Embattled Drylands: Tales of Human and Environmental Resilience

Activity: Talk or presentation typesFestival, exhibition, performance


Contemporary wars are concentrated in dryland environments, yet little is known about their long-term environmental and social impacts. Every disturbance made by a tank or shell disrupts a delicate balance of life in ways that can last for not just decades, but generations.

The WIDER-SOMA project at the Universities of Bristol and King's College, London, with partners at the Royal United Services Institute and the Peace Institute Oslo, have been investigating the impacts of war on Somali environments, through soil DNA analysis, remote sensing, GIS mapping, and community consultation.

Research from the project is displayed alongside the work of award-winning photojournalist Susan Schulman, who has worked extensively in conflict zones. Adding to the conversation are contributions from the Bristol Somali Community, who worked with the project to extend our understandings of the human impacts of war, in addition to our work on dryland environments. Add your voice to our conversation about impacts of war on fragile ecosystems, and building community resilience.
Period9 Nov 201722 Nov 2017
Held atCoexist Gallery, Hamilton House, Bristol, United Kingdom


  • photography, Somalia, drylands, drought, conflict, environment