Dr. Eric Mutisya Kioko
Academic education and scientific degrees
- 2013 – 2016: Ph.D. Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Cologne, Germany.Grade: “Magna cum laude” (1,0)
- 2010 – 2012: MA: Culture and Environment in Africa, University of Cologne, Germany. Grade: “Sehr gut” (1,3)
- 2004 – 2008: BA: Anthropology, University of Nairobi, Kenya. Grade: First class honours
International Project Funding
- 2022 -2025: The Volkswagen Foundation, Germany; ‘Local Dynamics and Integration of UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Outstanding Universal Value: Evidence from Cultural Landscapes in Ethiopia and Kenya’. Role: Principal Investigator, Kenya.
- 2021-2024: Danish Fellowship Centre grant, Denmark: “Governing Adaptation Finance for Transformation (GAFT). A comparative study of climate change adaptation implementation in Tanzania and Kenya”. Main partner – Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS). Role: Principal Investigator, Kenya
- 2021-2024: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) grant, UK: “Connecting agropastoral food culture research to livestock commercialisation policy”. Main partner, IDS, UK. Role: Lead Co-Investigator, Kenya
- 2020: Argelander grant, Germany: “Contending with COVID-19 shock in selected African countries: Micro-level evidence from Kenya,Tanzania, Zambia and Namibia”Role: Lead Co-Investigator, Kenya
- 2018 - 2020: German Research Foundation (DFG) grant, Germany: “Future Rural Africa: Future- Making and Social-Ecological Transformation. Project A04; Role: Lead Co-Investigator,Kenya. https://www.crc228.de/projects/project_a04/
- 2013 – 2016: European Commission/Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions/The Innovative Training Networks grant, Germany: ‘Resilience in East African Landscapes (REAL); Role: Junior Research Fellow (PhD grant) . www.real-project.eu; http://www.real-project.eu/category/eric/
- 2010-2012: German Research Foundation (DFG) grant, Germany: “Resilience, Collapse, and Reorganization in Social-Ecological Systems of the African Savannas”. Role: MA grant. www.fg1501db.uni-koeln.de ; http://www.fg1501db.uni-koeln.de/index.php?navi=8&id=23
- Nweke-Eze, C. and Kioko, E.M. (2021, in print). Investors’ sustainability tensions and strategic selectivity in the development of Kenya’s largest geothermal energy plants in Olkaria: in Leal Filho, W., Pretorius, R. and deSousa, L. (eds.) Sustainable Development in Africa: Fostering Sustainability in one the World´s Most Promising Continents. Heidelberg: Springer.
- Kioko E. M. (2021, in print). Forest crime in Africa: actors, markets and complexities linked to illicit trade in sandalwood and rosewood: in Greiner, Van Wolputte, and Bollig (eds) African Futures. Brill (Leiden, Netherlands).
- Müller-Mahn, D. and Kioko, E. M. (2021, in print). COVID-19, Disrupted Futures, and Challenges for African Studies: in Greiner, Van Wolputte, and Bollig (eds.) African Futures. Brill (Leiden, Netherlands).
- Kioko E. M. (2021, in print) Commodifying East Africa’s Sandalwood: Organised crime and community participation in the transnational smuggling of an endangered plant: in Bollig, M., Lendelwo, S., Mosimane, A. & Nghitevelekwa, R. (eds.): Commodifying the ‘Wild’: Conservation, Markets and the Environment in Southern and Eastern Africa. James Currey - Boydell and Brewer Publishers.
- Kioko E. M. and W. Okumu (2021, in print). Ungoverned Spaces and Informalization of Violence. The Case of Kenya Police Reservists (KPRs) in Baragoi: in Sabine Klocke-Daffa and Arne Steinforth (eds.). Challenging Authorities: Ethnographies of Legitimacy and Power in Africa. Palgrave Macmillan.
Stephan, C, Schmidt, M & Kioko, E (2021, in press): Navigating socio-economic pressures in COVID-19 urban Kenya - a relational geographies´ perspective, in Doucet, B, van Melik, R & Filion, P
4(eds.): Global Reflections on Covid-19 and Urban Inequalities. Volume 4: Policy and Planning. Bristol: Policy Press. ISBN 978-1529219043
- Müller-Mahn, D. and Kioko, E. (2021) Rethinking African Futures after COVID-19. Afrika Spectrum: Deutsche Zeitschrift für Gegenwartsbezogene Afrikaforschung. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F00020397211003591 . Open Access.
- Kioko E. M and Chigozie Nweke-Eze (2021, in press) ‘But we cannot do it all’: Investors’ sustainability dilemmas and strategic selectivity in the development of Kenya’s geothermal energy plants in Olkaria. World Sustainability Series (forthcoming in March 2021).
- Kioko E. M. (2021, in press). Forest crime in Africa: actors, markets and complexities linked to illicit trade in sandalwood and rosewood. (Volume on “Future Africa”, proceedings of the ECAS19)
- Kioko E. M. (2021, in press) Commodifying East Africa’s Sandalwood: Organised crime and community participation in the transnational smuggling of an endangered plant. In: Bollig, M., Lendelwo, S., Mosimane, A. & Nghitevelekwa, R. (eds): Commodifying the ‘Wild’: Conservation, Markets and the Environment in Southern and Eastern Africa. James Currey - Boydell and Brewer Publishers (forthcoming)
- Kioko E. M. and W. Okumu (2021, in press). Ungoverned Spaces and Informalization of Violence. The Case of Kenya Police Reservists (KPRs) in Baragoi, In: Sabine Klocke-Daffa and Arne Steinforth (eds). Challenging Authorities (forth coming).
- Müller-Mahn, D., Mkutu, K., Kioko, E. (2020, in press) Mega-projects – mega-failures? Politics of aspiration and the transformation of rural Kenya, The European Journal of Development Research.
- Schmidt, M, Kioko, E, Atieno O., & Stephan, C (2020): “There is a Lot of Pressure on Me. It's Like the Distance Between Heaven and Earth” - Landscapes of Debt, Poverty-in-People and Social Atomization in Covid-19 Nairobi. Blog post on Developing Economics. A Critical Perspective On Development Economics, October 1st 2020.
- Schmidt, M, Kioko, E, Musa, K. J & Stephan, C (2020): 'Life On These Stones Is Very Hard' - House Helps in Covid-19 Nairobi. Blog post on Developing Economics. A Critical Perspective On Development Economics, November 13th 2020.
- Kioko, E. M. and Gravesen M. (2019). Cooperation in the midst of conflict: cattle raids and land deals in Laikipia and Narok, Kenya, Africa. The Journal of the International African Institute, Vol 89, Issue 3, pp. 562-585. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0001972019000524
- Kioko, E. M. & Okumu W. (2018). Appeasing the land: local peace committees and co-management of conflicts in rural Kenya. AFSOl Journal, Vol. 2, Issue 1. pp 80-112 http://ipss-addis.org/y-file-store/vol.2(i)_afsol_journal_(1).pdf
- Kioko, E. M. (2017), Conflict Resolution and Crime Surveillance in Kenya: Local Peace Committees and Nyumba Kumi, in: Africa Spectrum, Vol 52, Issue 1, pp. 3–32 http://journals.sub.uni-hamburg.de/giga/afsp/
- Kioko, E. M. (2017). Culture and conservation: environmental stewardship in rapidly changing African environments, Mazingira Yetu Magazine, 13th Issue, https://www.docdroid.net/ZRVpSJx/mazingira-yetu-magazine-13th-edition.pdf.html
- Kioko, E. M. (2016). Turning conflict into coexistence: cross-cutting ties and institutions in the agro-pastoral borderlands of Lake Naivasha basin, Kenya. PhD Thesis, Universität zu Köln. http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/7064
- Kioko, E. M. (2016). Forgotten peace in resource use. In: People and Land, a publication by the Resilience in East Africa Landscapes Research Group. ISBN: 978-0-9573771-5-8 [Titel anhand dieser ISBN in Citavi-Projekt übernehmen] . www.real-project.eu
- Kioko, E. M. & Bollig, M. (2015). Cross-cutting Ties and Coexistence: Intermarriage, Land Rentals, and Changing Land Use Patterns among Maasai and Kikuyu of Maiella and Enoosupukia, Lake Naivasha Basin, Kenya. Rural Landscapes: Society, Environment, History, Vol 2 (1), Issue 1, pp. 1-16, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.16993/rl.ad
- Kioko, E. M. (2015). Regional Varieties and “Ethnic” Registers of Sheng, In Nico Nassenstein and Andrea Hollington (eds.) Youth Languages Practices in Africa and Beyond. Mouton de Gruyter. Berlin, pp. 119-148.
- Kioko, E. M. (2013). Poverty and Livelihood Strategies at Lake Naivasha, Kenya: A Case Study of Kasarani Village. Köln, Hundt Druck GmbH, [ISSN 2194-1556]. http://www.fg1501db.uni-koeln.de/index.php?navi=8&id=23
Books in Preparation
- Bollig M, Kioko E, and Kuiper G. (eds). Agricultural intensification and resource conflicts: Social dynamics in the Lake Naivasha Basin. James Currey - Boydell and Brewer Publishers.
- Kioko E. and Ekiru J. Peace Stories from Northern Kenya: A new approach to reduce ethnic tensions, negotiate for surrender of raided livestock, and avert revenge attacks.
Conferences, courses and workshops - since 2017
- 15-24 June 2019: University of Bonn/University of Cologne, Germany. Invitation to give a Public Lecture. Paper: “Inside the smugglers den: an ethnography of sandalwood smuggling, organised crime, and value chain in East Africa”.
- 9-12 Jan 2019: University of Cologne, Germany. Workshop, “Towards an Independent Anthropology in Africa”. Paper, “Anthropological theory and practice: toward an inclusive field of study in Kenya”.
- 11-14 Sept 2018: The ASAUK 2018 conference, 11-13 September 2018, University of Birmingham, UK. Paper, ‘Conservation frontiers: territorialisation, Social-ecological change and uncertain futures of community conservancies in northern Kenya.’
- 10-13 July 17: REAL project conference, Moshi, Tanzania: Paper – Cooperation in the midst of conflict: cattle raids and land deals in Laikipia and Narok, Kenya.
- 7-9 June 17: Conference, “Global South on the Move: Transforming Capitalism, Knowledge and Ecologies”, in Cologne, Germany. Paper - ‘Conservation in a violent environment: social-ecological change, community-based conservancies, and emergent value chains in northern Kenya.
- 24-28 Apr 17: CNRD Curriculum Development Workshop and Training of Trainers, in Kenyatta University Conference Centre. Representing the Chair Environmental Studies and Community Development.
- 1-5 April 17: Workshop, “Intrastate conflict”, organized by the Africa Good Governance Network with support of DAAD and BMZ, in Bonn, Germany. Paper – ‘Conflicts in the rift: politicized land settlement and peacebuilding in Kenya.
- 6-7 April 17: Workshop, Public Service in Kenya, at Strathmore University, Nairobi. Discussant.
- 12-14 Jan 17: Workshop, Conservation in Africa, Global South Studies Centre, University of Cologne. Discussant.