School of Earth and Environment

Vincent Basupi Vincent Basupi

Postgraduate Researcher

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Room: 9.157n

Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute


I am a PhD candidate in the Sustainability Research Institute, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, UK. I hold an MSc in Environmental Science from the University of Botswana. Prior to my PhD, I worked as a Land Use Officer in Botswana’s Ministry of Land and Housing; Department of Lands and later in the Department of Town and Reginal Planning for 5 years.

Project title: Pastoralism and land tenure transformation: Policy implications and livelihood adaptation in Botswana.

Supervisors: Dr Claire Quinn and Professor Andy Dougill

Start date: 1 July 2014


MSc Environmental Science

Research Interests

My research interest focuses on governance of environmental resources in drylands; institutions for management of resources held and used communally, in particular, land and water. This also include the use of geospatial technologies such as GIS to monitor and anlyse impacts of policies in communal areas. I am also interested in issues affecting development and natural resources access by minority communities and their adaptations to environmental, climate and policy changes.


Botswana International University of Science and Technology and Government of Botswana

Project outline

My PhD research involves investigating land tenure transformation policies, rangeland subdivisions and associated impacts on pastoral systems in Botswana’s semi-arid fringes of the Okavango Delta. The research combines qualitative participatory methods with quantitative spatial analysis using a Participatory Geographic Information System (PGIS) to investigate the local dynamics of land use, dryland pastoralism, and resource access and pastoralists adaptation strategies to both policy and environmental change.


Basupi LV; Quinn CH; Dougill AJ (2017) Using Participatory Mapping and a Participatory Geographic Information System in Pastoral Land Use Investigation: Impacts of Rangeland Policy in Botswana, Land Use Policy, 64, pp.363-373. doi: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2017.03.007

Basupi LV; Quinn CH; Dougill AJ (2017) Historical perspectives on pastoralism and land tenure transformation in Ngamiland, Botswana: What are the policy and institutional lessons?, Pastoralism, 7, . doi: 10.1186/s13570-017-0093-1

Basupi LV; Quinn CH; Dougill AJ (2017) Pastoralism and Land Tenure Transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa: Conflicting Policies and Priorities in Ngamiland, Botswana, Land, 6, . doi: 10.3390/land6040089