The Senior Assistant Registrar



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Name: Mary Omosa

Position: Associate Research Professor

Telephone: (254-20) 247968/312430

Fax: (254-20) 222036

E-Mail: momosa@uonbi.ac.ke

Address: Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi, P.O. Box 30197 Nairobi
Academic Qualifications: B.A.; M.A. (Nairobi); PhD (Wageningen)

Specialisation: Development Studies (Rural Livelihoods)

Current Position: Associate Research Professor (Development Studies)

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Seminar & Conference Papers

Research & Consultancy Reports

Research Projects and Programmes

Post-Graduate Student Supervision

Extra Responsibilities


PUBLICATIONS
Journal Articles

  1. Omosa, M. & A. Oyuke (Forthcoming) HIV/AIDS and Rural Livelihoods in Kenya. Hekima: Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences.




  1. Omosa, M. (2007) The Future of Cultivation as a Source of Food: The Ideology Underlying Every Day Choices. Maarifa: A Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences. Volume 2 No. 1.




  1. Omosa, M. (2007) Incorporation into the Market Economy and Food Security among the Gusii: Paradise Lost or Paradise Gained. African Journal of Sociology. Volume VI, No. 1.




  1. Omosa, M. (2006) Towards Food Security in Africa: Theories, Images and Realities. The East African Journal of Development Studies. Volume 1, No. 1. pp. 43-61




  1. Suda C.; M. Omosa & P. Onyango (1999) Socio-Cultural Factors Influencing Development in Nyanza Province. Kenya Journal of Social Sciences Series C: Vol.5 No.1. The Kenya National Academy of Sciences, pp.66-75




  1. Omosa, M. (1993) Rural-Rural Development Disparities in Kenya. Wajibu Vol.8. No.3




  1. Omosa, M. (1992) The Future of Food in Africa: A Historical Analysis of the Food Situation in Kenya. World Resources Review Vol.4. No.2. Pp.175-187




  1. Omosa, M. (1992) Sustainable Management of Trees and Tree Resources: The Significance of Practices and Technologies. World Resources Review Vol.4. No. 4. Pp.480-490



Discussion Papers

  1. Omosa, M. (2006) Food Security Trends: A Situational Analysis of Food Supply Differentials in Rural Kenya. Discussion Paper No. 300. Nairobi: Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi.




  1. Place, F.; M. Adato, P. Hebinck & M. Omosa (2005) The Impact of Agro-Forestry-Based Soil Fertility Replenishment Practices on the poor in Western Kenya. Research Report No. 142. Washington DC: International Food Policy Research Institute.




  1. Place, F.; M. Adato; P. Hebinck & M. Omosa (2003) The Impact of Agro-forestry-Based Soil Fertility Replenishment Practices on the Poor in Western Kenya. Food Consumption and Nutrition Division. IFPRI Discussion Paper No. 160. Washington, D.C.: International Food Policy Research Institute




  1. Omosa, M. (2002) Export Horticulture and Livelihood Strategies: A Focus on the Opportunities and Constraints Facing Smallholder Farmers in Kenya. Norwich: The Overseas Development Group and Sussex: Institute for Development Studies




  1. Omosa, M. (1998) Population Growth, Land Use and Food Self-Sufficiency in Kenya: A Comparative Analysis of Small and Medium-Large Scale Land Holdings in Kisii and Nyamira Districts. Dakar: Union for African Population Studies (UAPS). Paper No. 31


Books and Edited Volumes

  1. McCormick; D.; P. Alila & M. Omosa (2007) [Eds] African Business Systems in Kenya: Institutions and Interactions. Nairobi: University of Nairobi Press




  1. Wanyande, P.; M. Omosa & L. Chweya (2007) [Eds] Governance and Transition Politics in Kenya. Nairobi: University of Nairobi Press.




  1. Omosa, M.; G.R.N. Njeru; E. Ontita & O. Nyarwath (2006) The Theory and Practice of Governance in Kenya: Towards Civic Engagement. Nairobi: University of Nairobi Press.




  1. Omosa, M. (1990) Ngina Baiseke. Translations of Mother of Girls and Other Stories to Ekegusii. Nairobi: Kenya Women Literature Group.


Book Chapters

  1. Place, F.; M. Adato; P. Hebinck & M. Omosa (2007) Agro-forestry-Based Soil Fertility Replenishment Practices and Poverty in Western Kenya. In: M. Adato & R. Meinzen-Dick [Eds.] Agricultural Research and Poverty: Economic and Social Impacts in Six Countries. New York: Johns Hopkins University Press.




