Dr. Medard Twinamatsiko, PhD.

                                                           Mbarara University of Science and Technology

                                                             Lecturer, Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies

                                                   Department of Environment and Livelihood Support Systems

                                                                       P.O. Box 1410 Mbarara, Uganda,

                               Tel: +256 751 892 953/+256 772 892 953

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PROFILE   

Dr. MedardTwinamatsiko is a Development Conservationist with over 12 years of progressive research and academic engagement half of which have resulted into the successful implementation of two Darwin Initiative projects in collaboration with the International Institute for Environment and Development, London (https://www.iied.org/users/medard-twinamatsiko). Dr. Twinamatsiko has a PhD Policy Management and Natural Resource Governance and is a Senior Researcher and Lecturer in the Department of Environment and Livelihood Support Systems, Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies at Mbarara University of Science and Technology(MUST), Uganda. He also works as the Ag. Deputy Director for the Centre for Innovations and Technology Transfer (CITT) -MUST. The Centre is in charge of all innovations, skills development and technological transfer at MUST.He is also a Senior Social Research Consultant at the Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation (ITFC), a postgraduate and research Institute of MUST, located in BwindiImpenetrable National Park where he has previously worked as the Head of Social Research Department for four and a half years.  At Bwindi, just like some other protected areas in Uganda, Dr. Twinamatsiko has facilitated research to action community based conservation interventions that link local people to sustainable conservation through enhancement of alternative livelihood options that reduce pressure on Protected Area resources and save the extinction of Endemic species such as tropical mountain gorillas. The key focus in alternative livelihoods has been on the dimensions of equity and application of governance principles. In this context, he has led the pilot studies of Social and Governance Assessment of Protected Areas methodologies commonly known as SAPA and GAPA. In advancing GAPA methodology, he was the chief actor in the governance assessment documentary funded by the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA)https://www.iied.org/understanding-governance-equity-conservation. He has done several researches around protected areas in the Albertine rift and has been actively involved in developing an equity framework in protected area management with Kate and Phil from UK. In addition, he has been the Lead Researcher on several social research projects funded by Darwin Initiative, Conservation International, Great VirungaTransboundary Collaboration, BwindiMgahinga Conservation Trust, Birdlife International, International Institute for Environment and Development, Flora and Fauna International (www.iied.org/uganda-project-strengthen-policies-link-poverty-conservation;darwin.defra.gov.uk/newsletter/july2013newsletter.pdf) and currently the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund project that enhances the biodiversity of Bwindi using a Batwa cultural co-management approach.                                                                                                                                                                                        Apart from research, Dr. Twinamatsiko is an experienced seasonal manager and has held other several managerial positions as the Ag. Deputy Director- Directorate of Research and Graduate Training, MUST; Associate Director for Postgraduate Studies and Research Directorate in Charge of Research, Innovations, Extensions and Publications, (KIU); Head of Department at both MUST and other Universities in Uganda; Child Development Officer for a community based Compassion International charitable organisation on top of being an Executive Director of the Centre for Research Uptake in Africa (CRU-Africa) that translates research findings into action at community implementation and policy engagement levels.His passion and research interest is in policy engagement and research uptake for Natural Resource Governance. Since 2009 to the current date, he has had an interface to work for the conservation of Uganda’s protected areas such as Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Semliki National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park where he has undertaken various studies on natural resource competition and resource-based conflicts. Dr. Twinamatsiko is highly motivated, and a deeply committed development conservationist. Throughout his career over the last twelve years, he has been working to strengthen the management and governance of protected areas and ensure that communities neighbouring protected areas develop positive attitudes towards the conservation of such areas especially ecological sensitive areas such as Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. His previous experience has brought new learning challenges for him toachieve in order to undertake his work to the highest standard. He has widely published in the area of natural resource governance (https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=zPpan0gAAAAJ&hl=en), has won several grants and awards on top of supervising postgraduate students. He is now an Africa Oxford Initiative (AfOx) fellow for 2018.                           

 Education

2012 - 2015: Ph.D (Policy Management & Natural Resource Governance)   Mbarara University of Science & Technology. Topic: Linking Conservation to the Implementation of Revenue Sharing Policy and Livelihood Improvement of People Bordering Bwindi Impenetrable National Park-Uganda.

