Girum Getachew Alemu holds a PhD in Social Geography from Bayreuth University (2010-2014) and worked extensively on rural development topics related to both pastoralists and farming communities. He has been with TMG since January 2018, as a Research Associate responsible for leading the Ethiopian package of accompanying research on Soil Protection and Rehabilitation for Food Security Project. He held the same position at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies- IASS Potsdam from November 2015 to December 2017. Prior to joining TMG, he worked for the GIZ-Ethiopia program on Strengthening Drought Resilience of the Pastoral and Agro-pastoral Population in the Lowlands of Ethiopia and facilitated the Participatory Land Use Planning (PLUP) initiative in Afar. Dr Girum is interested in three broader but interrelated research topics: Natural resource governance, development policy and livelihood security. Girum has also worked as a Researcher at the University of Bonn, department of Development Geography.