  1. Omosa, M. (2007) The Smallholder Tea Industry in Kenya: Networks, Markets and Livelihoods. In: D. McCormick, P. Alila & M. Omosa [Eds] African Business Systems in Kenya: Institutions and Interactions. Nairobi: University of Nairobi Press




  1. Omosa, M. & J. Onjala (2007) Kenya’s Socio-Economic Environment: An Overview. In: D. McCormick, P. Alila & M. Omosa [Eds] African Business Systems in Kenya: Institutions and Interactions. Nairobi: University of Nairobi Press




  1. Alila, P.; D. McCormick & M. Omosa (2007) Business in Kenya: Institutions, Interactions and Strategies. In: D. McCormick, P. Alila & M. Omosa [Eds] African Business Systems in Kenya: Institutions and Interactions. Nairobi: University of Nairobi Press




  1. McCormick, M. Omosa & P. Alila (2007) Introduction. In: D. McCormick, P. Alila & M. Omosa [Eds] African Business Systems in Kenya: Institutions and Interactions. Nairobi: University of Nairobi Press




  1. Katumanga, M. & M. Omosa (2007) Leadership and Governance in Kenya. In: P. Wanyande; M. Omosa & L. Chweya [Eds] Governance and Transition Politics in Kenya. Nairobi: University of Nairobi Press.




  1. Wanyande, P.; M. Omosa & L. Chweya (2007) Governance Issues in Kenya: An Overview. In: Wanyande, P.; M. Omosa & L. Chweya [Eds] Governance and Transition Politics in Kenya. Nairobi: University of Nairobi Press.




  1. Omosa, M. (2004) Researching Poverty in Rural Kenya: A Sustainable Livelihoods Framework Approach to Measuring the Impact of Agricultural Technologies on Poverty. In: KIPPRA [eds] Proceedings of the workshop on Qualitative and Quantitative Techniques to Poverty Analysis. Nairobi: KIPPRA.




  1. Omosa, M. (2000) Reaching Out to Stakeholders: The Impact of Agricultural Reforms on Poverty Alleviation in rural Kenya. In: K.K. Prah & A.G.M. Ahmed [eds] Africa in Transformation: Political and Economic Issues. Addis Ababa: OSSREA. Pp. 139-144




  1. Alila, P.O. & M. Omosa (1999) Rural Development Policies in Kenya. In: N. Ng’ethe & W. Owino [Eds] From Sessional Paper No. 10 to Structural Adjustment: Towards Indigenising the Policy Debate. Nairobi: Institute of Policy Analysis & Research. pp.93-115




  1. Omosa, M. (1998) Sustainability of Forests in Kenya: Emerging Issues. In: A.G.M. Ahmed & W. Mlay [eds] Environment and Sustainable Development in Eastern and Southern Africa. Some Critical Issues. London & New York: Macmillan Press and St. Martin’s Press. Pp.161-175




  1. Omosa, M. (1995) Persistent Cultural Practices: A review of the Status of Women in Kenya. In: Association of African Women for Research and Development [eds] From Strategies to Action: A Research Perspective. Nairobi: AAWORD. Pp.61-85




  1. Omosa, M. (1995) Women, Environment and Sustainable Development: An Environmental Policy Analysis. In: Association of African Women for Research and Development [eds] From Strategies to Action: A Research Perspective. Nairobi: AAWORD. Pp.137-150




  1. Omosa, M. (1992) Women and Sustainable Management of Domestic Fuel Energy. In: S.A. Khasiani [ed] Groundwork: African Women as Environmental Managers. Nairobi: ACTS Press. Pp. 41-54




  1. Omosa, M. (1991) People’s Perception of Tree Planting: The Case of Bura Irrigation Settlement Scheme. In: P.O. Chitere & R. Mutiso [eds] Working with Members of Rural Communities: A Participatory Action Research in Kenya. Nairobi: University of Nairobi Press. Pp. 103-108




  1. Omosa, M. (1986) The Great Drought. In: K. Adagala & W. Kabira [eds] Kenya Oral Narratives: A Selection. Nairobi: Heinemann. Pp. 85-86




  1. Omosa, M. (1993) Forward to the Book Democratic Change in Africa: Women’s Perspective. Nairobi: ACTS Press. 147pgs


Working Papers

  1. Omosa, M. (2005) The Soko Huru Trade: Network Building, Informal Contracts and compliance Failure in the Marketing of Green Leaf in Rural Kenya. IDS Working Paper No. 540. Nairobi: Institute for Development Studies




  1. Omosa, M. (2003) Assessment of the Impact of Agro-Forestry Based Soil Fertility Replenishment Interventions on the Poor in Western Kenya. In: IPGRI [eds] Agriculture and Development Strand Workshop Proceedings [http://www.cgiar.org/ipgri/pubs/2003]




  1. Omosa, M. (2003) The Interplay Between Commodity Markets and Rural Livelihoods. A Focus on the Tea Industry in Rural Kenya. IDS Working Paper No. 538. Nairobi: Institute for Development Studies




  1. Omosa, M. (1997) Current and Potential Demand for Fresh and Processed Sweet Potato Products in Nairobi and Kisumu, Kenya. CIP Working Paper No. 1997-1. Lima: International Potato Centre




  1. Omosa, M. (1996) Rural Household Food Security. IDS Working Paper No. 510. Nairobi: Institute for Development Studies


Policy Briefs

  1. Omosa, M. (2007) Research Utility and National Development Goals: The Interplay between Poverty Alleviation Strategies and Social Science Research in Kenya. R4 Policy Brief. UNESCO, Paris.




