The Environmental Policy thematic area at CASELAP is designed to advance and strengthen the existing knowledge base of environmental policy scholars and practitioners to enable them undertake critical analysis and evaluation of various environmental policy issues and to conduct advanced level research to mainstream environmental considerations in natural resources management for sustainable development. Faculty members bring scholarly, practical and public service skills and experience in science and policy, climate change risk assessments, mitigation and adaptation, environmental impact assessment and audits, environmental policy analysis, participatory approaches and project cycle management, environmental and ecological economics, resource economics, dynamic optimization, use of non-parametric frontier methods in solving environmental problems, and climate change
The specific objectives of the Environmental Policy Programme are to:
1. Enable students have good knowledge of environmental policy and equip them with hands-on and advanced skills in environmental governance;
2. Demonstrate the relationship between environmental policy and science by facilitating dialogue among the two specializations and thus promote efficacy in environmental governance;
3. Prepare senior policy makers and corporate leaders with skills to mainstream environment and natural resources policy into their respective fields to promote sustainable development;
4. Promote knowledge and insights for protection of the threshold of sustainability in utilization or enjoyment of the environment and natural resources sustainably;
5. Prepare natural resources managers for informed interventions or other forms of avoidance and/or settlement of disputes on environmental matters; and
6. Offer quality training which prepares those aspiring to pursue scholarship at doctoral, research or teaching levels and thus ensure inter-generational succession of management experts.
Prof Nicholas Oguge - Head of Thematic Area
Dr Richard Mulwa
Dr Stephen Anyango
Dr Jones Agwata
Master of Arts in Environmental Policy
Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Policy
Possible Career Opportunities from Environmental Policy Studies:
1. Natural Resources Management
2. Environmental expert/manager in public sector
3. Researcher and scholar in Environmental Policy Formulation
4. Consultant / Advisor to government, international agencies, civil society
Research Projects by Faculty Members:
1. Access to Land and Land Based Resources among Women in Pastoralist and Forest-Dwelling Communities in East Africa – IDRC funded Project.
2. Renewable Energy Policy Guidelines – UNEP funded project.
3. Soil Conservation practices and climate change adaptation strategies – RUFORUM funded project.
4. Developing biomass pyrolysis stoves for bio-energy use by rural households and SME’s in Kenya - NCST funded project.
5. The Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AGMIP)