Bio

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 (Hons) 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 interest revolves around broad and specific issues in urban development and governance, urban poverty and livelihoods, urban food security and urban-rural linkages.

Samuel has acquired a wide-range of management and leadership skills during his academic career at the University of Nairobi (1995 to date). He has served as Head of Department of Geography and Environmental Studies (2011-2017) 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, multi-disciplinary donor-funded research projects such as Food Planning and Innovation for Sustainable Metropolitan Regions (EU-funded) Project, Hungry Cities Partnership (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council/IDRC-funded) Project and Urban Food Systems Governance for NCD Prevention in Africa (IDRC-funded) Project.

Samuel 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 (Paris, France), Centre for African Studies, University of Bordeaux (France) and African Studies Centre (Leiden, Netherlands). He has been appointed external examiner in Kenyatta University (Kenya), South Eastern Kenya University, Radbound University (Netherlands) and University of Western Cape (South Africa).

Samuel is involved in community service and development in a number of ways. He is a member of Maasai Mara Science and Development Initiative (MMSDI) and Development Research Uptake in Sub-Saharan Africa (DRUSSA). He contributes to the society through participation in community development efforts as well as providing intellectual insights on national and international issues. Lastly, he is the coordinator, Education for Sustainable Development in Africa (ESDA) Postgraduate Training Programme in Sustainable Urban Development.

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