  1. Omosa, M. (2005) The Search for Food Security: Images and Realities of Rural Kenya. IDS Policy Brief Issue 4 No. 1. Nairobi: Institute for Development Studies




  1. Omosa, M. (2004) The Smallholder Tea Industry in Rural Kenya: Policies, Market Forces and Rural Livelihoods. IDS Policy Brief Issue 3 No. 3. Nairobi: Institute for Development Studies




  1. Ng’ethe, N. & M. Omosa (2003) Research Teaser: Mainstreaming Chronic Poverty. IDS Policy Brief Issue No. 2. Nairobi: Institute for Development Studies



SEMINAR AND CONFERENCE PAPERS


  1. Omosa, M. (2007) Chronic Poverty in Kenya: Drivers and Maintainers. Paper presented at the Department of Rural Development Sociology, Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands.




  1. Omosa, M. (2006) Research Utility and National Development Goals: The Interplay between Poverty Alleviation Strategies and Social Science Research in Kenya. Paper presented at the UNESCO Colloquium on Research and Higher Education Policy: Universities as Centres of Research and Knowledge Creation. UNESCO Headquarters, Paris.




  1. Omosa, M. & T. Nyangau (2006) Democracy as a Way of Life: The Role of Core Values. MS-Training and Development Cooperation Centre, Arusha. Tanzania. August.




  1. Omosa, M. (2006) Food Security, Livelihoods and Sustainable Development in South Sudan after the CPA: Actors, Networks and Safety Nets. Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.




  1. Omosa, M. (2006) Drought and Food Security in Kenya: The Role of Research in Mitigating the Impact of Drought. Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development. Egerton University and Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA).




  1. Omosa, M. & M. Omondi (2005) Social and Human Sciences Sector Activities: An Overview. The Kenya National Commission for UNESCO Staff, Commissioners, Partners and Key Stakeholders. Mombasa, Kenya. April 19th – 24th.




  1. Omosa, M. (2005) Governance and Rural Livelihoods in Kenya: A Focus on Stakeholder Mobilisation for Participation. Delling University, Sudan




  1. Omosa, M. (2005) Bridging the Digital Divide: Towards Universal Access to Communication Services in Rural Kenya. Silver Springs Hotel, Nairobi




  1. Omosa, M. (2004) Impact of Codes of Practice on the Cut Flower Industry in Kenya: Research Methodology. Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa




  1. Omosa, M. (2003) Soil Fertility and Poverty: Its Identification and Implications for Agricultural Development in Rural Kenya. University of Manchester, UK




  1. Omosa, M. (2002) Export Horticulture and Livelihood Strategies: A Focus on the Opportunities and Constraints Facing Smallholder Farmers in Kenya. A paper presented at the Globalisation, Production and Poverty Workshop, Nairobi, Kenya




  1. Omosa, M. (2002) The Soko Huru Trade: A Socio-Economic Analysis of the Tea Commodity Chain. A paper presented at the Regional Workshop on Business Systems in Africa. Nairobi, Kenya




  1. Omosa, M. (2002) Assessment of the Impact of Agro-Forestry based Soil Fertility Replenishment Interventions on the Poor in Western Kenya. A paper presented at the African Evaluation Association Conference: Agriculture and Development Strand. United Nations, Gigiri




  1. Omosa, M. (2001) The Interplay between Commodity Chains and Rural Livelihoods. A Focus on the Tea Industry in Kenya. A Paper presented at the IDS Workshop on Business Systems in Kenya. Garden Hotel, Machakos




  1. Omosa, M. (2000) Commodity Chains and Rural Livelihoods: A Focus on the Tea Industry in Kenya. A Paper Presented at the CRD Workshop on Business Systems. KBC Training School, Nairobi




  1. Omosa, M. (2000) The Linkage between Tea Factories and Farm Households. A paper presented at the IDS/CDR research project seminar. Nairobi, Kenya




  1. Omosa, M. (1999) Agro-Processing and Food Supply in Kenya. A paper presented at the CDR/IDS research project seminar. Nairobi, Kenya




  1. Omosa, M. (1999) In Search of Food Security. Beyond the market. Paper presented to the Association of African Women for Research and Development Conference. Dakar, Senegal




