A participatory action research programme

Shared Lands is a participatory action research programme led by the Indigenous Movement for Peace Advancement and Conflict Transformation (IMPACT) in Nanyuki, Kenya, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Manchester, the University of Birmingham, and United States International University Africa.

Environmental change and large-scale land and resource investment are radically transforming landscapes across northern Kenya. Our work focuses on the counties of Isiolo, Laikipia, Marsabit, and Samburu.

Shared Lands research aims to advance understanding of how our relationships with each other and other species are changing due to landscape change. Shared Lands also supports grassroots organisations promoting coexistence in response to landscape change.

Research Objectives

To support our aims, Shared Lands is
guided by the following overarching objectives.

To understand…
how landscape change affects peace and conflict between people

To investigate…
how landscape change affects human-nonhuman relationships and larger ecosystems

To support…
grassroots responses to landscape change promoting peaceful coexistence

Since 2016, the activities of Shared Lands have been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust, and the United States Institute for Peace, among other research funding bodies.

These activities have involved collaborations with research institutes and grassroots civil society organisations, including PARAN Alliance, Jumuiko la Maliasili/Tanzania Natural Resource Forum, and Aga Khan University Kenya, among others.