The Team

Principal investigator

Dr. Michael Mikulewicz

Principal Investigator

Centre for Climate Justice,
Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU)

Michael is a human geographer with research expertise in climate justice, adaptation to climate change, resilience, and vulnerability, with his research firmly embedded within critical social theory. Michael obtained his PhD in Human Geography from the University of Manchester. His doctoral thesis investigated the post-politics of adaptation to climate change in sub-Saharan Africa. Michael has published in a number of academic journals including the Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Geoforum, New Political Economy, Area, The Lancet Planetary Health and Climate and Development. Michael is also assistant editor of The Routledge Handbook of Climate Justice and co-editor of the upcoming Political Geography journal special issue on the geographies of climate justice. He previously worked as a Project Associate for the Center for Sustainable Energy in San Diego, California.

Co-Investigators - Country Leads

Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management, College of Science and Technology, University of Rwanda (UR)

Beth Kaplin is Director of the Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management and Professor of conservation science at University of Rwanda. She is also a Research Professor in School for the Environment at University of Massachusetts- Boston, USA.  Her research focused on the relationship between biodiversity, humans and the maintenance of ecosystem functioning. Biodiversity loss and climate change are two of the greatest challenges facing humans today. Kaplin’s projects revolve around how biodiversity supports ecological processes and climate resilience, and how human activities interact with these processes. Much of her work is focused in the Albertine Rift in east and central Africa, a region of isolated tropical montane forest islands possessing high biodiversity, a rich evolutionary history, very high human population densities, and a history of colonialism which has influenced the regions ability to effectively manage its landscapes and biodiversity. Her main study site is the Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda, where she has worked since 1990.

Prof. Beth Kaplin

Co-Investigator, Rwanda Lead

Prof. Beth Kaplin

Co-Investigator, Rwanda Lead

Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management, College of Science and Technology, University of Rwanda (UR)

Beth Kaplin is Director of the Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management and Professor of conservation science at University of Rwanda. She is also a Research Professor in School for the Environment at University of Massachusetts- Boston, USA.  Her research focused on the relationship between biodiversity, humans and the maintenance of ecosystem functioning. Biodiversity loss and climate change are two of the greatest challenges facing humans today. Kaplin’s projects revolve around how biodiversity supports ecological processes and climate resilience, and how human activities interact with these processes. Much of her work is focused in the Albertine Rift in east and central Africa, a region of isolated tropical montane forest islands possessing high biodiversity, a rich evolutionary history, very high human population densities, and a history of colonialism which has influenced the regions ability to effectively manage its landscapes and biodiversity. Her main study site is the Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda, where she has worked since 1990.

Dr. Griphin Chirambo

Co-Investigator, Malawi Lead

Mzuzu University, Malawi

Griphin Baxter Chirambo is current head of department of Nursing and Midwifery in the faculty of Health Sciences, and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery at Mzuzu University. He is a public Health specialist with focus on mHealth. He is also a Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing specialist. He is a member of the Irish GP & Public Health Research Group. GBC is trained in conducting clinical trials and recently was involved in conducting a clinical trial in the use of mHealth technologies in the treatment of under-five children in Northern Malawi. He is also coordinating the Malawi e-Health Research Centre (Housed at Mzuzu University campus) in collaboration with the Irish Partners at the University College Cork. GBC is a seasoned academic and higher education institution manager. Before joining Mzuzu University in 2009, he was working with the Hospitaler order of St John of God in Malawi.

Co-Investigators

Dr. Sennan Mattar

Co-Investigator

Centre for Climate Justice, Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU)

Sennan has a background in environmental science. His research focuses on climate-induced migration and his PhD thesis, submitted in 2019, investigates migration patterns and daily life within informal settlements in Zambia from a climate justice perspective. Sennan co-authored a chapter on climate migration in the Routledge Handbook of Climate Justice. He lectures on migration and environmental issues as part of the MSc Climate Justice programme. He regularly organises workshops and seminars to exchange knowledge about the work of the Centre for Climate Justice.

Dr. Richard Nduwayezu

Project Ethics Lead

School of Medicine and Pharmacy, College of Medicine and Health Science, University of Rwanda (UR)

Richard Nduwayezu is a Medical Doctor from Rwanda. His research interest focuses on Zoonotic Diseases mainly Snake Envenomation and Rabies, One Health approach and access to healthcare especially in underprivileged communities. He serves as the Head of Department of Primary Health Care at University of Rwanda and Lecturer of Social and Community Medicine. He graduated with a Master of Sciences in Global Health Delivery from the University of Global Health Equity, Rwanda.  Prior to this, Richard was a Global Health Corps Fellow, serving as the Clinical Services Associate at Health Builders where his primary role was to support Health Builders working to advance health management activities to improve the provision of basic, primary health care by advising field-based staff on how to refine health center-based management interventions. Richard is a One Health Fellow and currently undertaking a fellowship in Medical education and Research through FAIMER institute, Philadelphia, USA.