  1. Omosa, M. (1996) Energy and Environmental Policies in Kenya. Paper presented at the IPAR workshop on Sessional Paper No.10 to Structural Adjustment. Naivasha, Kenya




  1. Omosa, M. (1994) The Situation of Women in Kenya: Issues, Conditions and Adopted Change Strategies. International Seminar on Women Working for Change. London, United Kingdom




  1. Omosa, M. (1994) Socio-Economic Research on the Choice of Sweet Potato Products by Consumers in Kenya. The 2nd KARI/CIP Technical Workshop. Nairobi, Kenya




  1. Omosa, M. (1993) The Sociology of Drought and Desertification. International Conference on Global Change and Social Transformation. Centre for Science Development, Human Sciences Research Council. Pretoria, South Africa




  1. Omosa, M. (1993) Issues and Problems in the use of Information Systems and Information Technology in the Design and Management of Sustainable Poverty Alleviation Projects: The Case of Agriculture and Rural Development in Kenya. A paper presented at the 21st International Course on Regional Development. Nagoya, Japan




  1. Omosa, M. (1993) Capacity Building in Project Management: Participatory Methods in Project Management. Extension and Training Consultants. ETC, Leusden, The Netherlands




  1. Omosa, M. (1988) Culture and Regulated Utilisation of Wood Energy. Kenya’s State of the Environment Conference. Kenya Energy and Environment Organisation and the National environment Secretariat. Gigiri, Nairobi



RESEARCH AND CONSULTANCY REPORTS


  1. Omosa, M. (2005) Access to and utilisation of Information Communication Technology within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Report submitted to the College Academic Board, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Nairobi




  1. Omosa, M. (2005) Community Mobilisation for Participation in Water Use and Management. Submitted to the Technical University Delft Research Group




  1. Omosa, M.; M. Kimani & R. Njiru (2005) Social Codes of Practice in the Cut Flower Industry. Submitted to the Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich Research Group




  1. Omosa, M.; A. Oyuke; & R. Njiru (2004) Training Manual – Child Growth and Development. Submitted to the Universities in Solidarity with Disadvantages Groups (UNISOL) Research Program




  1. Omosa, M. & D. McCormick (2004) Universal Access to Communication Services in Rural Kenya: A Baseline Survey. Submitted to the Communications Commission of Kenya and the International Development Research Centre.




  1. Omosa, M. & D. McCormick (2004) Universal Access to Communication Services in Rural Kenya: A Geo-Socio-Economics Study Report. Submitted to the Communications Commission of Kenya and the International Development Research Centre




  1. D. McCormick & M. Omosa (2004) Universal Access to Communication Services in Rural Kenya: Research Methodology and Design. Submitted to the Communications Commission of Kenya and the International Development Research Centre




  1. Omosa, M. (2003) Ethnicity and Pro-Poor Change in Kenya. A Research Paper submitted to the Drivers of Change Research Group. DFID, Kenya




  1. Omosa, M. (2003) Universal Justice for Children at Risk: An evaluation of the programme and activities of the Children’s Legal Action Network. Submitted to CLAN




  1. Omiti, J & M. Omosa (2002) A Synthesis of Existing Information on the Impact of HIV/AIDS on Rural Livelihoods in Kenya. Submitted to Futures Group, UK; Department for International Development and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Government of Kenya




  1. Omosa, M. (2002) Youth Sexuality and Reproductive Health in Lugari District. Submitted to the Kenya Youth Initiatives Programme, Family Planning Association of Kenya




  1. Omosa, M. (2002) Child Rights and Child Protection in Kenya. A Mid-Term Evaluation report. Submitted to the African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect. ANPPCAN Regional Office




  1. Omosa, M. (2001) Life in Kenya. In: Strategy and Tactics [eds] Kenya: State of the Nation. Report submitted to the National Civic Engagement Programme. Nairobi: PriceWaterHouse Coopers. Chapter 4




  1. Omosa, M. (2000) Poverty and the Kenyan Family: A Rapid Assessment of the Situation of the Family in Nairobi. Submitted to the Association of African Women for Research and Development




  1. Omosa, M. (1998) Re-Conceptualising Food Security: Interlocking Strategies, Unfolding Choices and Rural Livelihoods in Kisii District, Kenya. Department of Rural Development Sociology, Wageningen Agricultural University. PhD Thesis. 273pgs




  1. Walubengo, D. & M. Omosa (1995) Pre-Evaluation Impact Study: Rural Stoves West Kenya Project. Submitted to ITDG Kenya




  1. Omosa, M. (1994) Child Labour in Kenya: An Annotated Bibliography. Submitted to the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour, Ministry of Labour and Human Resource Development, Government of Kenya




