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. Sinare is based at Institut des Sciences des Sociétés in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso for all of 2019, and was a visiting fellow in the Rural Futures cluster at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex during the autumn of 2018.
Sinare 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. Sinare 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 from the village to 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 in 2011, 2012 and 2016.
Sinare also holds a MSc degree in Soil and Water Management (2009) and a BSc degree in Biology (2008) from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Her MSc thesis fieldwork looked at treatment of wastewater from small scale textile dyeing, and was conducted through a Minor Field Study scholarship from the Swedish International Development Corporation Agency in Bamako, Mali.
Sinare 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 | 2019-05-17
Why regreening the Sahel is more than just creating a wall of trees and why one initiative may actually succeed
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
2019 - Journal / article
Over the past 50 years, a large number of development initiatives have addressed the diverse social and ecological challenges in the Sahel, often focusing on a single entry point or action, resulting in only a limited degree of success. Within the last decade, the international development discourse has evolved to incorporate resilience thinking as a way to address more complex challenges. However, concrete examples as to how ...
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 ...