Dr. Laine Munir

Project’s Gender Equality Officer

Centre for Climate Justice, Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU)

Laine Munir is a political anthropologist leading interdisciplinary research and teaching in gender, law, and environmental conflict in Africa. She is a Senior Research Fellow in the Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management at the University of Rwanda and she teaches Global Challenges at African Leadership University. She is currently writing a Harry Frank Guggenhim-funded book on the gender dynamics of the Rwandan mining sector. She holds a Ph.D. in Law and Society from New York University and a M.A. in Human Rights from Columbia University. She was a Research Fellow with the George Mason University in Korea, and an Education Volunteer with the Peace Corps in Mozambique. Her work can be found on her website, www.developingworldpolitics.com.

Dr. Alfred Bizoza

Co-Investigator

Rural Development and Agricultural Economics,
College of Agriculture, Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine,
University of Rwanda (UR)

Alfred R. Bizoza  is a PhD holder and an Associate Professor in Agricultural Economics from the University of Rwanda (UR) with extensive academic and policy research experience in areas of Agricultural Economics, Institutional Economics of Soil and Water Conservation, Economics of Land, and Economics of Climate Change Adaptation. He has also served as the Director of Research at the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research during 2014-2017. He served as a Senior Research Adviser for the LAND Project funded by USAID after being the Director of the Consultancy Bureau of UR. He joined Wageningen University in the Netherlands as a PhD candidate in January 2007 and completed his PhD in June 2011. He served as a Visiting Scholar at the International Institute of Agriculture (IIA), Michigan State University, USA in 2009 and at Cambridge University in 2017 for his post-doctoral research. He has combined his academic and policy research which allowed him to publish and present about 60 research papers   and to contribute to the drafting of various policies and national reports in Rwanda and in other parts of Africa. In addition to the above, Bizoza served as an Economist Board Member at the National Bank of Rwanda upon appointment by the Government’s Cabinet during 2013-2018.

Dr. Egide Kalisa

Co-investigator

Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management,
University of Rwanda (UR)

Dr Kalisa is currently a Postdoc at the University of Toronto in Canada in the Centre for Urban Environments. He obtained a PhD in Health and Environmental Science at the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand and MSc Air Pollution Management and Control obtained from the University of Birmingham in the UK. His specific areas of focus are Air Pollution and Health Impacts, Environmental Noise Pollution, Bioaerosol and Air Quality, and Heatwaves. He has considerable experience working with multidisciplinary and international research teams, and his commitment to a scientific career has driven him to lead the nascent field of air quality research in sub-Saharan Africa. His current projects are children’s exposure to ambient air pollution at school in Rwanda and in Canada, and Interdependence of Indoor and outdoor air pollution in Rwanda households.

Dr. Simon Mkamanga

Co-investigator

University of Livingstonia, Malawi

Simon Mkamanga has vast experience in social science research and practical community development work in Malawi and beyond. In the last 22 years he has worked with International NGOs including the World Bank, World Vision International and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). He has also worked with local NGOs including the Association of Christian Educators in Malawi (ACEM) and the Baptist Convention of Malawi (BACOMA). In 2016 he worked on the Universities of Oxford and Cape Town Research Project in the Eastern Cape of South Africa as the Project Manager. He trained at Mzuzu University (MZUNI) and Uganda Martyrs University (UMU) where he obtained a Master of Arts in Development Studies with a distinction. Currently he is the Head Development Studies at University of Livingstonia (UNILIA). He joined the University of Livingstonia from Blantyre International University (BIU) where he lectured and was head of the Department of Politics and Education. His research interests include the impacts of climate change on rural communities, public policy, community mobilization, community psychology, and indigenous knowledge and education.

Prof. Tahseen Jafry

Advisory role

Centre for Climate Justice, Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU))

Professor Jafry leads the pioneering Centre for Climate Justice at Glasgow Caledonian University. Her research interests include the justice and equity aspects of climate change, gender and poverty targeting, the management of natural resources, the geo-political nature of climate justice and the psycho-social impacts of climate change. Tahseen is a qualified engineer and social scientist and has over two decades of research and development experience. She lectures in environmental management, sustainability and climate justice and supervises Masters and doctoral theses.