  1. Omosa, M. (1993) Forward to the Book: Democratic Change in Africa - Women’s Perspective. Nairobi: ACTS Press. 147 pages




  1. Walubengo, D.; A. Onyango & M. Omosa (1992) An Evaluation Report on the Tanzania Traditional Energy Development Organisation. Submitted to HIVOS, Netherlands




  1. Omosa, M. (1990) Ngina Baiseke. Translations of Mother of Girls and Other Stories to Ekegusii. Nairobi: Kenya Women Literature Group




  1. Omosa, M. (1988) The Fuel wood Crisis in Rural Kenya. A Socio-Economic Analysis of the Fuel wood Scarcity in Bura Irrigation Settlement Scheme, Tana River District. Department of Sociology, University of Nairobi. Nairobi. M.A. Thesis. 300pgs




  1. Omosa, M. (1985) People’s Perception of Development in West Kitutu Location of Kisii District. Department of Sociology, University of Nairobi. 3:1:1 Honours Dissertation.



RESEARCH PROJECTS AND PROGRAMMES
Research Activities

  1. Chronic Poverty in Kenya. A collaborative research programme between IDS, University of Nairobi; and Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Funded by the Department for International Development (DFID-Kenya) and TROCAIRE. 2005-2010.




  1. Communication Technology and Poverty Reduction in East Africa. Collaborative research between IDS, University of Nairobi; Network of Ugandan Researchers and Research Users; Organisation for Social Science Research in East and Southern Africa (OSSREA) Rwanda Chapter and National University of Rwanda; Commission for Science and Technology, Tanzania; and School of Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa;. Funded by the International Development Research Agency (IDRC). 2006-2009.




  1. Small and Micro Enterprises National Survey. Collaborative research between IDS, University of Nairobi and Central Bureau of Statistics, Ministry of Planning and National Development. Funded by Government of Kenya. 2007-2008.




  1. Governance and Social Action in South Sudan. A collaborative project between Khartoum University; Juba University; Afhad University of Women; Addis Ababa University; University of Nairobi; and Bremen University. Funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, Germany. 2005-2008.




  1. How Computerising the Tulaga Cooperative Farmers Society has affected the Livelihoods of its Members. A Baseline Survey. Commissioned by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Rome. 2006-2007.




  1. Consultative Citizen’s Perception Survey – City of Nairobi. Commissioned by the World Bank, Nairobi. 2006-2007.




  1. Smallholder Response to Agricultural Change. A Focus on the Evolution of Maize farming and Its Impact on Household Food Security in Western Kenya. Submitted to UNESCO-Paris through the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO (NATCOM). Nairobi. 2007-2008.




  1. Governance and Transition in Kenya and Related Countries in Africa. UNESCO/UNITWIN Chair, University of Nairobi. Action-Research funded by the Ford Foundation, Nairobi. 2003-2007.




  1. Re-hydrating the Earth in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (REAL): A Focus on Mobilisation for Action towards Community Based Water Management. UNESCO/UNITWIN Chair, University of Nairobi and Technical University, Delft. Action-Research funded by the European Union. 2003-2007.




  1. Social Codes of Practice in the Cut Flower Industry (CFI) UNESCO/UNITWIN Chair, University of Nairobi in collaboration with the Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich. Action-Research funded by the Department for International Development (DFID, London). 2003–2005.




  1. Social Mentoring and Livelihood Opportunities for Adolescents. UNESCO/UNITWIN Chair. Action-Research funded by UNESCO, Paris. 2004–2005.




  1. Child Growth and Development. UNESCO/UNITWIN Chair, University of Nairobi in collaboration with the Universities in Solidarity with Disadvantages Groups (UNISOL) program. Action-Research funded by UNESCO, Paris. 2003–2004.




  1. Capacity Needs and Water Retention Structures in the ASALS. UNESCO/UNITWIN Chair in collaboration with the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO. Action-Research funded by UNESCO, Paris. 2003–2004.




  1. Indigenous Technical Knowledge Systems in Africa. UNESCO/UNITWIN Chair in collaboration with the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO. Action-Research funded by UNESCO, Paris. 2003–2004.




  1. Universal Access to Communications in Rural Kenya: A Baseline Survey. Institute for Development Studies (IDS) and the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Commissioned by the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) and the International Centre for Research and Development (IDRC). 2002–2004.




  1. African Business Systems. A Collaborative Project between the IDS, University of Nairobi and the Centre for Development Research (CDR), Copenhagen. Funded by the Danish Development Agency (DANIDA). 1999-2004.




  1. Globalisation and Poverty. A collaborative study between the IIDS, University of Nairobi and the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom. Funded by the Department for International Development (DFID, London). 2001-2002.




