Sustainability Science Program

Esther Mwangi

Esther Mwangi

Period at SSP: Fall 2007-Spring 2009
Appointment title at SSP: Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Fellow in Sustainability Science
Research project title at SSP: Mitigating the tragedy of a spatially fragmented 'anti-commons': Institutions, livelihoods and the environment under changing property regimes in semi-arid in East Africa
Faculty host at SSP: William Clark, Pauline Peters, and Calestous Juma
Final SSP progress report on file: Progress report
Documents produced drawing on fellowship research: Documents
Most recent institutional appointment on file: Center for International Forestry Research, Indonesia
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Most recent CV on file: CV
This entry last updated on: January 18, 2012


Mwangi, Esther, Helen Markelova, and Ruth Meinzen-Dick, eds. 2012. Collective Action and Property Rights for Poverty Reduction Insights from Africa and Asia. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Mwangi, Esther, Yan Sun, and Ruth Meinzen-Dick. 2011. Gender and sustainable forest management in East Africa and Latin America. Ecology and Society 16 (1): 17. [online] URL:

Sun, Yan, Mwangi, E. and Ruth Meinzen-Dick. 2011. Is gender an important factor influencing user groups’ property rights and forestry governance? Empirical analysis from East Africa and Latin America. International Forestry Review 13(2): 245-258.

Mwangi, Esther. 2010. Bumbling bureaucrats, sluggish courts and forum-shopping elites: Unending conflict and competition in the transition to private property. The European Journal of Development Research 22:715-732.

Johnson, N., J. Garcia, J.E. Rubiano, M. Quintero, R.D. Estrada, E. Mwangi, A. Morena, A. Peralta, and S. Granados. 2009. Water and poverty in two Colombian watersheds. Water Alternatives 2(1): 34-52

Meinzen-Dick, Ruth and Esther Mwangi. 2009. The pitfalls of formalization: Cutting the web of interests. Land Use Policy. 26(1): 36-43.

Mwangi, Esther. 2009. Property rights and governance of Africa’s rangelands: A policy overview. Natural Resources Forum 33(2):160-170.

Mwangi, Esther and Helen Markelova. 2009. Collective action and property rights for poverty reduction: A review of methods and approaches. Development Policy Review 27 (3): 307-331

Mwangi, Esther, Ruth Meinzen-Dick and Yan Sun. 2009. Does Gender Influence Forest Management? Exploring Cases from East Africa and Latin America. CID Working Paper No. 40, Center for International Development, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University.

Mwangi, Esther and Elinor Ostrom. 2009. A century of institutions and ecology in East Africa’s Rangelands: Linking institutional robustness with the ecological resilience of Kenya’s Maasailand, in Institutions and Sustainability: Political Economy of Agriculture and the Environment – Essays in Honour of Konrad Hegedorn. Volker Bechmann and Martina Padmanabhan (eds.). Dordrecht, NL:  Springer, 195-222.

Mwangi, Esther and Elinor Ostrom. 2009. Top-down solutions: Looking up from East Africa's rangelands. Environment 51(1):34-44.

Fuys, Andrew, Stephan Dohrn, and Esther Mwangi. 2008. Securing Common Property Regimes in a Globalizing World: Synthesis of 41 Case Studies on Common Property Regimes from Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America. ILC Knowledge for Change Series. Rome: International Land Coalition and International Fund for Agricultural Development.

Mwangi, Esther and Stephan Dohrn. 2008. Securing access to drylands resources for multiple users in Africa: A review of recent research. Land Use Policy 25(2): 240-248.

Mwangi, Esther and Helen Markelova. 2008. Collective action and property rights for poverty reduction: A review of methods and approaches. CAPRi Working Paper 82. Washington, DC: IFPRI.

Mwangi, Esther and Brent Swallow. 2008. Prosopis juliflora Invasion and Rural Livelihoods in the Lake Baringo Area of Kenya. Conservation and Society 6(2): 130–140.

Gyasi, Kadir Osman, Estebancio Castro Diaz, María Elena Martínez-Torres, Peter M. Rosset, Dr. Charles Palmer, Komen Kibii, Dr. Michelle Mycoo, Dr. Talia Vela de Eiden, Esther Mwangi, Lya Mainé Astonitas. 2007. Viewpoint on the importance of land tenure for achieving sustainable development goals. Natural Resources Forum 31 (3): 238-240.

Mwangi, Esther. 2007. The puzzle of group ranch subdivision in Kenya's Maasailand. Development and Change 38(5): 889-910.

Mwangi, Esther. 2007. Socioeconomic Change and Land Use in Africa: The Transformation of Property Rights in Maasailand. NY: Palgrave Macmillan.