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Samuel Owuor is an urban geographer and Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Nairobi, Kenya. He holds a PhD in Human Geography (University of Amsterdam), MA in Urban Geography (University of Nairobi/McGill University) and BA in Geography (University of Nairobi). He has, over the years, gained experience in scientific research and publication, teaching and supervision of graduate students. His research interests are in the fields of urban development and governance; urban poverty and livelihoods; urban food and nutrition security; and urban-rural linkages. He coordinates the University of Nairobi postgraduate programme in Sustainable Urban Development.

Prof. Owuor has acquired a wide-range of management and leadership skills during his academic career at the University of Nairobi. He has served as Head of Department of Geography and Environmental Studies as well as being appointed in a number of university management committees and leadership positions. He has been involved in the design and implementation of collaborative and multi-disciplinary research projects such as IDRC-funded Nourishing Spaces Project; SSHRC/IDRC-funded Hungry Cities Partnership Project; NASAC-funded LIRA-2030 Project; EU-funded Food Metres Project; and CODESRIA/Rockefeller/IRD-funded Urban Integration Project.

Prof. Owuor is a scholar with international exposure and networks. He is widely travelled and has participated in many international conferences across the globe. He has been a visiting scholar in University of Jyvaskyla (Finland); School for Higher Studies in Social Sciences (France); University of Bordeaux (France); and African Studies Centre (Netherlands). He has been appointed external examiner in Kenyatta University (Kenya); University of Amsterdam (Netherlands); South Eastern Kenya University (Kenya); Radbound University (Netherlands); and University of Western Cape (South Africa). In addition, he contributes to the society through participation in community development efforts as well as providing intellectual insights on national and international issues.

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