New publication on the latest desert locust crisis in Kenya

The latest output from our research into the desert locust crisis and response has now been published by Political Geography can be accessed for free by anyone here.

Drawing from our findings, the article shows how growing reliance on novel earth observation technologies are reconfiguring power relations in disaster management. In the case of northern Kenya, we argue that growing reliance on drones, satellites, and automated technologies has further alienated pastoralists from disaster planning and responses. We explain this as a spatial shift towards vertical, planetary space, which is giving rise to a new type of disaster authority in Kenya with the power to make decisions over who should be killed and left to die in disaster responses.