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Prof. Gilbert Mbaka Nduru ,Ph.D

Prof. Gilbert Mbaka Nduru ,Ph.D

Professor of Environmental Studies

Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Studies

Department of Environmental Studies and Resources Development

Biography

Teaching

Outputs

Research/PhD

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION
Member of International Geographic Union – Global
Institute for Research on Social Issues –USA
Social Science Research Network – Global
Association of American Geographers – USA
Member of Kenya DAAD Scholars Association – Kenya
Member of Agricultural Society of Kenya – Kenya
Member of Nature Kenya – East Africa Natural History Society – Kenya
Member of Science and Religion Dialogue Association -Kenya
Patron, Moi University, Meru South University Students Association (MESUSA)
COMMUNITY SERVICE
2019 Appointed Member of Tharaka Nithi County Education Quality and Standards Forum
2017 Appointed Member of the Board of Management of Ikuu Girls High School in Tharaka Nithi County
2014 to 2018 I served as an External Examiner for Garissa University College/Garisa University.
2009 to 2017, External Examiner for Chuka University College/Chuka University.
2007 to 2013, External Examiner for the Department of Geography at Masinde Muliro University.
WORKING EXPERIENCE
2020 March: Professor of Environmental Studies at Chuka University.
2018 October: Coordinator of the Centre for Mountain Studies at Karatina University.
May 2018 to date, I am coordinating as the PI at Karatina University a DAAD funded Entrepreneurial
University in Africa project. Karatina University is one of partners in the Network.
2015 June: Adjunct Professor of Field Studies and International Development at the Institute of Geography,
University of Cologne, Germany.
2014 March: External Examiner of Geography Examinations at Garisa University College (a constituent
college of Moi University,) Kenya.
2013 April: External Examiner of Geography Examinations at Chuka University, Kenya.
2013 February: Director of International Programmes, Linkages and Research at Karatina University. (Since
2018 October, it is called Directorate of Research and International Programmes).
2012 September: Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Karatina University.
2011 June – July, 2012: Worked as a visiting Professor at the Bayreuth University, Germany
2010 – 2016: Kenya-Coordinator of Graduate Field Studies on International Development for German
Students of Humboldt University Berlin.
2009- 2015: Kenya-Coordinator of Bayreuth University Internship Programme and Field Studies on
International Development in Kenya.
2008 January to October: Acting Dean of the School of Social Sciences at Moi University, Kenya.
2006 to date: Adjunct Professor in Geography, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, USA.
2006 to 2012: Head of the Department of Geography, Moi University.
2004 -2012: Senior Lecturer Dept. of Geography, Moi University.
2001-2004: Lecturer Dept of Geography, Moi University.
1998-2001: Assistant Lecturer Dept of Geography, Moi University.
1996 – 1997: Part-Time Lecturer, Department of Geography at Moi University, Kenya.
1996 – 1997: Administrative Officer at Moi University, Kenya.
1995 -1996 Subject Principal at Kamuyu Secondary School Uasin Gishu District, Kenya.
1994 -1994 Geography Subject Head at Kamuyu Secondary School Uasin Gishu District, Kenya.
1990 -1994: Graduate Teacher in Geography and History at Kipsolu Secondary School, Kericho, Kenya
EDUCATION
2005: Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Studies – Human Ecology, Moi University (Kenya) with a six
months DAAD Sandwich program at Bayreuth University (Germany).
1995: Master of Philosophy in Geography Moi University (Kenya).
1990: Bachelor of Education: Geography, History and Education, Moi University (Kenya).
1986: KACE – Ikuu Boys High School, Meru South.
1984: KCSE – Kiriani Mixed Secondary School, Meru South.