  1. Evaluation of the Impact of Agro-Forestry Based Soil Fertility Replenishment Interventions on the Poor in Western Kenya. Collaborative research between the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), International Centre for Research on Agro-Forestry (ICRAF), Wageningen University and Research Centre and Institute for Development Studies (IDS), University of Nairobi. Funded by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). 2000–2002.




  1. Re-Conceptualising Food Security in Kenya. Doctoral research funded by the African Studies Centre, Leiden in collaboration with the Department of Rural Development Sociology, Wageningen Agricultural University, The Netherlands. 1994-1998.




  1. Population Growth, Land Use and Development in Kenya: A Focus on Food Self-Sufficiency. Funded by the Union for African Population Studies (UAPS), Dakar, Senegal. 1993-1995.




  1. Socio-Economic Assessment of the Sweet Potato Market Potential in Nairobi, Kenya. Funded by the International Potato Centre (CIP), Nairobi, Kenya. 1993-1994.




  1. Disaster Management and Preparedness: An Evaluation of Irrigation Farming and Food Self-Sufficiency - The Case of Perkerra Irrigation Settlement Scheme, Baringo District. Funded by the Sixth Social Science Research Competition - OSSREA, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 1993-1994.




  1. Households, Ecology and History in the study of Technological Change in Kenya’s Farming Systems: A Case Study of Mbeere. Funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. 1990-1991.




  1. Impact Evaluation Study on USAID Sponsored Participants Training Programme for Development in Kenya. Institute for Development Studies. Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). 1988-1987.




  1. Impact Evaluation Study on USAID Sponsored Participants Training Programme for Development in Kenya. Institute for Development Studies. Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). 1987-1990.




  1. The Fuel wood Crisis in Rural Kenya. A Socio-Economic Analysis of the Fuel wood Scarcity in Bura Irrigation Settlement Scheme, Tana River District. Collaborative research between the Department of Sociology and Institute for Development Studies (IDS), University of Nairobi. Student research funded by the Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi. 1985-1987.




  1. People’s Perception of Development in West Kitutu Location of Kisii District. 3:1:1 Honours Dissertation. Department of Sociology, University of Nairobi. Student research funded by the Department of Sociology, University of Nairobi. 1984–1985.


Commissioned Studies

  1. Higher Education E-Readiness Survey Project. Commissioned by the Kenya Education Network Trust (KENET). Nairobi. 2006-2007.




  1. Ethnicity and Pro-Poor Change in Kenya. Drivers of Change Research Group. Commissioned by DFID, Kenya. 2003.




  1. Combating Child Labour in the Domestic Sector in East Africa: A Baseline Survey on the Situation of Child Domestic Workers in Kenya. Commissioned by ILO/IPEC, Kenya. 2003.




  1. Universal Justice for Children at Risk: An Evaluation of the Children's Legal Action Network (CLAN) programme. Commissioned by CLAN, Kenya. 2003.




  1. Baseline Survey and Gender Action Plan. Murambi Integrated Community Development Program, Umutara Prefecture, Rwanda. Commissioned by the Adventist Relief and Development Agency (ADRA), Rwanda. 2002.




  1. Impact of HIV/AIDS on Rural Livelihoods: A Desk Review. Commissioned by Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MoARD) and the Department for International Development (DFID, Kenya). 2002.




  1. A Mid-Term Review of the Child Rights and Child Protection Project in Kenya. Commissioned by the African Network for the Prevention and Protection Against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN Regional Office). 2002.




  1. Baseline Survey: The Youth Driven Initiatives Project, Lugari District. Commissioned by the Family Planning Association of Kenya (FPAK). 2001




  1. Mid-Term Evaluation. Ikutha Food Security Project, Kitui District. Commissioned by the Adventist Relief and Development Agency (ADRA-Kenya). 2001.




  1. State of the Nation Baseline Survey. National Civic Engagement Programme. Commissioned by Price-Water-House Coopers, Kenya. 2001.




  1. Improving Rural Livelihood Security: An Evaluation of the Role of Agricultural Policy Reform in Extension and Soil Fertility Improvement. Commissioned by Resource Projects-Kenya. 2001.




  1. Central Kenya Dry Area Smallholder and Community Services Development Project (CKDAP). An Appraisal of the Group Development Approach to Rural Development in Kenya. Commissioned by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). 2000.




  1. Regional Resources Directories. Commissioned by the National Council of Churches (NCCK). 2000.




  1. Poverty and the Kenyan Family: A Rapid Assessment of the Situation of the Family in Nairobi. Commissioned by the Association of African Women for Research and Development (AAWORD-Kenya). 2000.




  1. The Kenyan Woman Today: An Overview Assessment of the Nairobi Forward Looking Strategies. Preparations for the 4th World Conference on Women. Beijing, China. Commissioned by the Government of Kenya Delegation. 1995.




