Claire Bedelian

Overseas Development Institute

Claire is a consultant for the Pathways to Resilience in Semi-Arid Economies (PRISE) research project.  She leads Research Area 5 on ‘Property rights, investments and economic development in the context of climate change in semi-arid lands’ and is also involved in Research Area 3 on ‘Harnessing opportunities for climate-resilient economic development in semi-arid lands: adaptation options in key sectors’.  Her research looks at how climate risk and land tenure influence climate change adaptation and investment options in the livestock sector in Kenya’s semi-arid lands.


Claire has a PhD in Anthropology from University College London, which explored the contribution of wildlife conservancies to pastoral livelihoods in the southern rangelands of Kenya.  Her research interests include East African pastoral systems, climate change adaptation, rangeland governance, and conservation and human wellbeing.