2020 March: Professor of Environmental Studies at Chuka University.
2018 October: Coordinator of the Centre for Mountain Studies at Karatina University.
May 2018 to date, I am coordinating as the PI at Karatina University a DAAD funded Entrepreneurial
University in Africa project. Karatina University is one of partners in the Network.
2015 June: Adjunct Professor of Field Studies and International Development at the Institute of Geography,
University of Cologne, Germany.
2014 March: External Examiner of Geography Examinations at Garisa University College (a constituent
college of Moi University,) Kenya.
2013 April: External Examiner of Geography Examinations at Chuka University, Kenya.
2013 February: Director of International Programmes, Linkages and Research at Karatina University. (Since
2018 October, it is called Directorate of Research and International Programmes).
2012 September: Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Karatina University.
2011 June – July, 2012: Worked as a visiting Professor at the Bayreuth University, Germany
2010 – 2016: Kenya-Coordinator of Graduate Field Studies on International Development for German
Students of Humboldt University Berlin.
2009- 2015: Kenya-Coordinator of Bayreuth University Internship Programme and Field Studies on
International Development in Kenya.
2008 January to October: Acting Dean of the School of Social Sciences at Moi University, Kenya.
2006 to date: Adjunct Professor in Geography, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, USA.
2006 to 2012: Head of the Department of Geography, Moi University.
2004 -2012: Senior Lecturer Dept. of Geography, Moi University.
2001-2004: Lecturer Dept of Geography, Moi University.
1998-2001: Assistant Lecturer Dept of Geography, Moi University.
1996 – 1997: Part-Time Lecturer, Department of Geography at Moi University, Kenya.
1996 – 1997: Administrative Officer at Moi University, Kenya.
1995 -1996 Subject Principal at Kamuyu Secondary School Uasin Gishu District, Kenya.
1994 -1994 Geography Subject Head at Kamuyu Secondary School Uasin Gishu District, Kenya.
1990 -1994: Graduate Teacher in Geography and History at Kipsolu Secondary School, Kericho, Kenya.

RESEARCH AWARDS AND COLLABORATIONS
1. June 2019: Travel Grant from the Institute of Geography’s Global South Project of the University of
Cologne to attend a Conference at Edinburg, between 11th and 15th June, 2019.
2. September 2018: International Geographers Union’s Travel Grant to attend an Economic Geography
Conference held at the University of Cologne between 15th and 18th September, 2018.
3. May 2018, jointly, as a team member from Karatina University, with partners from Chuka University,
Dendan Kimathi University of Technology and Dr. Nida Bajwa from Saarland University-Germany, won
a DAAD grant to develop and implement model Entrepreneurial University in Africa.
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4. February 2017, jointly with others (Dr. Mary Njeri Muchiri, Emily Kilel (Karatina University) Festus
Kaburi (KTDA) and Ms Catherine Chepkosgei (ASTSAR) won a grant from NRF to conduct research on
“Formulation and Promotion of Purple Tea Value added Products and Technological Transfer in Kenya.
5. August 2016, jointly with others (Prof Emar Kulke, Dr. Maria Velte, and Dr. Zipf Birgit from Humboldt
University, Germany; Dr. Geoffrey Wambugu from Karatina University and Dr. Bejamin Busienei from
University of Nairobi, Kenya), won a research grant from Erasmus Mundus to conduct Student Exchange
and Young Scientist Mentorship programme between our three universities with a Summer School in
Germany and Student research Projects in Kenya.
6. February 2015, jointly with others (Prof. Peter Dannenberg, Dr. Simone Herztlah from University of
Cologne, Germany and Dr. Boniface Kiteme of CETRAD, Kenya), won a research grant from the BMBF
(Ministry of Education and Research), Germany to conduct a research on Green Energy Utilization for
Adaptation to Climate Change in Laikipia County, Kenya.
7. September 2013, jointly with others (Prof. Willis Kosura (of University of Nairobi, Kenya; Prof Emar
Kulke from Humboldt University, Berlin; Prof. Peter Dannenberg from University of Cologne, Germany;
Dr. Megistu Katama from Haramaya University, Ethiopia), won a research grant from Edulink to conduct
a research on “Value Chain Development and Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change for Food
Security and Nutritional Security in Eastern Africa.
8. April 2011, won a grant to support my stay as a visiting scholar on a short research visit at the University
of Bayreuth from 1st April 2012 to 31st July 2012.
9. November 2010, jointly with Prof Detlef Mueller-Mahn, Dr. Simone Herztlah of Bayreuth University
won a grant from BMBF (Ministry of Education and Research – Germany) to conduct a research on Social
Learning and Technological Transfer as a tool for climate Change Adaptation in Eastern Africa Region.
10. November 25th 2008: Travel grant from DAAD to an international Conference at Bayreuth, Germany.
11. April, 2008: Research grant from IUPUI International Affairs Office to undertake a collaborative Study
on the Structure of Traditional Agriculture and Its Role in Alleviating Food Insecurity Crisis in Kenya.
(Collaborator- Prof Rick Bein of IUPUI).
12. November, 2007: Jointly with others (Prof. B. Folk, Prof T. Inui, Prof. B. Tierney, Prof. E. Kamaara, Dr.
P. Ayuo, Dr. H. Maithya) won a research grant of US-National Institute of Health (NIH) to conduct a
Collaborative study on Use of Traditional Medicine and alternative Therapies in the Treatment and
Provision of Medical Care of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Western Kenya.
13. May, 2006 Grant from Moi University to study Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture, Eldoret Municipality.
14. February, 2006: Grant from Muhoroni Sugar Co and Agro-chemical Industries to conduct a study on
“River Channel Erosion, Migration and Restoration Potential in the Lower Nyando River Valley.
15. 2005/2006: Participated in a research grant to study HIV/AIDS contextualisation in rural Kenya from
SIDA/SAREC and administered by SOMANET.
16. March 2006: Research award from AICAD to conduct a Survey on the Structure of Urban and Peri-Urban
Conflicts in Chuka Municipality, Meru South District.
17. May 2005: Research grant from IFRA to Conduct a Baseline Survey on the Structure of Medium Towns
in Western Kenya.
18. 2002-2005: Doctoral Scholarship from DAAD to enable me pursue my PhD research and dissertation
writing at Bayreuth University in Germany.
19. 2001- 2002: worked with JICA grant that conducted a Socio-Economic Survey on the Communities
Inhabiting Lake Baringo’s Catchment.
20. 2000: International Geographers Union’s Travel Grant to geospatial conference at Seoul South Korea.
21. 1992: Master of Philosophy scholarship from Moi University to undertake my Masters Coursework,
research and dissertation writing.
REFEREED JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS
1. Rithaa J.N., Magana A.M., Nduru G.M., Githae E. W.(2018), Analysis of Phenophases that control insitu establishment of Ocotea Usambarensis Engl. in the Southern Slopes of Mt. Kenya Forest International
Journal of Emerging Trends in Science and Technology, DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.18535/ijetst/v5i7.04
2. Sitienei K., H.W Kamiri, G.M Nduru and D.M Kamau (2018) Effects of blended fertilizers on leaf
nutrients content of mature clonal tea in Kenya. Journal of Experimental Research June 2018, Vol 6 No 2
3. Sitienei K, H.W. Kamiri, G. M. Nduru, D. M. Kamau, Wilson K. Nyabundi and M. Morogo (2018):
Effects of blended fertilizers on yields of mature tea clones TRFK and BBK 35 Grown in Kenyan
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Highlands. Indonesian Journal of Agricultural Science DOI:
http//dx.doi.org/10.21082/ijas.v.19.n1.2018.p.17–24 Vol. 19 No. 1 June 2018: 17–24
4. Kibet S, H. Kamiri, G. Nduru and D. Kamau (2018), Nutrient budget and economic assessment of
blended fertilizer use in Kenya tea industry.
5. Madlen K., P. Dannenberg and G. M Nduru (2016), The use of modern information and communication
technologies in smallholder agriculture: Examples from Kenya and Tanzania. Sage. Journal of
Information and Development, 2016 Vol. 32(5)
6. Nduru G.M and Peter Dannenberg (2014), The Structure of value chains for export fresh fruits and
vegetable production and marketing in Kenya. International Journal of Agricultural Economics and Rural
Development October 2014. Vol 7 No 5.
22. Peter Dannenberg and Nduru G.M. (2013), Practices in international Value Chains: The Case of the
Kenyan Fruit and Vegetable Chain beyond the Exclusion Debate. Tijdschrift voor Economische en
Sociale Geografie/Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG.
23. Nduru, G.M. (2013); A Blessing or a Curse: The Socio-economic Impacts of Using Prosopis juliflora in
Rangeland Rehabilitation in Baringo Lowlands. Maarifa. Vol 11. Pg 56-69.
24. Nduru, G.M and J. J. Akong’a and D. Schmied (2011); Herder -Farmer Conflicts and Rangeland
Degradation in Baringo Lowlands, Kenya. Maarifa Vol 5 pg 59-68.
25. Dannenberg, P., Kunze, M. and Nduru, G.M. (2011) Applications of GIS in Value Chains: Isochronal
Map of Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Transportation from the Mt. Kenya Region to Nairobi, Journal of
Maps, v2011, 273-279. 10.4113/jom.2011.1169.
26. Kamaara, E.K.; G.M. Nduru and N. L Shitemi (2011) Religion, Culture and Environment: AnAfrican
Feminist Perspective. In The Earth in Jeopardy; Theologies and Cultures Vol iv. No. 1:169-194
27. Nduru, G. M. (2010): A Framework for Understanding Soil Degradation and Constraints Facing
Adoption of Soil Conservation Measures in Kenya. Maarifa Vol 2 No.1
28. Nduru, G.M. (2010): Winning and Losing: The Changing Geographies of Biodiversity Conservation in
Rural Kenya. Maarifa Vol 2 No 2.
29. Nduru, G.M. (2009): Winning and Losing: The Changing Geographies of Rural Kenya. Maarifa, 2(2).
30. Nduru, G. M and J. J. Akong’a and D. Schmied (2008); The Impact of Land use Conflicts and Soil
Degradation on Food security in Baringo Lowlands, Kenya. Maarifa Vol 1 pg 59-68.
31. Nduru, G.M. 2007. Improving women farmers access to extension services in Kenya. Maarifa, 1:128-132
BOOKS
32. Dannenberg, P. T. Goettert, G. M. Nduru and U. Zeller (2013). Land Use and Nature Conservation in East
and South Africa. Heft Publishers, Berlin
33. Nduru G.M (2013) Thinking Spatially and Trends in Geographic Technologies. VDM Publishers, New
York. ISBN 978-3-814-42507-8
34. Nduru G.M. (2011) Resource Use Conflicts and Soil Conservation Efforts. VDM Publishers, New York.
ISBN 978-3-639-36402-6
35. Dannenberg, P. and G. M. Nduru (2010). Challenges and Opportunities of Fresh Fruit and Vegetable
Production for Export around Mount Kenya. Heft Publishers, Berlin.

COMPLETED & GRADUATED PHD STUDENTS
1. Evaluation of blended fertilizers in tea production on economic and environmental in central and western highlands of Kenya– Karatina University.
2.Environmental factors influencing phenology and regeneration of Ocotea usambarensis on southern slopes of Mt. Kenya- Chuka University.
3. The Use of Climatic Data in Wheat and Maize Farming Within Uasin Gishu County, Kenya- Human Ecology at Moi University, Kenya.
4. The Impact of Flooding in the Nyado River Watershed in Lowland areas within Kisumu District- University of Eldoret, Kenya.
5. The Context of Climate Change Adaptation in Kenya’s Dry Lands: A case of Mwingi District, Kenya-University of Bayreuth, Germany.
6.Assessment of Adaptation Strategies to Water Scarcity in Makueni Sub-County, Kenya. Chuka University Academic Staff Database © 2020 Page 18 of 460 – Karatina University.
7.. Application of Remote Sensing and GIS in Mapping and Management of Solid Wastes in Eldoret Municiplaity- Moi University.
8. The Impact of Land Use Changes on Flood Frequency and Disasters in Budalangi, Bungoma District Kenya- Moi University
9. Trends in Climate Change and its Impact on Agricultural Production in Western Kenya. -Moi University
10Evaluating the Impact of Climate Change on Banana Value Chain Dynamics in Meru and Nyeri Counties, Kenya.
11. An Analysis of Drivers of Grass Harvesting and Soil Extraction in Mt. Kenya West
12. Ecosystem, Nyeri County
13. Community Participation in Natural Forest Conservation and Rehabilitation. A Case Study of Kakamega Forest Ecosystem, Kenya. – St. Paul’s University
14. The influence of Tourism on The Health Status of Communities in and Around Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.
15.Prediction of Soil Erosion Amounts and its Impacts in Kerio Valley, Kenya.

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