  1. Participation in Environmentally Sustainable Development. Preparations for the Earth Summit, Brazil. Commissioned by the Government of Kenya Delegation. 1992.




  1. The Impact of the Sara Communication Initiative on People’s Lives and the Rights of the Girl-Child in Particular. Institute for Development Studies and UNICEF-ESARO. Commissioned by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). 1999.




  1. Food Security in Ikutha Division, Kitui District. A Baseline Survey. Commissioned by the Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRA-Kenya). 1999.




  1. Kenya Women Finance Trust Borrower Profile. Institute for Development Studies. Commissioned by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). 1996.




  1. Evaluation of the VI Agro-Forestry Activities in Trans Nzoia District. Commissioned by the VI Project, Sweden. 1996.




  1. Stakeholder Ownership in Finnish Development Cooperation: An Evaluation of the Women Group Cow-from-Cow Rotation Scheme. Commissioned by FTP International, Finland. 1996.




  1. An Evaluation of ASAL Projects in Lamuria Division, Laikipia District. Commissioned by the Arid and Semi-arid Programme, Ministry of Planning and National Development (MOPND), Government of Kenya. 1996.




  1. Impact Study: Rural Stoves West Kenya Project. Commissioned by the Intermediate Technology Development Group (ITDG), Nairobi. 1995.




  1. Baseline Survey: Environmental Impact Assessment, Uasin District. Commissioned by the Kenya Wood Fuel and Agro-Forestry Programme (KWAP). ETC, Nairobi. 1994.




  1. An Annotated Bibliography on Child Labour in Kenya. Commissioned by the Ministry of Labour and Human Resource Development, Government of Kenya. 1994.




  1. The Impact of the Direct Charge on the Enrolment of Women and the Economically Disadvantaged in Kenyan Public Universities. Commissioned by the Policy and Planning Task Group (PPTG), Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Government of Kenya. 1993.




  1. Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of Soil Conservation Activities in Muranga District. Commissioned by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, Government of Kenya and the Swedish International Development Authority (SIDA). 1992.




  1. An Evaluation of the Tanzania Traditional Energy Development Organisation. Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania. Commissioned by HIVOS, Netherlands. 1992.




  1. A Socio-Economic Assessment of the Impact of the Minor Roads Project on Women, Household Characteristics, Income Distribution and Agricultural Activities in Nyeri District. Commissioned by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development in collaboration with the Regional Soil Conservation Unit, Swedish International Development Agency. 1992.




  1. Review of the AAWORD Constitution and Drafting of By-Laws. Commissioned by the Association of African Women for Research and Development. Kenya Chapter. 1990.


Resource Person

  1. Planning Meeting on Africa Higher Education. Institute of International Education (IIE), Cairo, Egypt. March, 2007




  1. Governance and Social Action in South Sudan. Bremen University, Germany. November, 2006.




  1. Livelihoods and Institutions in Border Societies after the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. August, 2006




  1. Governance and Institutions. Delling University, Sudan. March, 2005




  1. Social Justice Philanthropy. Graduate Centre, City University of New York. New York, USA. May, 2005




  1. Chronic Poverty Research Group Programme Proposal Development. Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester, UK. 2004.




  1. SID-WFP Food Security Workshops on: Food Security, Social Mobilisation and Community Empowerment: Local Innovations against Hunger. Ministry of Agriculture, Kisii. 2001.




  1. Capacity Building in Project Management: Participatory Methods in Project Management. Extension and Training Consultants. ETC, Leusden. The Netherlands. 1993.




  1. Population Policies and Programmes in Kenya. Consultations in preparation for the Population Conference, Cairo. 1993.




  1. The Women’s Movement in Kenya. Association of African Women for Research and Development. Nairobi, Kenya. 1993.




  1. Strategies for Enhancing Women’s Involvement in the Electoral Process. Association of African Women for Development and Research. Nairobi, Kenya. 1992.




  1. Regional Training Course on Biomass Energy. Kenya Energy and Environmental Organisation (KENGO). 1992.




  1. Research Methodology Workshop. Association of African Women for Research and Development. Nairobi, Kenya. 1991.


POST-GRADUATE SUPERVISION
Doctoral Students

  1. Institution Building in Kenya: The Export Horticulture Sector by F.N.O. Mwaura. Institute of Human Resource and Development. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya. Funded by DAAD. 2005–2008.




  1. Biotechnology Innovation in Kenya: Where are the Farmers? By K.O. Ogoro. Technology and Agrarian Development Group, Department of Social Studies, Wageningen University and Research Centre. The Netherlands. Funded by Rockefeller Foundation. 2003–2007.




