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By on September 5, 2015



Name of university

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

Centre for Urban Studies

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology
Centre for Urban Studies
P.O. Box 62000 00200
Nairobi, Kenya

+254 67 5352711

Official Focal Point
Dr. Mugwima Njuguna, Ph.D cust@jkuat.ac.ke

Alternate Focal Point
Dr. Gerryshom Munala gerryshom@yahoo.co.uk

Signee, Expression of Interest
Prof. Mabel Imbuga, Vice-Chancellor info@jkuat.ac.ke




The quality of life in future cities is directly related to the manner in which urbanization realities, challenges, and opportunities are handled today. Researchers, academia, legislators, governments, professionals and the private sector etc. must prepare for the needs and expectations of an urban future. This requires smart and interrelated approaches to social, economic, infrastructure, spatial and environmental issues guided by sound policies and partnerships.

There is an increasing need for professionals in urban studies (in private companies, public agencies at all levels of government, as well as within non-governmental organizations) to tackle the challenges of urban development. It requires excellent planning, design and management, and a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to problems solutions.

Professionals in urban studies are required to address the following pertinent challenges in urban areas:
i. Guiding higher density infill developments in traditional urban centres.
ii. Retrofitting obsolescent suburban developments
iii. Suggesting sustainable development at the sprawling metropolitan fringes
iv. Designing basic transportation and mobility infrastructure to promote local economic development and support social justice.
v. Mitigating the vulnerabilities in the face of climate change

It is within this recognition that the School of Architecture and Building Sciences (SABS) at JKUAT established a Centre for Urban Studies, in partnership with UN-Habitat, to guide in research, training and development of innovative ideas that will help tackle the inherent complex and diverse issues in urban settings.

Suggested Collaboration Opportunities
Safer Cities and Urban Crime Studies
Conservation of Historic towns along the Kenya Uganda Railway
Innovative Housing for the poor in cities
Adaptation of Cities to Climate Change-Specifically inland cities
Relationship between urban form and Crime

Areas of Expertise related to UN-Habitat
  • Water
  • Social Inclusion
  • Slum Upgrading
  • Sanitation
  • Safety
  • Resilience
  • Reconstruction
  • Planning and Design
  • Mobility
  • Land
  • Information and Monitoring
  • Housing
  • Governance
  • Gender
  • Environment
  • Energy
  • Economy
  • Climate Change
  • Capacity Development
Offered Programmes

The Centre for Urban Studies JKUAT is offering:

Masters Programme in Sustainable Urban Development

-P.hD in Urban Design

-Ph.D in Urban Planning and Development.

For more information, contact the UNI Focal Point: Dr. Mugwima Njuguna  cust@jkuat.ac.ke

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