2009 - 2011: MA (DVS-Policy and Natural Resource Conflict Management) Mbarara University of Science & Technology, Distinction. Research Topic: Resource Based Conflicts and Their Impact on Pastoral Community Livelihoods: A case of Basongora Pastoralists around Queen Elizabeth National Park. Major courses offered: Development planning-A, Research Methods-A, Rural Development-A, Human Resource Management-A, Gender and Development-A, Financial Management-B+, Taxation, Equity and Decentralisation-A, Decentralisation and Empowerment of Local Governance-A, Rural Development-A, Contemporary Development Theories and Strategies-A, Environmental Management-B+, Conflict Resolution and Peace Building Studies-A, African Ethics& Development-A

2006-2009:   B.A (DVS)  First Class (Honours) Mbarara University of Science & Technology. Research Topic: The Rights of the Minorities amidst Development Policy Interventions. A Case of Basongora Pastoralists-South Western Uganda.                                                       

 2002-2004: DIP.EDUC (Secondary) Upper class 2nd (Honours) Kyambogo University. Research Topic: The Cost Implication of Coffee Growing towards Rural Development Strategies in Uganda. A case of Kigarama- Bushenyi District

 Certificates attained

  • Certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation (Tilburg University)
  • Certificate in Research Skills (Methodology, Proposal writing, Analytical skills, Qualitative and Quantitative skills)-IVO Tilburg University, NL.
  • Certificate in Conflict Analysis-Linnaeus University-Sweden.
  • Certificate in Leadership.
  • Certificate in Report writing.
  • Certificate in Computer Office Applications.
  • Certificate in HIV/AIDS Awareness campaign.
  • Certificate in Child Development.

 Courses Undertaken During my  PhD Training

  • Philosophy of Methods
  • Scholarly writing
  • Policy Management and Governance
  • Environmental Planning and management
  • Integrated Conservation and Development Policy-Practice
  • Governance aspects in Conservation and Development
  • Land governance and Management
  • Conflict Analysis
  • Rangeland Management and Mapping
  • Livelihoods and Community Well Being Analysis
  • Gender Relations and Analysis in Development
  • Biodiversity Conservation
  • Rural Development and Livelihoods Analysis

·  3    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND RESPONSIBILITY

March 2017 to-date: Lecturer/Graduate Studies Coordinator FIS- Mbarara University  

Main Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Developing and Implementing Postgraduate curriculum 
  • Conduct lectures in the assigned programmes
  • Mentor and guide students in academics, morals and research
  • Supervise students assigned to me in areas of research and innovations
  • Coordinate graduate studies and research
  • Monitor the progress of graduate students
  • Make timetables and coordinate learning and teaching of graduate studies

 April 2018 to date:  Deputy Director, Centre for Innovations and TEchnology Transfer (CITT) - Mbarara University.

  Main Duties

  • Assist the Director CITT in research, innovations and technology transfer in the University
  • Coordinate innovative projects that come from staff and students various faculties and departments
  • Participate in resource mobilization that supports research and innovations
  • Promote intellectual property rights and commercialization of innovative ideas from staff and students
  • In collaboration with the Director, coordinate experiential learning at MUST and facilitate the skilling programmes
  • Coordinate short courses in skilling and experiential learning

March 2017 - April 2018:  Ag. Deputy Director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT) - Mbarara University.                                                              

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Managing the postgraduate academic policies, training and research initiatives
  • A member and chairman of the postgraduate research subcommittee
  • A member of university academic affairs committee
  • In charge of the university research, innovations extensions and publications
  • In charge of University research policies and innovations
  • Deputize the director of postgraduate studies and research directorate

November 2015 - March 2017: Consultant/Associate Director Post graduate studies and Research (Research, Innovations and Extensions - Kampala International University -Western Campus)

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Take a leading role in coordinating research, innovations and extensions in the University
  • Ensure the quality of post graduate training and research
  • Promote and strengthen postgraduate innovations and research agenda.
  • In charge of the University grants and proposal writing.
  • In charge of the University grants office.
  • Deputize the Director postgraduate Studies and Research.
  • A member of University management and senate.
  • Develop and manage research and innovations policies.
  • Chair the postgraduate research and innovations.

June 2012 - July 2016:  Head, Social Research Dept. ITFC –Mbarara University.           

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Take a lead role in ITFC’s social sciences research and data management in the region.
  • Provide leadership in research planning, management, project implementation and administration at the Institute
  • Take a lead role in guiding postgraduate researchers and interns in socio-economic studies and research
  • Coordinate communications among project partners as required for effective management, stakeholder engagement and impact
  • Staff management: identify, employ and train local field assistants for the field surveys, manage the research team on a daily basis
  • Manage the budgets of the international and local projects and work with ITFC’s Finance and Administrative Officer on ensuring accountability and financial reporting.
  • Responsible for arrangements of and logistical planning for the field surveys including transport and supplies
  • Ensure the completion of research activities in accordance with the respective programmes and budgets
  • Represent ITFC on research activities and more generally when required
  • Lead and contribute to the design of the research by the project team, including workshop preparation and attendance, datasheet design and development of the statistical analyses frameworks
  • Liaise and coordinate research partners and donors in implementing the Institute’s social research projects
  • Design, train for and oversee the implementation of the monitoring and evaluation activities
  • Ensure quality control in the research and monitoring activities at the Institute
  • Liaise with project stakeholders including
  • Maintain high ethical standards regarding the handling of human research
  • Data management and reporting: responsible for data entry and validation, organizing and archiving, and ensure appropriate data analysis
  • Prepare and issue the required research reports, journal articles and conference presentations at relevant for a
  • Protect the institute’s intellectual property rights and those of researchers hosted by the institute
  • Reporting and communication on all project related activities for ITFC and partners
  • Help in other activities as required: ensuring the effective functioning of ITFC
  • Contribute to good public relations
  • Support other staff to fulfill their roles and obligations to ITFC 

Aug 2010 to June 2012:  Part-timer lecturer, FDS - Mbarara University  of Science and Technology.          

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teach students in Tutorials and assigned course units.
  • Conduct Research on research collaborations with western Universities like Harvard and Tilburg
  • Train local communities on FDS-Community outreach program
  • Research assistant to faculty researches
  • Any other duty assigned to me by the Dean-FDS
  • Writing minutes and reports on community outreach programs like community peace program
  • Writing proposals on different initiatives at the faculty
  • Being on core research team for the faculty collaborations.
  • Supervise assigned students

July 2009 to Aug 2010:  Teaching Assistant, FDS -Mbarara University of Science and Technology.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist Senior staff in marking scripts
  • Teach students in Tutorials and assigned course units and assisting staff on sabbatical.
  • Conduct Research on research collaborations with western Universities like Harvard and Tilburg
  • Train local communities on FDS-Community outreach program
  • Research assistant to faculty researches
  • Any other duty assigned to me by the Dean-FDS

2010 - 2012: Head of Department -Dev't Studies, Kampala International University. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supervise lecturers in the department of Development Studies in executing their intellectual work
  • Prepare department work plans and targets
  • Chair departmental meetings and forum
  • Teach students in assigned course units (Human rights and Development; Diplomacy: Theory and Practice, Peace Maintenance and Conflict Resolution; Gender and Development).
  • Conduct Research for the faculty in my field of study-Resource based conflict and management
  • Any other duty assigned to me by the Dean-FDS
  • Writing proposals on different initiatives at the faculty
  • Being on core research team for the faculty collaborations.
  • Staff representative
  • Supervising students for research projects

May2010-Jan 2011:  Head Teacher , Kent Foundation College. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • In charge of overall management and administration of the school
  • Writing proposals for funding
  • Supervising teachers to do their role well
  • Board member and managing coordinator for Kent Foundation Institute

Sept 2006 to Jan 2009:  Independent observer at They have a safe haven Inc (BMC Canada Sponsorship Program).

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Coordinating with the BMC management on development matters pertaining to the sponsorship activities in Uganda.
  • Making timely reports on the sponsorship program.
  • Corresponding with sponsors on children’s letters and updates by submitting them in time.
  • Working hard for the attainment of the company’s goals, mission and objectives.
  • Monitoring sponsored children on education progress and others aspects of child growth.
  • Providing guidance and counselling to sponsored students. 

April 2005 - Sept 2006:  Child Community Dev’t Officer at Kinoni CDC, Compassion International (Child Development ministry).

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Supervise and monitor community development programs implemented by Compassion International in Kinoni.
  • To help communities to identify and use locally available resources to address priority community needs.
  • To build strategic contacts and networks for Compassion’s development, relief and advocacy work to be implemented in such selected communities.
  • To participate in intensive learning on child development’s vision, mission, core values, development philosophy and ethos.
  • To conduct research to support Compassion development, relief and advocacy strategies.
  • To teach children in four aspects of life as economic, social, physical and spiritual.
  • To teach children to correspond to their sponsors in time as per schedule lay out through letter writing &  updates.
  • To prepare all donor financial and other narrative reports as required by management.
  • To prepare monthly, mid-term and end of term activity reports.
  • To enhance a harmonious relationship with sponsors and donors.
  • Keep project information up-to-date with country office.
  • Planning and coordinating health screening for project children.

Aug 2004- April 2005:   High school Teacher, Bishop McAllister College. 

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Conduct teaching of classes allocated by exhibiting professional ability.
  • Supervise Evening and morning preps.
  • Carry out health inspections on Saturdays at house levels.
  • Make week reports while on duty.
  • Care taker class teacher Senior six.
  • Do any other assigned role by the management.

May 2004-Sept 04:  Practice teacher, Butsibo Secondary School. 

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Teach classes assigned to me by the Headmaster.
  • Teacher in charge of students’ discipline
  • Conduct evening and morning prep supervision
  • Any other duty assigned to me by the Headmaster

 Jan 2002 - Sept 2002:  Librarian Bishop McAllister College.                          

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Keeping track of records for in stock and out stock books
  • Supervising & monitoring students by ensuring proper use of library.
  • Making monthly reports on library use.

 OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES HELD

  • Associate Director-Research, Innovation and Extensions (KIU)-November 2015 - November 2017)
  • Senior Consultant Social Research-Institute of Tropical Forect Conservation (July 2016 to date)
  • Secretariat of the University Policies Committee-Mbarara University of Science and Technology
  • Vice Chairman University Council-Ankole Western University (From June 2018-to-date)
  • Chairman Board of Appointments, Staff Welfare and Promotions-Ankole Western University (From June 2018 to date)
  • Vice Chairman Board of Governors for Ruharo Vocational Training School, Ankole Diocese (From December 2017 to-date)
  • Chairperson of the Academics Board-Ruharo Vocational Training School (From December 2017 to-date)
  • Board member- Board of Health-West Ankole Diocese (From November 2017 to-date)
  • Board member-Katungu Mission Hospital, West Ankole Diocese (From November 2017 to-date)
  • Project coordinator and Lead Researcher-Conservation Through Poverty Alleviation (Funded by International Institute for Environment and Development and Darwin Initiatives, UK (April 2012 –present)
  • Research Coordinator, NUFFIC Project-Mbarara University of Science and Technology on Maternal and Child Health in South Western Uganda (January-June 2012)
  •   Research core team member Mbarara University of Science and Technology, IITR Land governance unit, Mbarara (May 2011-present)
  •   Research, Monitoring and Evaluation leader for Batwa Cultural Values Project at Bwindi and Semliki National Parks, (April 2012-present)
  • Planning Committee Member of Nkuringo Buffer Zone Land Management Board, Kisoro (November 2013 -present)
  • Strategic planning committee member (May 2014 to date) for the Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation
  • Sponsorship Coordinator-Canadian Child Sponsorship Program-Bishop McAllister College Kyogyera, Bushenyi (2006-2009)
  • Member-Uganda Poverty and Conservation Learning Group, Uganda (January 2013-present)
  • School Management Chairman Nyakayojo Primary School-Sheema District (January 2009-present)
  • Guild President National Teachers’ College Kabale, (July 2003-2004)
  • Ag. Vice Chairman Western Inter University Guild Association,Uganda (2003-2004)
  • Internal Auditor-Child Development Ministry Ankole Diocese, (2005-2006)
  • Speaker Mbarara University Karo Karungi students Association (2006-2009)
  • Chairman &Founder Movement youth league Kabale District (2003-2004).
  • Founder Chairperson Movement Youth league Bushenyi, (2005)
  • Committee member Editorial magazine-Kinoni Integrated P/S (2005)
  • Chairman -Sponsor Donor Ministry Committee-Ankole Diocese (2005).
  • Director Uphill college-Bushenyi District (2005 to date)
  • Bursar Uphill college-Bushenyi District (2005-2006)
  • Sunday School Teacher-St Luke’s Chapel Mbarara University (2006-2009).
  • Head Prefect-Bishop McAllister College (2000-2001).

·                  Selected Publications (2012 to date)

1.     Twinamatsiko, M., Infield M., and Mugisha, A. (2018). Father Forest: Batwa Culture and the Management of National Parks in Uganda’s Albertine Rift. In Cultural and Spiritual Significance of Nature in Protected Areas: Governance, Management and Policy Edited by Bas Verschuuren and Steve Brown. Routledge Taylor and Francis Group (Published).

  1. Twinamatsiko,M., Baker, J., Franks, P., Infield, M., Oolsthom, F., and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., D. (2018). An Overview of Integrated Conservation and Development in Uganda. In Conservation and Development in Uganda, edited by Chris Sandbrook, Connor Joseph Cavanagh and David Mwesigye Tumusiime. Routledge. Taylor and Francis Group (Published).                                                                                                                                                          
  2. Franks, P., and Twinamatsiko, M. (2018). Lessons Learnt from 20 years of Revenue Sharing at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. IIED, London, UK (Published)
  3. Mbabazi, P., Aliguma, W., Muriisa, R., and Twinamatsiko, M. (2017), “Winners and Losers, Contestation over Land in the Advent of Oil Exploration in Uganda” in Hany Gamil Besada (ed.) 2017 Governing Natural Resources for Africa’s Development, Oxford, Routledge (Published)                                                                                       
  4. Harrison, M., Baker, J., Twinamatsiko, M., Milner-Gulland, E.J. (2015).  Understanding the Profiles and Motivations of Resource Users and Local Perceptions of Governance at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda (Published), Conservation Biology (Published)                                                                                                        
  5. Twinamatsiko, M., Kagoro-Rugunda, G., Basheka, B., & De Herdt, T. (2015). Can Governance in Revenue Sharing be a Pathway for a Win-Win Situation between People’s Livelihood Improvement and Conservation? Journal for Social Sciences Research, 8 (1), 1437-1453 (Published)                                                            
  6. Twinamatsiko, M., Kagoro-Rugunda, G., Basheka, B., & De Herdt, T. (2015). Does Equity Matter in Natural Resource Benefits? Revenue Sharing Policy Implementation at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. (In press)                                                                                                                                                                                           
  7. Bitariho R., Kasangaki A., Twinamatsiko M., &  Ayebare, A (2015). A scoping Study of the Hydrological Systems in and Around Lake Edward Basin. Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation, Mbarara University of Science and Technology. Itfc.must.ac.ug/sites/default/files/publications                                                                    
  8. Bitariho R., Kasangaki A., Twinamatsiko M., &  Ayebare, A (2015). A Survey Report of the Hydrological Systems in the Great Virunga Landscape (Uganda, Rwanda and DRC). Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation, Mbarara University of Science and Technology. Itfc.must.ac.ug/sites/default/files/publications.                                                                                                                     
  9. Twinamatsiko,M., Baker, J., Harrison, M.,Shirkhorshidi, M.,Bitariho, R.,Weiland, M., Asuma, S., Milner-Gulland, E.J.,Franks, P., Roe, D. (2014). Linking Conservation, Equity and Poverty Alleviation. Understanding the Profiles and Motivations of Resource Users and Local Perceptions of Governance at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. IIED, London. (Published)                                                                         
  10. Twinamatsiko, M., Bitariho, R., & Nyakato, V. (2014). Women in Conservation: Let women benefit from ecotourism revenues - the environment will benefit, too. Birdlife International. (Published)                                         
  11. Muriisa, R.K., Mbabazi, P.K. & Twinamatsiko, M. (2014). International Land Deals in Eastern and Southern Africa. Land Deals in Uganda: An Invisible Hand in Land Grabbing and Rural Development, OSSREA (Published).                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  12. Baker, J, Bitariho, R, Gordon-Maclean, A, Kasoma, P, Roe, D, Sheil, D, Twinamatsiko, M, Tumushabe, G, van Heist, M & M. Weiland (2013). Linking Protected Area Conservation with Poverty Alleviation in Uganda: Integrated conservation and Development at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Nova Science Publishers, Inc, New York (Published).                                                                                                                                    
  13. Twinamatsiko, M. (2013). Resource Based Conflicts and Pastoral Community Livelihoods. The interface of Basongora’s search for livelihood around Queen Elizabeth National Park.  (Published).                                                
  14. Twinamatsiko, M., Kagoro, G., & Baker, J. (2013) Understanding the governance aspect in collaborative forest management. Experiences of revenue sharing at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Working paper.                  
  15. Twinamatsiko, M., & Muchunguzi, C. (2012). The Rights of the Minorities Amidst Development Policy Interventions. A Case of Basongora Pastoralists around Queen Elizabeth National Park. Lap Publishers, Germany. (Published).

Other key research involvement

  • Have been involved in the development of equity framework in collaboration with the University of Southampton and International Institute of Environment and Development, London.
  • Has led a governance assessment of protected areas (GAPA) exercise to pilot the methodology at Lake Mburo National Park leading a team of other two facilitators. Project funded by Ecosystem Services through Poverty Alleviation (ESPA)https://www.iied.org/understanding-governance-equity-conservation
  • Lead Researcher for Local Economic Development through Gorilla Tourism at Bwindi. A 3-year project (April 2016 to March 2019) sponsored by the Darwin Initiative, UK conducted by the International Institute for Environment and Development, London UK.
  • Core Team member and Researcher of Social Network project (2010-2012)- a research collaboration under MUST/Harvard collaboration that evaluated the management of interventions aiming at strengthening rural livelihoods.
  • Lead researcher and implementer of the monitoring and evaluation framework aimed at strengthening management effectiveness of protected area management in Uganda-Semliki, Bwindi and Mgahinga (2012-2015).
  • Principal evaluator of a 6-year Sustainable Organic Farming Techniques (SOFT) project implemented and hired by CARITAS organization.
  • Principal researcher on designing on M&E framework and evaluation of Batwa Cultural Livelihood project at Bwindi, Mgahinga and Semliki National Parks in Uganda (2012-2015).
  • Lead Researcher on Research to Policy Project: Building Capacity for Conservation through Poverty Alleviation by the International Institute for Environment and Development-London, UK (2012 TO 2015)
  • Lead Researcher on Evaluating Revenue Sharing at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park by the International Institute for Environment and Development-London sponsored by Arcus Foundation, UK (2014-2015)
  • Lead Researcher on Social Assessment for Protected Areas (SAPA) Project at Lake Mburo National Park-Mbarara: Sponsored by the International Institute for Environment and Development-London, UK (2015)
  • Co-researcher in developing an equity framework in protected area management as requested by International Union for Conservation Network (IUCN) (2015-2017)
  • Principal investigator on Resource based conflicts and livelihood of pastoral communities. A case of Basongora pastoralists around Queen Elizabeth National Park (2010-2011).
  • Principal researcher on rights of minorities amidst development policy interventions. A case of Basongora pastoralists in Uganda (2008- 2009).
  • Principal Researcher-Philanthropy to AIDS Orphans as required by TASO Mbarara (2007).
  • Research Assistant on vulnerability and health: Economic Planning and Development in pastoral communities by Amber Pearson (PHD-University of Washington) (2007).
  • Research Assistant on Climate change and variations with Sarah (PHD Candidate from University of Reading-UK (2008).
  •   Research Assistant on Responding to the crisis by Charles Muchunguzi (PHD)-MUST (2006-2007).
  • Research assistant –Deans office Mbarara University on a project with Tilburg University on Improving access to maternal service Delivery –MRRH (2006 TO 2011).
  • Training on international Journal research writing in Nairobi Kenya-British Institute of Eastern Africa and ASUAK (2007).
  • Presented papers to Development Research Institute-Tilburg University-Netherlands on health policy planning and management between November 26, 2011-January 15, 2012 as a fulfillment for PhD admission and was admitted.
  • Presented a paper on the importance of a rights regime in informing conservation policy at the launch of Darwin Initiative project in Kampala from July 12-14, 2012 (Published).
  • Presented a paper on a development studies international conference on the dynamics of resource based conflicts in Uganda’s protected areas at Lake View Hotel, Mbarara Uganda Nov 11, 2012.
  • Presented papers to the Uganda Poverty and Conservation Learning Group and Media Houses on Building Capacity for Conservation Through Poverty Alleviation between February 20-22, 2013. Organised by ACODE, Kampala Uganda (Published).
  • Presented a paper at MUST annual dissemination conference on Poverty, Resource use and Conservation held at Lake View Hotel, Mbarara Uganda Nov 14, 2013

Papers Reviewed

  • Participation of women’s and youth’s participation in home garden bee farming for biodiversity conservation within and around Arumeru district forest protected areas, Tanzania. Moivaro Jitegemee Farming Group in collaboration with Nelson Mandela Institute for Science and Technology (NM-IST)-Arusha (Collaborative Research Papers for RNCEAR).
  • Impact of Community Conservation Interventions on Park Preservation: Case studies from Nyungwe and Kibira National Parks Kitabi College of Conservation and Environmental Management (KCCEM)-Rwanda Development Board (RDB) Tourism & Conservation B.P 330 Huye, Rwanda (Collaborative Research Papers for RNCEAR).
  • Extent and patterns of illegal water collection from the VNP by neighboring communities. The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International/ Karisoke Research Center (Collaborative Research Papers for RNCEAR).
  • The Activities of NGOs towards Women Empowerment in Uganda. Kampala International University paper.
  • The Invisible Hand in Land Grabbing in Uganda. Mbarara University of Science and Technology/OSSREA research grant.

Grants and scholarships won

  • Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (USD 110,737.88). Enhancing Biodiversity Conservation at Bwindi. A Batwa Cultural Co-Management Approach (July 01, 2018 to October 31, 2019).
  • Darwin Initiative responsible tourism grant (USD 220,000). Local Economic Development through Gorilla Tourism at Bwindi. With the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation (ITFC), Responsible Tourism Partnership and International Gorilla Conservation Program (IGCP) (April 2016 to March 2019).
  • IFAD Indigenous People’s Assistance Facility Grant of USD 39,000 to build the capacity of Batwa Pygmies in Income Generating Enterprises using a Cultural Values Approach at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park-Uganda (2015).
  • Arcus Foundation and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Research Grant of USD 22,612 to evaluate Revenue Sharing at Bwindi entitled “Great Apes Conservation and Revenue Sharing project” (2015).
  • Birdlife International and Conservation International. Research grant of USD 15000 on Involvement of Women in Integrated Conservation and Development Policies with a Major Focus on Tourism Revenue at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (2014 to 2015).
  • VLIR-UOS Second Harvest Grant. Short Research Stay to Complete PhD at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. (2014/2015).
  • Great Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC). Research grant of USD 100,039 to conduct a survey of hydrological systems in the Great Virunga Landscape: Water demand and supply in and around Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Echuya Central Forest Landscapes (December 2013).
  • Bwindi Mgahinga Conservation Trust fund of 20,000,000ushs for assessing how indigenous knowledge and cultural values of local people around Mgahinga and Bwindi Conservation Area can be incorporated into park management (August 2013).
  • Organisation of Social Science Research in East Africa (OSSREA). Research grant of USD 10,000 to conduct a study on foreign land acquisition in developing countries looking at a theme; the invisible hand in land grabbing. Challenges and Opportunities for rural Transformation and International Cooperation (August 2011).
  • Government of Uganda (GoU) Government scholarship to undertake Diploma in Education secondary (Kyambogo University) August 2002-August 2004

Papers Presented at International and National Workshops and Conferences

Enhanced Equity and Governance, Reduced Unauthorized Resource Use at Uganda’s Protected Areas. A paper presented at the University of Oxford in United Kingdom between October 15, 2018

Enhanced Equity and Governance, Reduced Unauthorized Resource Use at Uganda’s Protected Areas. A poster presentation at the London 2018 International Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade, London October 11-12, 2018

Linking Conservation to the Implementation of Revenue Sharing policy on Livelihood Improvement of People Boardering Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. University of Antwerp, PhD seminar series. April 15, 2015. 

Equity in Protected Area conservation: Lessons from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Experts’ Workshop on Equity in Protected Area Management. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London, United Kingdom. March 24-27, 2015

PhD Symposium at IOB University of Antwerp led by Prof. Melissa Leach. Linking Conservation to the Implementation of Revenue Sharing policy on Livelihood Improvement of People Boardering Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerp-Belgium, March 31, 2015

Multilevel Governance in Protected Area Management. Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerp-Belgium, February 19, 2015

Policy advocacy workshop for Uganda Poverty and Conservation Learning Group (UPCLG) organized by ACODE (September, 2014). Metropole, Bugolobi- Kampala

The 1st International Conference on Technology and Management (ICTM) organized by Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU). Improving Service Delivery through ICT and Management Revitalization. August 03-05, 2014.

Launching of R2P report and public talk organized by Nature Uganda and UPCLG (September, 2014). Uganda Museum

Policy advocacy meeting for Uganda Poverty and Conservation Learning Group (UPCLG) organized by UPCLG (June, 2014). UWEC, Entebbe

Presented a paper on the importance of a rights regime in informing conservation policy at the launch of Darwin Initiative project in Kampala from July 12-14, 2012 Inception workshop. Faculty of Forestry MUK-Kampala (Published).

Presented a paper on a development studies international conference on the dynamics of resource based conflicts in Uganda’s protected areas at Lake View Hotel, Mbarara Uganda Nov 11, 2012.

Presented papers to the Uganda Poverty and Conservation Learning Group and Media Houses on Building Capacity for Conservation Through Poverty Alleviation between February 20-22, 2013. Organised by ACODE, Kampala Uganda (Published)

Uganda Wildlife Authority Mini-workshop in Buhoma with Community Conservation and Law Enforcement Rangers (August 06, 2013)

Capacity Building on Policy and Research Update Workshop for Uganda Poverty and Conservation Learning Group (UPCLG) organised by ACODE (February 20-22, 2013). Silver Springs, Bugolobi- Kampala

Local research update organised by the Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation, Ruhija-Bwindi (March 12, 2013)

Students Supervision

Postgraduate

Juliet Ntamubona (2012/PhD/001/PS):Back to the Grassroots: The role of women councilors in Facilitating the empowerment of Grassroots women in Uganda (At data collection level). 

James Musinguzi (2015/PhD/060/PS): Evaluating the Efficacy of Institutional Systems in the Management of Wildlife Trade in Uganda. (At thesis level)

Ovia Kyatuha Mwisaka (2013/PhD/043/PS): Bureaucracy and Decision making in public and private Universities in Uganda: A comparative study (completed).

Stephen Bugabo (2017/PhD-MUST): Forest Governance and Community Based Conservation of Bamboo in Echuya Central Forest Reserve, South Western Uganda (2017-Proposal level)

Donath Asimire (2017/PhD BSU): The implication of Gender on Social Family Institutions in South Western Uganda. Bishop Stuart University, Mbarara (2017-Proposal Level)

Mildred Akandinda (PhD-DS/8159/163/DU): Intra-Household Gender Relations and Rural Women’s Livelihoods in Kigezi Region. Kampala International University (2016-proposal level)

Stella Hope Auno (PhD-BM/8179/163/DU); Evaluating the Role of Northern Uganda Social Action Fund on Intra-Household Income of Selected Communities in Northern Uganda. Kampala International University (2016-proposal level)

Dafiewhare Ogaga Augustina (PhD-MEMA/8162/163/DU); Use of Time and Academic Performance in Bushenyi District. Kampala International University (2016-proposal level)

Joseph Lubega (MADS/6131/162/DU); Community Based Tourism Enterprises and their Role of Community Livelihoods of People Bordering Queen Elizabeth National Park-Uganda. Kampala International University (2016-proposal level)

Emmyline Twinamatsiko (MAPAM/153/DU): Decentralization Policy Implementation and Maternal Health Care in Kanungu District. Kampala International University. (2016-proposal level)

George Mugarukye (MAPAM/0001/131/DU); Conflict Management Approaches and Striking in Selected Secondary Schools in Mbarara Municipality, Uganda. Kampala International University (2016)

Isabella Vannucchi (MA African Studies); Power and Human Gorilla Relationship in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Different Agencies, Different Relationships. Leiden University, Netherlands (2016 ongoing)

Nicholas Ahabwe (MADS/0001/122/DU); The Effect of Small Scale Enterprises on Environmental Management. A Case Study of Kabwohe-Itendero Town Council. Kampala International University (2016)

Mildred Akandinda (MADS/0001/113/DU); Non-Governmental Organisations and Women Health Empowerment. A Case Study of Building Resources across Communities (BRAC) and Save for Health Uganda (SHU) - Bushenyi District. Kampala International University (2013)

Ibrahim Kibirige (MAPAM/0008/102/DU; Leadership Styles and Employee Performance. A Case Study of Kampala International University Western Campus. Kampala International University (2014)

Undergraduate

Robert Akena 2009/BDS/069/PS; The Challenges Facing Former IDPs’ In Their Return Process In Northern Uganda: A Case Study of Unyama Sub-County, Gulu District. Mbarara University of Science and Technology (2011)

Josephine Arinaitwe (2009/BDS/440/PS); The contribution of Local Leaders in Solving Constant Social Conflicts in Nyakayojo Sub County” Mbarara University of Science and Technology (2011)

Edith Nirere; The role of Genocide Survivor Associations towards promoting unity and reconciliation in Rwanda. Kampala International University (2011)\

Barbra Nshuti (2009/BDS/479/PS); The effect of repatriation of refugees in Rwanda. Mbarara University of Science and Technology (2012)

Edwin Nakawesa (2009/BDS/287/PS); The contribution of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on the welfare of refugees. A case study of Nakivale Refugee Settlement. Undergraduate dissertation. Mbarara University of Science and Technology (2012)

Stephen Baguma (2009/BDS/121/PS). Minority groups and their livelihood survival. A case of Banyabindi in Kasese District (2012)

Georgia Birungi (2009/BDS/137/PS) The effect of early pregnancies on primary school performance in Buyanja Subcounty-Rukungiri. Mbarara University of Science and Technology (2012)

Kellen Ainomugisha (2009/BDS/070/PS); Tea outgrowing and socioeconomic development in Kyamuhunga. Mbarara University of Science and Technology (2012)

Bill Ivan Tumwiine (2009/BDS/388/PS); Refugee-Local Community Conflicts and community welfare in Nakivale-Isingiro District. Mbarara University of Science and Technology (2012)

Doreen Eryenyu (2009/BDS/154/PS); Undergraduate dissertation. Mbarara University of Science and Technology (2012)

Agatha Atukunda (2009/BDS/097/PS) Undergraduate dissertation. Mbarara University of Science and Technology (2012)

Kizito Otika (2009/BDS/353/PS); Undergraduate dissertation. Mbarara University of Science and Technology (2012)

Andrew Muhumuza (2009/BDS/467/PS); Undergraduate dissertation. Mbarara University of Science and Technology (2012)

Fred Monday (2009/BDS/240/PS); Undergraduate dissertation. Mbarara University of Science and Technology (2012)

Hillary Atuhaire (2009/BDS/090/PS); Undergraduate dissertation. Mbarara University of Science and Technology (2012)

Apolot Jesca (2009/BDS/010); Undergraduate dissertation. Mbarara University of Science and Technology (2012)

Juliet Nahwera (2009/BDS/282/PS); Undergraduate dissertation. Mbarara University of Science and Technology (2012)

Other students include;

Peninah Muhindo-Undergraduate-Kampala International University (2013)

Deus-Undergraduate –Kampala International University (2012)

Byabagambi –Undergraduate-Kampala International University (2011)

SPECIFIC COURSES TAUGHT

  • Environmental Management and Sustainable Development (Graduate Course and Undergraduate)
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (Graduate Course)
  • Environmental Laws and Policies (Graduate Course)
  • Development Policy Analysis and Management (Graduate Course)
  • Conservation Policy and Planning (Graduate Course)
  • Human Rights and Development (Graduate Course)
  • Conflict Prevention & Peace Building Studies (Graduate Course and Undergraduate Course)
  • Constitutionalism in Uganda (Undergraduate Course)
  • Behavioral Science (Undergraduate Course)
  • Contemporary Development Theories & Practice (Graduate Course)
  • Development Planning in Uganda (Graduate Course)
  • Gender & Development (Undergraduate Course)
  •  Political Economy of Development (Undergraduate Course)
  •  Political Economy of Transformation in Uganda (Undergraduate Course)
  • Diplomacy: Theory and Practice (Undergraduate Course)
  • Refugees and Migration Studies (Undergraduate Course)
  • Population Studies (Undergraduate Course)
  • Qualitative Research Methodology (Undergraduate Course)

                                                                       LANGUAGES

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English

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Runyakitara

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Luganda

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REFEREES

        Prof. Nixon Kamukama 

         Deputy Vice Chancellor -Academic Affairs. 

         Mbarara University of Science and Technology.         

         P.O Box 1410. 

        Tel: +256 772447066     

         Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

Rt. Rev. Johnson Twinomujuni 

Bishop West Ankole Diocese,

Former Chaplain Mbarara University of Science and Technology.

Tel: 0782987325; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Prof. Patrick Kyamanywa

Deputy Vice Chancellor-Kampala International University Western Campus.

P.O Box 71 Bushenyi.

Tel: 0772445956; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Prof. Douglas Sheil

Former Director Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation-Mbarara University of Science and Technology.

Now Professor at Norwegian University of Life Sciences Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

                 

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