  1. Creativity in Everyday Practice: Rural Household Resource and Livelihood in Nyamira District, Kenya by E. G. Ontita. Department of Rural Development Sociology, Wageningen University and Research Centre. The Netherlands. Funded by WOTRO. 2002–2007


Masters Students

  1. Chronic Poverty and Child labour in Gucha District: The Tabaka Soapstone Industry by J.N. Kayaga. Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi. 2007–2008.




  1. The Social Networks of Sudanese Refugees in Kenya: Implications on Livelihood Opportunities and Reintegration in Post-Conflict Southern Sudan by L. Matendo. Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi. 2006–2007.




  1. Giving Voice to the Chronically Poor: A Case study of CDF projects in Ibeno Location, Nyaribari Chache Constituency, Kisii District by O. M. Okinda. Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi. 2006–2007.




  1. BAT Re-afforestation Programme: Assessing the Response of Contracted Tobacco Farmers in Oyani, Migori District by E.O. Manga. Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi. 2005–2007.




  1. The Effects of Land-Use Practices on Food Production: The Case of Nguni Division, Mwingi District by J. Ngulutu. Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi. 2003-2004.




  1. The Influence of Farmland Leasing on Household Livelihood Strategies: A Study of the Wheat-Belt Region of Narok District by J.L. Letoluo. Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi. 2003–2004.




  1. Community Based Home Care: HIV/AIDS Household Coping Strategies and Mitigation in Resource Poor Settings by A.O. Oyuke. Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi. 2002–2004.




  1. Poverty Reduction Strategies Utilised by Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs): The Case of Kisumu District, Kenya by A.E. Onyango. Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi. 2002–2003.




  1. Female Circumcision in Meru North District: A Focus on Inter-Generational Shifts in Practices and Perceptions by C.K. Koronya. Department of Sociology, University of Nairobi. 2002-2003.




  1. Indigenous Knowledge and Food Production in Tharaka District by L.K. Mathenge. Department of Sociology, University of Nairobi. 2002-2003.




  1. Gender and Land Use Practices in Post-Conflict Rwanda by E. Habiyambere. Department of Sociology, University of Nairobi. 2002-2003.




  1. Barriers Affecting Access to Agricultural Extension Services by Women Farmers in Muranga District by L.W. Mwangi. Department of Sociology, University of Nairobi. 2002-2003.

  2. EXTRA RESPONSIBILITIES


Administrative Responsibilities

  1. UNESCO/UNITWIN Chair (2003-Date) University of Nairobi




  1. Vice Chancellor's Nominee (2004-Date) Centre for International Programmes and Links (CIPL) Management Board, University of Nairobi




  1. Post-Graduate Studies Committee Member (2006-Date) Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi




  1. MA Programme Coordinator ((2006-Date) Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi




  1. Departmental Representative to CAB (2001-2006) College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) Academic Board, University of Nairobi




  1. Seminars and Publications Committee Member (2000-2006) Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi




  1. Newsletter Editorial Board Member (1999-2006) Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi




  1. Core Courses Convenor (1999-2005) Master of Arts in Development Studies, Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi




  1. Post-Graduate Studies Committee Member (1999-2003) Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi




  1. Seminar Co-coordinator (1999-2003) Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi




  1. Organising Committee Member (1991-1994) Strategic Planning for Agriculture: Creating Incentives for Growth and Development at the District Level. Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi and the Economic Development Institute, World Bank




  1. Course Coordinator (1990-1991) CCS 002 - Fundamentals of Development and their Application to Kenya. Board of Common Under-Graduate Courses, University of Nairobi




  1. Study Abroad Programme Sub-Committee Chair (2006/2007) Centre for International Programmes and Links, University of Nairobi




  1. ICT Champion (2003-2006) College of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Nairobi




  1. Staff Commissioner (2005 & 2006) SONU Student Elections. University of Nairobi




  1. Centre Committee Member (1999-2000) The International Learning Centre (ILC) Management Committee, University of Nairobi in collaboration with The Great Lakes Colleges Association


Community Service

  1. Selection Panel Member (2005 & 2006) International Fellowships Programme (IFP). The Ford Foundation, New York




  1. Research Advisory Board Member (2004-2006) Centre for Philanthropy and Social Responsibility. Ufadhili Trust, Kenya




  1. Social and Human Sciences Sector Committee Member (2005-2007) Kenya National Commission for UNESCO. Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Government of Kenya




  1. Social and Human Sciences Sector Committee Chair (2003-2005) Kenya National Commission for UNESCO. Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Government of Kenya




  1. National Trustee (2003-2006) Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU), National Office




  1. Trustee (2003-2008) Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU), University of Nairobi Chapter




  1. Board Member (2002-Date) Kenya Rural Enterprises Programme Development Agency (KREP-KDA)




  1. Convenor (2003-2004) UASU Negotiation Committee (with the Public Universities Councils Consultative Forum)




  1. Secretary (1992-1995) Association of African Women for Research and Development (AWWORD), Kenya Chapter




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