Research Assistants

Eilidh Watson

Research Assistant - Scotland

Centre for Climate Justice,
Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU),
Scotland
 

Eilidh has a background in environmental science and geography and was awarded a distinction in MSc Environmental Management – Energy, from the University of Stirling in 2018. Eilidh is currently in her third year of her PhD where she is exploring Climate Justice and Energy Justice issues for women in rural Malawi. Alongside her PhD, Eilidh is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and works as a post graduate teaching assistant for the MSc Climate Justice programme at GCU. 

In 2019 she was the Editor in Chief of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society’s Young Geographer Magazine where she produced a magazine focusing on Arctic Issues and Climate Change, showcasing young voices and perspectives from Scotland and beyond.

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Gracious S. Kumwanje

Research Assistant - Malawi

Research Department,
University of Livingstonia (UNILIA),
Malawi

Gracious has a Bachelor’s of science in Community Health and Development obtain at Great Lakes University of Kisumu (GLUK), Kenya in 2018. Since 2018 he has been working in University of Livingstonia (UNILIA) as a Research Assistant, he has co-developed two projects: A Systematic Review Project on Diabetes Knowledge by Service Provides in Low and Middle Income Countries in 2019 and A Non-communicable Disease Care Situation Analysis in three hospitals of Mzuzu city, Malawi in 2019. As a Research Assistant, some of his core duties are organizing symposiums, conferences, workshops and book launches. In 2020 he was trained by the National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST) as an administrator of Research Ethics Committee, he is an administrator of UNILIA Research Ethics Committee, a book editor for Livingstonia Press.

Ange Sandrine Uwisanze

Research Assistant - Rwanda

Rwanda Village Community Promoters,
Rwanda

Sandrine has a background in public health and qualitative research. At Girl Effect Rwanda, she worked on different research projects focusing on the issues of adolescent girls in Rwanda. In 2014, Sandrine was certified as a qualitative researcher by the Market Research Society. She received her Master’s degree in Global Health Policy from the University of Edinburgh and she holds a Bachelor’s degree in both Public Health and International Studies from Muhlenberg College. Her interest lies in global health equity and research in social sciences.

J. Damascene Nzabakiriraho

Research Assistant - Rwanda

Rwanda Village Community Promoters,
Rwanda

Jean Damascene has a background in Applied Statistics. His research interests include survival and disease modeling.  He holds a master of science in Mathematical Sciences for Climate Resilience from African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, with his thesis on geo-statistical modelling of malaria prevalence among under five children in Rwanda aimed at estimating the spatial variations in malaria prevalence at a continuous spatial scale and to quantify the effect climate variables on malaria prevalence. Before proceeding to a master programme, he served as Data Analyst Intern at Airtel Rwanda with daily responsibilities included data analysis and reporting on Key Performance Indicators and Airtel money operations. He also served as Research Intern at University of Rwanda, with responsibilities of data collection, cleaning and analysis of University of Rwanda survey on student admission and registration for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years.

Ethel Chinoko

Research Assistant - Malawi

Mzuzu University,
Malawi

Ethel has a background in health sciences and a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing and midwifery obtained at Mzuzu University (MZUNI) in the year 2019 .Her research focused on knowledge, attitude and practice of HIV counselling and testing among college students at Mzuzu University in Malawi .Participated in a research project in Nkhata Bay District where we were looking causes of malnutrition in under five children in the year 2019. As a research assistant her main work is to organise conferences and workshops. ingston has a background in Public Health. His research focuses on malnutrition in pregnant women and His BSc thesis, submitted to University of Livingstonia in May 2016, exploring Factors contributing to malnutrition in Pregnant women in Rumphi, Malawi. Prior to becoming Research Assistant, he worked as a research coordinator at Life Concern Organisation. Kingston holds BSc. in Public Health from University of Livingstonia.

Kingston Fatizo Chirwa

Research Assistant - Malawi

Research Department, Life Concern Organisation (LICO),
Malawi
Kingston has a background in Public Health. His research focuses on malnutrition in pregnant women and His BSc thesis, submitted to University of Livingstonia in May 2016, exploring Factors contributing to malnutrition in Pregnant women in Rumphi, Malawi. Prior to becoming Research Assistant, he worked as a research coordinator at Life Concern Organisation. Kingston holds BSc. in Public Health from University of Livingstonia.

Partners

Dr. Emmanuel Mashyaka

Rwanda Village Community Promoters

Peter Gondwe

Life Concern, Malawi

Theophile Dusengimana

Ministry of Environment, Rwanda

Dr. Clement Chilima

Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Environment, Malawi

Dr. Collins Mitambo

Ministry of Health and Population, Malawi

Tessa Ferry

Scottish Government Directorate for Energy and Climate Change, UK

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