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The Department of Geography

Egerton University

P.O Box 536 – 20115, EGERTON

Tel: +254-051-2217804 Ext 3165

Email:

Website: www.egerton.co.ke

Research Projects and fellowships:

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Research Projects and fellowships:

PhD Research Project: Agricultural Land-Use and its Implication on Household Food Security in Central District, KisIi County – Ms. Janepha K. Kumba

Ph.D Research Project: Climate Risk Assessment and State of Adaptive Capacity in Semi-arid Baringo County – Richard Ochieng. Supported by Egerton University, Division of Research & Extension

Australian Awards - African Fellowships 2014/15: Soil and water conservation, Charles W. Recha

 

Janepha Kemunto Kumba

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Dr. Janepha Kemunto Kumba

Lecturer, Geography Department

Faculty of Environment and Resource Development

P.O. Box 536-20115

Egerton, Kenya.

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EDUCATION

 

 

Year

Degree

Institution

2015

PhD Geography

Egerton University

1991

Master of Arts in Geography

University of Nairobi

1985

Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Geography

University of Nairobi

1980

Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education

Moi Girls, Eldoret

 

 

FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION

 

Agricultural Geography, Food Security, Research Methods, Labour Relations (Negotiations), Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA).

 

 

1993 - Present

Lecturer, Geography Department, Egerton University

1991 - 1992

Assistant Lecturer, Geography Department, Egerton University

1989 - 1991

Lands Officer, Ministry of Lands and Settlement

1986 - 1987

Teacher, Mathematics and Geography, Kikuyu Day School

2007 - 2009

Vice-Chairperson, Kenya Medical Training Centre Board

 

 

KEY RESEARCH PROJECTS

 

Project period

Research Topic

2006 - 2007

Agricultural Land Use and its Implications on Food Security in Kisii Central District.

RECENT SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

 

Kumba, J.K. (2015). The Role of Household Characteristics in Determining Food Security in Kisii Central Sub-County, Kenya. Research on Humanities and Social Sciences. 5(7): 186-193

Kumba, J.K., Wegulo, F., & Otieno, J. (2015). The Impact of Socio-Economic Characteristics on Cash and Food Crop Production: Implications on Household Food Situation in Kisii Central Sub-County, Kenya. Developing Country Studies 5(5):115-122

Kumba, J.K., Wegulo, F., & Otieno, J. (2015). The Influence of Agricultural Land Use on Household Food Security Situation in Kisii Central Sub-County, Kenya. Economics and Sustainable Development.  6(6): 147-152

Mokua, D.O., Shivairo, R.S., Muleke, C., Mukabane, D.K., Oswe, M.O., Willy, K. & Kumba, J.K., (2014). Impact of Socio-Economic Factors on STH Infection Amongst PSAC in Elburgon Municipality, Kenya. Economics and Sustainable Development. 5(20):84-90

Shivairo, R.S., Shivoga, W.A., Mbaria, J.M. & Kumba, J.K. (2014). Acute Borehole Poisoning in Livestock in Kargi, Marsabit, Kenya: A Case Report. Advances in Life Science and Technology. 24:1-3

Mokua, D.O., Shivairo, R.S., Muleke, C., Mukabane, D.K., Oswe, M.O. & Kumba, J.K. (2014). Soil Transmitted Helminthes Prevalence among Pre-School Age Children in Elburgon Municipality, Kenya.  Biology, Agriculture and Healthcare. 4(21):36 - 41

Wegulo, F., Kumba, J.K. & Omollo, E.(1999). “Introduction to Research Methods” A Manual for Diploma Course in Military Studies, Egerton University.

Kumba, J.K. (1999). “Ethical Issues on Handling Pesticide Chemicals in Kenya” Conference Proceedings on the Regional Consultative Conference on Bio-Ethics. UNESCO.

COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION

2003 to present

Treasurer, Universities’ Academic Staff Union, Egerton Chapter

2006 to present

National Trustee, Universities’ Academic Staff Union

2014 to present

Board Member, Trade Union Congress, Kenya (TUC-K)

2009 to present

Member, Board of Management Borangi SDA Secondary School

 

 

Message from the Chairman

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Message from the Chair of Department (CoD) - DR. Charles Recha

Welcome to the department of Geography, one of the three (3) departments under the Faculty of Environment and Resources Development (FERD). The department is located in the FASS Complex (Block A, ground floor) at Njoro Campus. The department has a committed staff of 16 members (11- teaching staff, 2- technical staff, and 3 support staff). Our teaching staff is composed of competent persons of diverse areas of specialization in the subject of Geography (refer to staff list). As a department, we recognize that more than ideology or economic development, what has fundamentally defined states or communities over time has been their place on Earth. It is geography alone that studies places. Cognizant of this fundamental role of Geography, the department has designed its programs in such a manner that it captures the distribution of people and their activities, physical and man-made features, ecosystems and interactions between humans and the environment in a dynamic spatial context. The Department of Geography is strategically positioned to train manpower that will provide solutions to the challenges arising from these interactions. Through the best practices adopted by the University, we aim at the highest level standard in generating and disseminating knowledge for the betterment of humanity. We are warmly inviting you to come and be part of us in this endeavour.

