Mapping the Social Science Research Landscape in Kenya


This report is an outcome of a mapping research of the social science landscape in Kenya. The aim of the study was to enable DFID to gain a deeper understanding of Kenya’s existing knowledge production and utilization capacities and gaps in the social sciences, particularly with respect to the priority thematic areas of economic growth, climate change, governance and security, and urbanization. This study focused on two main undertakings. The first task was to carry out a mapping and analysis of the social science research landscape in Kenya in order to identify the key research actors, policy framework, as well as thematic and methodological approaches. The second activity was concerned with developing a comprehensive and searchable database containing key details of research organizations involved in social science research in Kenya.

The report is structured as follows:
1. Introduction
2. Research design and methodology
3. Kenya's social science research landscape
4. Summary of survey findings
5. The social science research landscape in Kenya
6. Governance and security research
7. Climate change research in Kenya
8. Urbanisation research in Kenya
9. Analysis and mapping of evaluation studies
10. Summary and conclusions
11. Bibliography


Jowi, J.O.; Obamba, M.O.; Mwema, J.K.; Oanda, I. Mapping the Social Science Research Landscape in Kenya. African Network for Internationalization of Education (ANIE), Eldoret, Kenya (2014) vi + 50 pp.

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