Jeremiah Asaka, doctoral candidate in the Global Governance and Human Security PhD Program and Coasts and Communities fellow, is conducting field work in the northern rangelands of Kenya. Data collection for his PhD is designed to cover global and local levels. The fieldwork underway in Kenya is primarily for local level data collection and expected to run till August 2016. Thereafter, he will embark on global level data collection, which is slated for the period between mid-September and mid-December 2016.
The local level study area is Samburu County of Kenya, which is located in the country’s northern rangelands. Asaka is interested in understanding the human security implications of transformations in conservation governance for conservation area communities.
The PhD research has been authorized in the United States by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston) and in Kenya by the National Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI).
In Kenya, he is hosted by the University of Nairobi under the supervision of Prof. Alice Oluoko-Odingo of the Institution’s Geography and Environmental Studies Department. She also serves as an external member of Jeremiah's dissertation committee. Prof. Tim Shaw is the chair of the dissertation committee, which includes Prof. Jane Parpart and Prof. Heidi Gengenbach as members.
Asaka's fieldwork in Kenya is funded by UMass Boston’s National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) fellowship. University of Nairobi is a partner institution of the IGERT program.