PhD Thesis by REAL ESR Eric Kioko Published Online
How do formerly violent conflicts develop into peaceful relations? How does competition turn into cooperation, facilitating changing land use?
In his recently published PhD thesis REAL researcher Eric Kioko investigates these questions for the Maasai/Kikuyu agro-pastoral borderlands of Maiella and Enoosupukia in Kenya’s Rift Valley. Despite a long history of ethnicised violence, intercommunity relations in the area are surprisingly peaceful today and the cooperative use of natural resources is common.
On the basis of anthropological fieldwork he conducted in the region, Eric explores the value of cross-cutting ties and institutions for peaceful relationships and non-violent resolution of conflicts across the previously violently contested borderlands in order to understand how conflict has turned into cooperation.
You can find his published dissertation here.