Publications by OTuRN Affiliates

Gabbert, E. C., Gebresenbet, F., Galaty, J. G., & Schlee, G. (Eds.). (2021). Lands of the Future: Anthropological Perspectives on Pastoralism, Land Deals and Tropes of Modernity in Eastern Africa (Vol. 23). Berghahn Books.

Girke, F. (2021): Establishing Ethos: The Rhetorical Work of Bondfriendship. In: Abbink, Jon and Shauna LaTosky (eds.), Rhetoric of Social Relations. Dialectics of Bonding and Contestation. Studies in Rhetoric and Culture Vol. 8. New York, Oxford: Berghahn, 116-141.

Girke, Felix und Dunga Nakuwa Batum (2021): Bittamo. Authority, Legitimacy, and Duty in Kara, Southern Ethiopia. In: Steinforth, Arne S. and Sabine Klocke-Daffa (eds.), Challenging Authorities, Ethnographies of Legitimacy and Power in Eastern and Southern Africa. Palgrave Macmillan.,

Hodbod, J., Stevenson, E.G.J., and Mercy Fekadu Mulugeta (2021). Resilience dynamics in a rapidly changing social-ecological system: shifting inequalities in Ethiopia’s Lower Omo Valley. In: Lautze, J., McCartney, M., & Gibson, J. (Eds.). (2021). The Omo-Turkana Basin: Cooperation for Sustainable Water Management. Routledge.

Lokuruka, M. N. I. (2021). Improving Food and Nutrition Security in Kenya’s Arid Lands-A Mini Review. Asian Research Journal of Agriculture, 14(3), 45-63.

Kennedy Mkutu, Marie Müller-Koné & Evelyne Atieno Owino (2021) Future visions, present conflicts: the ethnicized politics of anticipation surrounding an infrastructure corridor in northern Kenya, Journal of Eastern African Studies, 15:4, 707-727, DOI: 10.1080/17531055.2021.1987700

Müller-Mahn, D., Mkutu, K. & Kioko, E. (2021). Megaprojects—mega failures? The politics of aspiration and the transformation of rural Kenya. Eur J Dev Res 33, 1069–1090.

Semplici, Greta. 2021. ‘Resilience and the mobility of identity: belonging and change among Turkana herders in northern Kenya’. Nomadic Peoples 25(2):226-252.

Stevenson, E. G. J., Buffavand, L., & Keestra, S. (2021). Thinking upstream: A critical examination of a cholera outbreak in Ethiopia. Forced Migration Review, 67, 14–16.

Tröger, S. (2021). Just Societal Transformation: Perspectives of Pastoralists in the Lower Omo Valley in Ethiopia. In: W. Leal Filho et al (eds), African Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation, Springer.



Avery, S. (2020). Kenya's Rift Valley lakes have been this high before. But there's cause for concern. The Conversation.

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

Semplici, G. (2020). ‘Clotting Nomadic Spaces: On Sedentism and Nomadism’. Nomadic Peoples, 24(1): 56–85.

Semplici, G (2020). ‘Resilience in Action. Local Practices and Development/Humanitarian Policies. A Review of Resilience in the Drylands of Turkana.’  

Tebbs, E. J., Avery, S. T., & Chadwick, M. A. (2020). Satellite remote sensing reveals impacts from dam‐associated hydrological changes on chlorophyll‐a in the world's largest desert lake. River Research and Applications, 36(2), 211-222.

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.

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

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.


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.

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: