Scholarship Updates - Directorate of Research & Graduate Studies (DRGS)

Our Research Themes


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
  • Climate change
  • Solid waste management
  • Carbon footprints
  • Air pollution
  • Water
  • Wildlife
  • Fisheries
  • Biological diversity
  • Rising sea levels
  • Soil degradation
  • Environmental policy and law
  • Green business and social enterprises
  • Valuation of Environmental Resources
  • Religion and Environment
  • Innovative models in environmental conservation
  • Ecosystems
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Urbanization and its consequences
  • global warming
  • Energy: Both renewable and non-renewable
  • Forestry
  • Sustainable development goals
  • Biotechnology
  • Desertification,
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Environmental and Risk Communication
  • Environmental Agencies
  • Current trends in environment
Poverty Theme
  • Poverty dynamics
  • Insecurity, risk, and vulnerability and poverty trap
  • Social Exclusion
  • Governance and Poverty
  • Gender dimension of poverty
  • Poverty and labour mobility
  • Policies towards poverty reduction
  • Theology of poverty
  • Effective models of poverty reduction
  • Non-Governmental Organizations impact on poverty
  • Role of enterprises/business in poverty reduction

  • Intergenerational transmission of poverty
  • Accumulation of assets, inequality and poverty
  • Poverty solutions
  • Psychology and poverty
  • Institutions and poverty
  • Current trends in poverty analysis
  • Development communication and poverty
  • Social and biological processes of poverty
  • Disease and poverty