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Welcome to Center for Research, Publications & Consultancy

We warmly welcome you to the Center for Research, Publications, Consultancy & Postgraduate Bureau. Daystar University perceives research as a critical aspect of its mandate given its importance in supporting teaching and coming up with innovations. The research website provides information on publications that may be of interest to the global academic community. You are welcome to visit the section on publications to sample some of the works that may be of interest. Feel free to contact the authors of the various publications for the full papers.


Prof. Michael Bowen - Director


What we do

The Daystar University Charter recognizes research as an integral part of the University’s mission, objectives and functions. The University aims at providing Christian-based higher education training and research for the expansion of God’s Kingdom in Africa and the world. Based at the University’s Nairobi Campus, the Centre primarily has three functions namely:

Academic Research: The Centre promotes research among Daystar University Staff and Faculty by administering the University research funds and providing training in research methodology


Publications: The Centre publishes Perspectives, an academic journal of the University twice a year and undertakes publication of books written by staff and faculty and editing of manuscripts


Consultancy: The Centre undertakes consultancy with organizations, Churches and para-church organizations.

The Center is based on Nairobi campus



  • To generate, store and disseminate knowledge for teaching, ministry and development purposes
  • To encourage and support faculty to write proposals for funding
  • To support faculty and students in data collection, analysis and writing of research reports and papers
  • To facilitate faculty to publish their research output as books, journal articles and other formats
  • To strengthen local and international research and consultancy networks.
  • To continuously improve the capacity of faculty and students in the field of research through relevant trainings
  • To support schools and departments in planning and hosting local and international conferences
  • To manage the University research grant



Research Services

a) Academic Research

  • Generation of Knowledge for teaching purposes through conference presentations, consultancy and publications
  • Provision of academic support to faculty and postgraduate students in all phases of their research: proposal writing, data collection, data analysis and report writing
  • Provision of specialized equipment for field research: audio recorders and transcribing machines
  • Identification, documentation and compilation of academic research.
  • Strengthening of local and international research networks


b) Publication

  • Edit and publish academic publications
  • Host regional and international journals
  • Plan and implement academic conferences and publish proceedings
  • Disseminate research findings
  • Facilitate publications of monographs


c) Research Consultancy

  • Coordinate research projects for local churches, Christian organizations and other community-based organizations
  • Facilitate short courses in Research and Consultancy
  • Host and facilitate local and international visiting researchers in conducting their research projects
  • Monitor and evaluate activities for development projects







Daystar University is re-launching its academic journal Perspectives: An Interdisciplinary Academic Journal of Daystar University. This is an attempt to raise its profile to meet international standards. To ensure this, the University has put in place an editorial board of repute made up of experts who command international respect in their fields of specialisations.

Purpose of the Journal

The Perspective is an interdisciplinary academic journal of Daystar University. Its purpose is to foster a better understanding of the various academic disciplines and professions.




The editor welcomes manuscripts from the following categories: Communication, Language, Linguistics & Literature, Education, Psychology, Community Development, Child Development, Peace and reconciliation, Theology, Business, Economics, Science, and Computer Science. The editor invites original articles that fall within the mission and scope of the Journal. The submitted work should not have been previously published or submitted for publication elsewhere. Publication of abstracts and presentations at conferences do not jeopardize the publication of an article.




The author(s) shall be required to make a declaration that their work has not been published, and is not being considered for publication elsewhere. Further, they should declare that the submitted work is their own and no copyright has been breached in seeking the publication of the article. Moreover, the author(s) should pull down any drafts or abstracts placed on the internet immediately after submitting the work. The author(s) have a responsibility to obtain full permission to use copyrighted material that they may require in their work. Documentary evidence of such a permit may be required.



Author(s) of articles should meet all the three criteria mentioned below. Authorship credit should be based on substantial contribution to:

  • the research design, acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data

  • drafting the article or revising it critically

  • approval of the submitted and final versions of the paper.


The author of an article should make acknowledgements of all significant contributions received from individuals who do not qualify to be author(s) e.g. data analysts, copy typists, translators mentioning the contribution made by each. Where a paper is co-authored, a list of all contributing author(s) should be provided by the corresponding author and should declare that nobody who qualifies to be an author has been excluded from the list. A short description of each author's contribution to the work submitted will be required. The author(s) should also state that their work has been approved by the relevant authorities where such approval is required.



Submitted papers must be the original work of the author(s) and should not violate any existing local and international copyright laws. The copyright of published papers shall be held by Daystar University but author(s) retain the right to use their own work in other publications provided they acknowledge Daystar University as the original publisher.


Review procedure

The authors are advised to ensure that no information in the body of the text or the appendices reveal their identity. When papers are submitted to the peer reviewers, the title page will be removed to conceal their identity. The peer review reports are sent to the editor who removes any information disclosing the identity of the reviewer before forwarding the reports to the authors. Papers submitted will be assigned for peer review to highly competent editors recognised in the areas. The editors will comment on the acceptability of the manuscript within a month of submission. If the papers are accepted, they will be sent back to the authors to implement the revisions suggested by the reviewers. The authors will have 80 days to return the revised paper. After resubmission, the papers will be reevaluated to ascertain that the issues raised by the reviewers have been adequately addressed. The papers may then be accepted for publication or rejected.



We recommend that the work submitted for review should be no more than 6,000 - 7000 words ***(not more than 20 pages single-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman fonts) excluding the appendices.

Title page.

The title page should contain the title of the paper, a list of author(s)' names, their positions and institutional affiliations, the complete address of each author (including the official e- mail) and telephone numbers. For multiple author(s), the first author on the list shall be considered to be the contact person. Any acknowledgement should also be placed in the title page.

