Café Scientifique: The Sedentarization of the Tibetan Nomads: Environmental Protection or Cultural Eradication?

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Jampel Dell’Angelo, Postdoctoral Fellow, SESYNC
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Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 18:30


49 West Coffeehouse, Wine Bar and Gallery
49 West Street
Annapolis, Maryland

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) organizes the Annapolis Café Scientifique—a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology.

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Please note: seating is limited.

Reservations are strongly suggested and sometimes required depending on attendance. Please call (410) 626-9796 to guarantee your seat or, just as importantly, to cancel your reservation so someone on the waitlist may attend.


Since 2002 the Chinese government has implemented policies of resettlement and sedentarization of the Tibetan pastoralist in Qinghai. The rational for these policies is that the Tibetan pastoralists, overgrazing the watersheds of the three main rivers of China, represent a threat to the hydrological health of the country that needs to be addressed. In my research I have looked at the effects of the resettlement policies on the Tibetan nomads and questioned the environmental rationale of the project.


At SESYNC, Jampel conducts research on the institutional drivers and governance conditions of virtual freshwater appropriation associated with global land grabbing and water grabbing. Prior to joining SESYNC, Jampel was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University. At the Ostrom Workshop, he coordinated the social science team on the Kenyan site of an inter-university, interdisciplinary research project on water governance and adaptation to climate change in rural Kenya and United States. He received his dual PhD in December 2013 in Environmental Science and Technology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and in International Cooperation and Sustainable Development from Sapienza University of Rome. He holds a MS in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and in Energy and Environmental Management from Sapienza University of Rome. Jampel earned his BS in environmental economics from The University of Siena in Tuscany. Jampel has a passion for video making and, when possible, complements his research in the field with documentary production.

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