Herders as agents of change

Addison, Jane, Lkhagvadorj, Enkh-Orchlon, Dorjburegdaa, Lkhagvadorj, Bao, Zhang, and Ping, Li (2020) Herders as agents of change. In: Brown, Colin G., (ed.) Common Grasslands in Asia: a comparative analysis of Chinese and Mongolian grasslands. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, Cheltenham, Glos, UK, pp. 120-145.

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[Extract] In both Inner Mongolia and Mongolia, the decisions and behaviours that a herder household makes drive grassland and livelihood change. Thus herders are significant agents of socio-ecological change on the steppe. A variety of interacting social, economic and environmental pressures at a number of different levels and scales influence the decisions and behaviours of individual herders. For example, decisions and behaviours are influenced by mental models affected by factors such as social norms, perceived behavioural constraints and attitudes. In turn structural factors such as institutions and financial capital affect perceived behavioural constraints. Herders navigate these complex and sometimes conflicting influences in pursuit of a meaningful livelihood which can vary through time, space and between individuals. Understanding these influences allows policy makers to better incentivise or influence herders as agents of change.

Item ID: 62434
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-78897-405-9
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Copyright Information: © Colin G. Brown 2020
Projects and Grants: 2210.95257.2338
Date Deposited: 06 May 2020 03:07
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160499 Human Geography not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960705 Rural Land Policy @ 100%
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