Postdoctoral researcher

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Hanna Sinare’s research focuses on the multifunctionality of landscapes dominated by smallholder agriculture, and on what can attract new generations to produce food sustainably in these landscapes

Profile summary

  • Smallholder agriculture
  • Agroforestry
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Participatory methods
  • Youth
  • Sahel
  • Burkina Faso

Hanna Sinare is a postdoctoral researcher interested in human-environment interactions in smallholder agricultural landscapes. Her geographic focus is West Africa, particularly Burkina Faso.

In her current project she focuses on one of the key actors for future sustainable food production in the region – future farmers. Through interviews, surveys, policy analysis and scenario planning she will study what young people in Burkina Faso perceives as opportunities and constraints for agriculture as a livelihood, how their perspectives fit with policies for agriculture and youth, and how food production can be sustainable in a region with multiple changes including climate, infrastructure, population and lifestyles. The study is funded through a FORMAS mobility grant and Hanna is based at the Institute for Development Studies, University of Sussex the autumn 2018, and at Institut des Sciences des Sociétés in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso the full year of 2019.

Hanna previously worked with synthesis of research on social-ecological systems, ecosystem services and development in the West African Sahel region within the GRAID programme at SRC. Hanna holds a PhD in Natural Resources Management from SRC (2016). In her thesis, Benefits from ecosystem services in Sahelian village landscapes, she combined participatory methods and remote sensing to include local knowledge in ecosystem services assessment at the village scale to the provincial scale, and to assess the change in generation of ecosystem services over time since the 1950s. As a part of her PhD thesis work she conducted fieldwork in rural Burkina Faso for a total of six months 2011, 2012, and 2016.

Hanna further holds a MSc degree in Soil and Water Management (2009) and a BSc degree in Biology (2008) from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. The fieldwork for her MSc thesis on treatment of wastewater from small scale textile dyeing was conducted as a Minor Field Study in Bamako, Mali.

Hanna is a member of Focali (Forest, Climate & Livelihoods research network) and a member of the Agroforestry Network.

Hanna has been teaching on ecosystem services, drylands and water in courses at Stockholm Resilience Centre (Master’s programme and Urban Social-ecological systems) Department of Physical Geography (Ecosystem Service Management) and Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences (Management of Aquatic Resources in the Tropics), Stockholm University.

Awards and achievements:
• FORMAS mobility grant 2017

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