I am a Conservation Scientist with a keen interest in human-wildlife interactions. My work and research support the management of human-elephant conflict in Kenya, contributing to understanding the human dimensions of wildlife conflict. I am a PhD candidate in Conservation Science at the University of Edinburgh. My research explores ways to improve coexistence approaches within dynamic social and ecological contexts and increase local community participation and voices in ecosystem management.
I am a conservation scientist looking at how different social processes shape human-wildlife interactions in a rapidly changing world. My diverse academic background (Social Work- (University of Nairobi, Political Science and Sociology -University of Freiburg, and Conservation Science and Rural Development -University of Kent) helps me to contribute different perspectives and understandings of human-wildlife interaction, thereby illuminating the complexity of this field, but also the opportunities to coexist
Focusing on conservation efforts to achieve coexistence between humans and elephants in Kenya, my PhD research uses a case-study approach to analyse the broader, deep-rooted social processes and issues that contribute to human-wildlife conflict and affect the resilience of human-elephant coexistence effort.
I previously supported the establishment of a Women’s Eco-enterprise Center for the Elephants and Bees project and implemented livelihood approaches that merged sustainable agricultural practices, eco-friendly economic development activities and technical elephant crop-raiding mitigation measures, such as beehive fences, to manage conflicts between humans and elephants.