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Wangui, Edna

Interim Director of International Development Studies


Dr. Wangui is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography.  She earned her PhD in Geography from Michigan State University in 2004, MSc in Eremology from Ghent University, Belgium and a B.Ed (Sc) from Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya.  Dr. Wangui also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Remote Sensing from the National Institute of Space Research in Brazil.

Dr. Wangui’s research examines the gendered dimensions of rural development and rural livelihood change, environmental conservation, and climate change adaptation. Her current research examines gendered dynamics of a large payment for ecosystems services project in the Upper Tana watershed in Central Kenya.  Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Canadian International Development and Research Council, and the International Fund for Agriculture and Development.  She has published widely in academic journals, including Ambio, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Climate and Development, Agriculture and Human Values, Qualitative Health Research, Human Ecology, Field Methods, African Geographical Review, Journal of Alpine Research and Geoforum.  

She is the recipient of the 2017 University Professor Award and the 2016 Faculty Award of Excellence in Global Engagement.  Her teaching this academic year will include:

  • UP 4901S Global Problems, Local Solutions (Spring 2018)
  • GEOG 3310/5310 Geography of Africa (Spring 2018)
  • GEOG 4450/5450 Gender, Environment and Development (Fall 2017)





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