First page

The first page should begin with the title of the paper without the author's name and an abstract of no more than 250 words. The abstract should summarize the whole paper and should be double-spaced using12 point New Times Roman fonts.

Body of text

The text of the papers should be double spaced with a minimum of 1 inch left and right margins using 12 point New Times Roman fonts. The headings and paragraphs should not be numbered and should be limited to at most three levels. Main headings should be in bold capital letters and center justified. Second-level headings should in bold with first letter of the key words capitalized and then left justified. Third-level titles should have the first letter of first word capitalized, bold, indented, italicized and running into paragraph.

Figures, tables and footnotes

All illustrations, figures, and tables should be placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. The illustrations, tables and footnotes should be numbered separately. Tables and figures should be labeled using lower case labels. They should not be in bold.

The title of the table or figure should be in lower-case letters. Footnotes should be single spaced and should not be used for citing references. Care should be taken in using footnotes and any pertinent material should be integrated in the main text. The footnotes should be numbered using superscripts. Endnotes should not be used.


Define any technical terms used to make your article have a wide accessibility. Abbreviations should only be used in names of organizations and research instruments but the full name should be used the first time any of these are mentioned. Names of computer software or databases may be abbreviated without writing them in full e.g. SPSS, SAS. In reporting statistics use regular words instead of symbols e.g. write chi-square instead of the symbol. Equations should be kept in the running text and all new terms in the equation defined. Illustrative results should be put in parenthesis and introduced by a complete sentence.

Research Instruments

If research instruments referred to in the paper are not fully reproduced then a note should be inserted in the text indicating the address where they can be obtained.


In writing your article or paper you may refer to other research works which are referred to as in-text citations. The citations should be made in a uniform style using the American Psychological Association (APA) style (6th ed.)with author(s)' names and year in parentheses.


Every work cited in text must have a corresponding reference. The references must be in ascending alphabetical order and should appear at the end of the paper on a separate page. The references should conform to the APA style. For more information please refer to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.).


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).

  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word

  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

  4. The text is double-spaced, uses a Times New Roman 12-point font, employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses), and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the author guidelines.

  6. The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.


Rejected Papers

Papers will be rejected if it they are found to be below the standards set for publication in the journal. Such papers will be returned to the authors with the reviewers’ comments explaining why they have been rejected, such as if the methods used are not clear or are faulty, findings are not supported by the data, or the papers do not contain any new insights or are too sketchy. Rejected papers will not be reevaluated.





Conference Name
   Chancellor's Forum
  Diabetes -'The Silent Killer'
   21st June 2019
   Daystar University
Link to website

Conference Name
   Best Interest of Children in the Justice System - (International Conference)
   17th - 19th August 2016
   Daystar University
Link to website

Conference Name
   3rd East African Communication Association (EACA) Conference
   Communication & Development in Africa in the last 50 years
   9th - 11th Oct 2013
   Daystar University
Link to website




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
  • Ecosystems
  • Climate change
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Urbanization and its consequences
  • Solid waste management
  • Carbon footprints
  • global warming
  • The ozone layer
  • Air pollution
  • Energy: Both renewable and non-renewable
  • Water
  • Forestry
  • Wildlife
  • Fisheries
  • Sustainable development goals
  • Biological diversity
  • Biotechnology
  • Rising sea levels
  • Desertification,
  • Soil degradation
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Environmental policy and law
  • Environmental and Risk Communication
  • Green business and social enterprises
  • Valuation of Environmental Resources
  • Environmental Agencies
  • Religion and Environment
  • Current trends in environment
  • Innovative models in environmental conservation


Poverty Theme

  • Poverty dynamics
  • Intergenerational transmission of poverty
  • Insecurity, risk, and vulnerability and poverty trap
  • Accumulation of assets, inequality and poverty
  • Social Exclusion
  • Poverty solutions
  • Governance and Poverty
  • Gender dimension of poverty
  • Psychology and poverty
  • Poverty and labour mobility
  • Institutions and poverty
  • Policies towards poverty reduction
  • Current trends in poverty analysis
  • Theology of poverty
  • Development communication and poverty
  • Effective models of poverty reduction
  • Social and biological processes of poverty
  • Non-Governmental Organizations impact on poverty
  • Disease and poverty
  • Role of enterprises/business in poverty reduction

Research Staff

Prof. Michael Bowen

Prof. Michael Bowen is an associate professor of Environmental Economics. He holds an MSc. and BSc. in Agricultural Economics. Previously, he was Deputy Director (Quality Assurance) at Daystar University until his appointment as Director Research. His research interests are in the area of environmental economics, agricultural economics, risk analysis and small-scale businesses. He has presented several papers in international conferences and ultimately published them as journal articles or book chapters. Prof. Bowen is a member of Kenya AIDS Research Coordination Mechanism (KARSCOM) under the National AIDS Control Council.

Prof. Bowen is a guest editor for a number of international journals as well as an external examiner for a number of Universities both within and outside Kenya. He has written a number of PhD programmes that are currently running both within and outside Daystar University.

He has supervised several masters students’ theses as well as PhD theses.

Prof. Bowen has taught at undergraduate, Masters and PhD level.

He teaches the following courses; Environmental Economics, Agricultural Economics, Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, Econometrics, Risk Communication, Research Methodology, Managerial Economics, Economics of Industry, Public Finance, Economic Valuation of the Environment, Money and Banking, Statistics, Quantitative Methods and Development Economics.


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