Position: Associate Professor
Title/Qualifications: Ph.D,ISAK 2
Department: Recreation Management and Exercise Science
Area of Specialization: Exercise Physiology
Contact Address:
P.O. Box 43844-00100
Nairobi – Kenya
Telephone: +254-02-8710901 Ext.3096
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Professor Vincent O. Onywera is a member of staff at Kenyatta University, Department of Recreation Management and Exercise Science. He has a Bachelor of Education (Honors) in Physical and Health Education from Kenyatta University. His graduate training was from the same University where he obtained his M.Ed (Physical and Health Education). He later completed his PhD (Exercise and Sports Science) where his research focus was on the role of genetics, nutrition and sociocultural factors in explaining the phenomenon performance of Kenyan middle and distance runners.  He is a Physical Activity and Active Transport Researcher with extensive national and international research networks. Vincent has worked as the Director of the Center for International Programmes and Collaboration at Kenyatta University and is currently the Registrar in-charge of Research, Innovation and Outreach at Kenyatta University. He volunteers his time working at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Academy at Kenyatta University and also currently instrumental in the establishment of a Kenyatta University Sports Complex complete with a stadium and recreation centre. Vincent has published widely and has been involved in a number of national, regional and international academic endevours aimed at capacity building, surveillance and research for focusing on healthy active living in the greater Eastern Africa and Great Lakes Region (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi and Southern Sudan) and beyond. He is involved in various research endeavors and collaborations such as:

  1. The Kenyan International Development Study- Canadian Activity Needs (KIDS-CAN) Research Alliance. This is an alliance that brings together two countries (Kenya and Canada) to fight childhood obesity and promote physical activity.
  2. The International Study of Childhood Obesity, Lifestyle and the Environment (ISCOLE) Research Group whose aim is to is to determine the relationship between lifestyle characteristics and obesity in a large multi-national study of children, and to investigate the influence of behavioural settings, and physical, social and policy environments on the observed relationships from over 14 countries from six major regions of the world (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America and the Pacific)
  3. The Canada and Mexico Battling Childhood Obesity (CAMBIO) Research Group which was a multidisciplinary, international network of investigators participating in a project to enhance research capacity in the field of Childhood Obesity;
  4. Assessment of physical activity and active transport among school children in Eastern, Western and Southern Regions of Africa: The case of Kenya, Mozambique and Nigeria. This is a 3 year IDRC funded research project.(The PAAT Study).
  5. Building higher education and research capacity to address the physical activity and nutrition transition in Kenya: the Kenya-Finland education and research alliance (KENFIN-EDURA).

Vincent is a member of several professional bodies such the International Union for Health Promotion and Education(IUHPE); American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM),International Physical Activity and the Environment Network (IPEN); International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance (ICHPER·SD) Research; Canadian Obesity Network; Africa Association of Health, PE, Recreation, Sport and Dance-(AAHPERSD); East Africa Association of Health, PE, Recreation, Sport and Dance- (EAAHPERSD); Kenya Association of Health, PE, Recreation, Sport and Dance- (KASHPESD) just to mention a few. He currently is a peer reviewer for many international journals and serves on a number of Kenyatta University Committees and sub-committees. Vincent is a mentor, academic advisor and supervisor to several undergraduate and graduate students within the Eastern African Region and beyond. He is happily married to Mary and they are blessed with three children: Fidel (17 years), Meeghan (10 years) and Meresa (4 year).

Research Interests:

  • Pediatric Physical Activity and Obesity
  • Kinanthropometry
  • The remarkable performance of Kenyan runners
  • Fitness Testing and Exercise prescription for various populations
  • Physical Activity Surveillance

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