Programs:

Undergraduate:

o BSc. (Geography)

o B.Ed (Arts) with Geography combination

o B.Ed (Sci)

o B.Ed (Pri)

o BA

o BSc

Postgraduate

o MA/Msc (Geography) on both regular and school-based basis

o MA in Urban Management (Njoro & Town Campus).

o PhD in Geography

Certificate

o Geographic Information System (GIS) (short course)

Diploma (in Education) - with Geography combination

NB: Most of our programs are offered at Njoro (main), Nakuru Town Campus College, Nairobi City Campus and Baringo Campus.

 

Dr. Joseph O. Otieno, PhD

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Dr. Joseph O. Otieno, PhD

Lecturer and Chair, Department of Geography

Faculty of Environment and Resources Development,

Egerton University

P. O. Box 536, 20115 Egerton, Kenya

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EDUCATION

1998

Ph.D., Environmental Geography

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

1988

Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning

University of Nairobi.

1986

Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Geography

University of Nairobi

FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION

Environmental Geography, Economic Geography, Urban and Regional Geography, Philosophy of Geographical Science and Political Ecology

WORK EXPERIENCE

Aug. 2009 - present

Ag. COD, Department of Geography, Egerton University

2002 - Present

Lecturer, Department of Geography, Egerton University

Jan. 2001 - 2002

Lecturer, Department of Environmental Planning and Management, Kenyatta University

Feb. – May 2000

Part Time Lecturer, Department of Environmental Planning and Management, School of Environmental Studies, Moi University

June. – Dec. 1999

CIP Liaison Scientist, Uganda.

1998 – June 1999

Social Science Research Fellow, International Potato Center (CIP), Uganda

1994 - 1997

Teaching Assistant/Instructor – Department of Geography, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (various courses in Geography and International Development)

1995 – May - August

Teaching Kiswahili as a second language at the University of Illinois at Urbana –Champaign center for African Studies.

May – August 1994

Resident Co-ordinator, Egerton University – UIUC Student Exchange Program

1991-1992

Assistant Lecturer, Department of Geography, Egerton University.

Jul. 1989 – Sept. 1990

District Physical Planning Officer, South Nyanza District

August 1988 – June 1989

Physical Planning Officer, Kisii/Nyamira Districts

June 1985 – Oct. 1985

Vocational Employment with Agricultural Finance Corporation in Planning and Budgeting Division

KEY RESEARCH PROJECTS

Sept. 2009 - 2012

Land Tenure Changes, Agricultural Productivity and Resource Conservation in Transmara District, Kenya.

June – October 2007

Changing Urban Landscapes: Community view of Planning Rules and Regulations in Medium Income Areas of Nakuru Town”

2002

Community Participation in Natural Resource Management:

A Case Study of Central and Lower Imenti Forests in Central Meru District”.

1998-1999 December

The Dynamics of Sweetpotato Cultivation, Marketing and Utilization in Northeast Uganda.

1996-1998

Contract Farming and Environmental Change in Kuria District, Western Kenya.

1994

Participated as a Research Assistant on “Cartobibliography on Maps of Africa to 1900” available at the UIUC Library.

1987 -1988

Constraints to Land Utilization in Oyugis Division of South Nyanza District.

1986 - 1987

Participated in a Regional Planning Studio Project focusing on Regional Planning of the then Kakamega District.

RECENT SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

1

Charles Ochodo, Ndetei D.M, Moturi W.N, OtienoJ.O. Accepted and Forthcoming (2014): “External built residential environment characteristics that affect mental health of adults” in Journal of Urban Built Environment.

2

Ochodo C, Ndetei D.M, Moturi W. N, Otieno J.O. Accepted and Forthcoming (2014):External built residential environment characteristics that increase the likelihood of depression and suicide in children in Journal of African Psychiatry.

3

Otieno, J. O. (1996): Contracting Under Conditions of Liberalization: The case of Tobacco in Kenya. African Rural and Urban Studies, Vol.3, Number 3, 1996, pp 199-221

4

G. J. Scott, J. O. Otieno, S. Ferris, A. K. Muganga and L. Macdonaldo. (1999). Sweetpotato in Uganda food Systems: Enhancing Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in CIP Annual Report 1998.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Political Ecology in understanding resource access and control, Land Tenure and environmental change, urban growth and dynamism, agricultural systems, contract farming, and rural livelihoods, philosophy and development of geographical thought over time, regional integration and changes in regional economies.

Courses I am Currently Teaching

Philosophy of Geographical Thought, Global Economic Geography, Urban Land Use Planning, Advanced Agricultural Geography, Environment and Development in Africa, Structure and Functions of Urban Settlements, Participatory Approaches to Development.