecological change in the Omo-Turkana basin: A synthesis of current developments. Ambio.

Hodbod, J., Tebbs, E., Chan, K., & Sharma, S. (2019). Integrating Participatory Methods and Remote Sensing to Enhance Understanding of Ecosystem Service Dynamics Across Scales. Land, 8(9), 132.

Kamski, B. (2019) Water, sugar, and growth: the practical effects of a ‘failed’ development intervention in the southwestern lowlands of Ethiopia, Journal of Eastern African Studies, 13:4, 621-641, DOI: 10.1080/17531055.2019.1669374 

Mulugeta, M. F., Gebresenbet, F., Tariku, Y., & Nettir, E. (2019). Fundamental Challenges in Academic–Government Partnership in Conflict Research in the Pastoral Lowlands of Ethiopia. IDS Bulletin, 50(1).

Pertaub, D.-P., & Stevenson, E. G. J. (2019). Pipe Dreams: Water, Development and the Work of The Imagination in Ethiopia’s Lower Omo Valley. Nomadic Peoples, 23(2), 177–194.

Regassa, A., & Korf, B. (2018). Post-imperial statecraft: high modernism and the politics of land dispossession in Ethiopia’s pastoral frontier. Journal of Eastern African Studies, 12(4), 613-631.

 Stevenson, E. G. J. (2019). Water access transformations: Metrics, infrastructure, and inequities. Water Security, 8, 100047.

Tagel Wondimu & Fana Gebresenbet (2018) Resourcing land, dynamics of exclusion and conflict in the Maji area, Ethiopia, Conflict, Security & Development, 18:6, 547-570.

Other Relevant Publications

OTuRN affiliates quoted in Guardian article: Reflecting on the publication of the Oakland Institute report 'How They Tricked Us: Living with the Gibe III dam and sugarcane plantations in southwest Ethiopia', multiple OTuRN affiliates were cited in a Guardian article on June 13th, 2019.



An award winning Kenyan production on the challenges facing Lake Turkana, featuring OTuRN affiliate Dr. Sean Avery. Originally screened as part of Nation TV’s Nature series, the full film is now accessible online: 

Kamski, B. (2019). Omo investors won’t scrub away Kuraz’s sugary strain. EthiopiaInsight: 

Kamski, B. (2019). Why Ethiopia’s showcase sugar projects face huge challenges. The Conversation Africa: