STRATEGIC THEME (2016-2021)

 

INTRODUCTION

The research focus for the current strategic plan (2016-2021) is to promote focused and innovative impactful research. In this context, the University encourages its faculty and students to carry out research in focused areas that have impact on the community, the nation and beyond. The University is keen in supporting research in the themes spelt below that would have impact in the areas surrounding Athi River Campus. Faculty and students are therefore encouraged to focus their research on the themes below. The two broad themes are environment and poverty with sub-themes as indicated under each theme. The themes are broad enough for all schools and departments to find their niche.

 

Environment Theme

  • Environmental sustainability
  • Ecosystems
  • Climate change
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Urbanization and its consequences
  • Solid waste management
  • Carbon footprints
  • global warming
  • The ozone layer
  • Air pollution
  • Energy: Both renewable and non-renewable
  • Water
  • Forestry
  • Wildlife
  • Fisheries
  • Sustainable development goals
  • Biological diversity
  • Biotechnology
  • Rising sea levels
  • Desertification,
  • Soil degradation
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Environmental policy and law
  • Environmental and Risk Communication
  • Green business and social enterprises
  • Valuation of Environmental Resources
  • Environmental Agencies
  • Religion and Environment
  • Current trends in environment
  • Innovative models in environmental conservation

 

Poverty Theme

  • Poverty dynamics
  • Intergenerational transmission of poverty
  • Insecurity, risk, and vulnerability and poverty trap
  • Accumulation of assets, inequality and poverty
  • Social Exclusion
  • Poverty solutions
  • Governance and Poverty
  • Gender dimension of poverty
  • Psychology and poverty
  • Poverty and labour mobility
  • Institutions and poverty
  • Policies towards poverty reduction
  • Current trends in poverty analysis
  • Theology of poverty
  • Development communication and poverty
  • Effective models of poverty reduction
  • Social and biological processes of poverty
  • Non-Governmental Organizations impact on poverty
  • Disease and poverty
  • Role of enterprises/business in poverty reduction