Lecturer/ Research Fellow
Department: Environmental Studies and Community Development
Contact Address:
P.O. Box 43844, 00100-Nairobi, Kenya.
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Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=NFZe-LoAAAAJ&hl=en
ORCiD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7318-7609
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Eric-Kioko

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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 -2026: 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 NamibiaRole: 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        


  • Kioko, E. (2022). Forest Crime in Africa: Actors, Markets, and Complexities, in Clemens Greiner, Stephen van Wollpute, and Michael Bollig (eds), African Futures, Brill, pp. 125-140. https://brill.com/view/title/60904

  • Müller-Mahn, D. and Kioko E. (2022). COVID 19, Disrupted Futures and Challenges for African Studies, in Clemens Greiner, Stephen van Wollpute, and Michael Bollig (eds), African Futures, Brill, pp. 28-35. https://brill.com/view/title/60904

  • Nweke-Eze and Kioko E. M. (2021) ‘But we cannot do it all’: Investors’ sustainability dilemmas and strategic selectivity in the development of Kenya’s geothermal energy plants in Olkaria, Sustainable Development in Africa, DOI: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-030-74693-3_21

  • Okumu W. and Kioko E. M. (2021). 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, DOI: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-76924-6_13

  • Müller-Mahn, D., Mkutu, K., Kioko, E. (2021) Mega-projects – mega-failures? Politics of aspiration and the transformation of rural Kenya, The European Journal of Development Research, DOI: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1057%2Fs41287-021-00397-x

  • Muller-Mahn, D. and Kioko, E. M. (2021). Rethinking African Futures after COVID-19. Africa Spectrum, DOI: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/00020397211003591

  • 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,

  • 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 


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.