Three projects have received grants for research starting 2018. One project hope to contribute to a better understanding of the merits of using intervals in survey research. Another project aims to provide new insights on how pastoralist land tenure can be designed to enable effective adaptation strategies. The third grant is a scholarship that enables continuous research for PhD Mattias Vesterberg.

Escaping the pastoralist paradox in the face of climate change: A comparative analysis of different tenure systems and their implications for climate vulnerability in semi-arid Sub-Saharan African

Pastoralists across East Africa are challenged by loss of land, political conflicts, population increase, economic inequality, and climate change. A transition from pastoralism to agro-pastoralism has been observed in semiarid areas in response to these challenges. The hypothesis for this project is that the resilience of this transition rests on the capacity to provide secure, but still flexible, access to land, the so-called paradox of pastoralist land tenure.

Wallander scholarship

The money is an opportunity to continue to research and also to spend some of this time at another university for PhD Mattias Vesterberg. Hopefully will this money make it possible for academic advancements towards an associate professorship.

The right question: New ways to elicit quantitative information in surveys

The objective of the project is to develop and empirically test relevant theory supporting the use of self-selected
intervals, in a joint effort between economics, psychophysics and statistics. The hypotheses are that the intervals reduce a number of well-known biases, provide a useful picture of response uncertainty and increase response rates. Lab experiments (GEL and classroom) and field surveys (national and international) will be the methods of the project. Expected outcomes are a better understanding of the merits of using intervals in survey research. Development of underlying theory. Tools for practical use (user-friendly software). A strengthening of co-operation between economics, psychophysics and statistics.


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