Martin Marani

Martin Marani has a Bachelor of Science degree (Moi University, Kenya), a Master of Philosophy degree in environmental studies (Moi University, Kenya) and a Doctorate degree in Development Geography (University of Salzburg, Austria). He wrote his PhD thesis on "Water scarcity, water management, and pastoral livelihoods in lower Ewaso Ngíro Watershed, Kenya". Also, Marani has training in human rights and administration of justice [Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Sweden/ Kenya Institute of Administration, Kenya), in public sector reform management (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand), and in basic geographic information systems (School of Geography, Clark University, USA/School of Environmental Studies, Moi University, Kenya/University of Salzburg, Austria]. He also earned a certificate in ArcGIS of the Environmental Systems Research Institute Online trainig. Besides, Marani attended the International Studies Program of the University of Vienna Summer School and earned a certificate in European Studies and German language.

The transdisciplinarity of Marani's knowledge cuts across both the worlds of natural sciences and social sciences. His current research interest focuses on water issues and dryland development with an emphasis on the understanding of dryland livelihood systems and indigeneous knowledge systems in water management. He also has research interest in political ecology and, in particular, natural resource conflicts.

Before commencing his PhD studies, Martin Marani worked as a senior lecturer at the Kenya Institute of Administration (KIA ), a government institute responsible for public administration training. While at ASC, Marani will use the opportunity to tap into the expertise at the Centre to increase his depth and scope of knowledge on African issues and problems. Based on his PhD thesis, Marani intends to prepare one working paper and a journal article for publication. He will also start preparing a book manuscript based on his PhD work.

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M. (Martin) Marani
Former visiting fellow