Research

Below I have listed a number of future, ongoing and past research projects on the subjects of devolution, land politics, accountability and conflict.

 
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Land Titling Programs in Rural Kenya

My main project for my PhD will involve the study of land titling programs in the colonially demarcated 'scheduled units' and 'native land units' in post-colonial Kenya.

 
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Decentralised, Democratic Land Management in Kenya: Implications for land inequality, land security and land markets

Project across eight of Kenya's counties to analyse Kenya's various devolved and deconcentrated land administration institutions (both new and old). Specifically, we ask why certain counties implement mechanisms of land accountability. With Dr. Catherine Boone (LSE), Dr. Jacqueline Klopp (Columbia University), Ambreena Manji (Cardiff University), Achiba Gargule (University of Bern), Catherine Gateri (Kenyatta University), Seth Ouma (University of Nairobi) and James Owino (University of Nairobi). Funding from the LSE International Inequalities Institute and the British Institute in Eastern Africa.

 
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Devolution, Identity and Accountability in Kenya

How does devolution and decentralisation affect local level identities and competition between institutions? What are its effects on party formation, voting and competition? Under what conditions are local governments accountable?