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 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
Research news | 2018-03-08
New method to map livelihood benefits of ecosystem services for guiding future land use decisions in the Sahel
Research news | 2018-01-24
Former and current PhD students from SRC propose a new framework to help early-career sustainability scholars to become “undisciplinary”
Research news | 2016-11-10
New method based on social-ecologically defined patches assess ecosystem services’ role for livelihoods in poor rural areas
2018 - Journal / article
Most current approaches to landscape scale ecosystem service assessments rely on detailed secondary data. This type of data is seldom available in regions with high levels of poverty and strong local dependence on provisioning ecosystem services for livelihoods. We develop a method to extrapolate results from a previously published village scale ecosystem services assessment to a higher administrative level, relevant for land ...
2017 - Journal / article
The establishment of interdisciplinary Master’s and PhD programmes in sustainability science is opening up an exciting arena filled with opportunities for early-career scholars to address pressing sustainability challenges. However, embarking upon an interdisciplinary endeavor as an early-career scholar poses a unique set of challenges: to develop an individual scientific identity and a strong and specific methodological skill...
2016 - Journal / article
Most methods to assess ecosystem services have been developed on large scales and depend on secondary data. Such data is scarce in rural areas with widespread poverty. Nevertheless, the population in these areas strongly depends on local ecosystem services for their livelihoods. These regions are in focus for substantial landscape investments that aim to alleviate poverty, but current methods fail to capture the vast range of ...
2015 - Journal / article
Investment in woody vegetation to counter land degradation and improve livelihoods is increasing, primarily revitalized by efforts to enhance carbon sequestration and climate change adaptation. Sudano-Sahelian West Africa is in focus for several interventions to increase woody vegetation for improved livelihoods. However, the knowledge on how woody vegetation maintains landscape productivity and contributes to livelihoods is w...