PAST & PRESENT
ON A MISSION
Institute Scholars are selected through a highly selective process that assesses a prospective scholar’s research agenda, competence and experience, and passion for pursuing social justice, equity, and selfless service. Meet the Institute Scholars and learn more about the themes, questions, and projects that they are passionate about. You are welcome to reach out to the Scholars to learn more about the Program and seek their expertise with your own research and projects.
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- Research Methods Program 2019
- Research Methods Program 2020
I am an environmentalist with an interest in air quality and environmental epidemiology. I am passionate about reducing exposure to harmful air pollution in vulnerable communities and improving public health.
Arinaitwe Brian Nicholas
I am a veterinarian with extensive experience in driving innovations and promoting the adoption of animal production enhancement technologies that present both business and rural development opportunities.
Boikanyo Abigail Molefhi
I am an aspiring practitioner-scholar passionate about research in entrepreneurship development and higher education. My interests in higher education are the internationalization and Africanisation of higher education and the development of education hubs.
Brighton Fungai Kashiri
I am a monitoring and evaluation practitioner with an interest in non-communicable diseases in the rural communities. My passion lies in promoting public health resilience in communities that face threats from non-communicable diseases.
I am a political scientist with a research interest in trade and its relationship with development. I aim to ensure that development is socio-economically and gender inclusive.
I am a researcher with an interest in public health in rural areas. I hope to collaborate with other researchers to find solutions to diseases of global concern.
I am a lecturer at the Islamic University in Uganda. My passion lies in promoting e-learning educational technology access and improving the quality of teaching in African countries.
Hamid Tunde Adebowale
I am a social scientist with a focus on the political economy of violence in Africa. My interests lie in exploring the economic, legal, and political dynamics of armed conflicts and democratic reform to prevent conflicts.
I am a demographer with an interest in children and youth, socio-economic development, education, health, and humanitarian relief. I am particularly passionate about research with policy implications that enhance sexual and reproductive health and rights.
I am a civic leader with an interest in research that leverages sustainable community-based techniques and produces findings aimed to improve community development.
Isaac Newton Bortey
I am passionate about public policy and development issues. Currently, I work in the public sector of Ghana, where I employ my research skills to provide oversight over government agencies.
I am a social scientist with a focus on higher education and its impacts on the socio-economic development of Africa. I aim to bring together academic research and social impact to improve tertiary education access and employability of graduates.
June – Esther Kiama
I am a science enthusiast with a focus on health education promotion strategies in schools. My passion is in contributing to policy-relevant research that positively impacts the livelihoods, education, and health of children in Kenya and Africa more broadly.
I am a social scientist with a focus on humanitarian work. My passion lies in implementing monitoring and evaluation and learning systems in non-profit organizations.
Kwame Adjei Manu
I am a lawyer and an international affairs scholar focusing on technology law, commercial legal practice, and diplomacy. I am driven to research the international dimensions of technology law.
I am a development and humanitarian practitioner with a focus on issues affecting asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants, with a keen interest in advocacy for human rights and development work implementation in Africa.
I am a social scientist with an interest in sustainable livelihoods and community development. I am passionate about conducting policy-relevant research with the aim to promote economic and business opportunities.
Oreoluwa Khadijat Babalola
I am an agronomist with a focus on coming up with efficient storage facilities for agricultural produce. I am passionate about achieving food security and sustainable development through efficient post-harvest practices and better agriculture and supply chain policies.
I am a communications practitioner with a focus on media, gender, and human rights. I aim to collaborate with other researchers to find solutions to apparent gender inequities and human rights concerns in Uganda.
Rosebud Chingwara Sithole
I am a sociologist with a passion for public health and HIV prevention. I am interested in creating an environment where there are no new HIV infections and zero tolerance of discrimination against people living with HIV and others affected.
I am a social scientist with a focus on public health issues. I am interested in public health education, human development, and relief management, with experience in non-profit leadership.
Tongai Charley Murambadoro
I am a social scientist with an interest in public health and governance. I have a strong passion for working with vulnerable and marginalized groups of society.
Valerie N Pfupajena
I am a social scientist with a focus on behavioral traits in society with implications for African political behavior. My passion lies in understanding what institutions and behavior are conducive to good leadership on the African continent.