Dr. Willis Okumu

Country of current residence

Kenya

Current position

Coordinator, Peacebuilding, Healing and Reconciliation

Current institute employer

Anglican Development Services, Kenya

Since

2017

Website current institute

www.adskenya.org

Awards

Albert-Magnus Scholarship 2010-2012

DAAD/RLC Doctoral Scholarship 2013-2017

Professional memberships

African Good Governance Network (AGGN)

Africa Borderlands Research Network (ABORNE)

Kenya DAAD Scholars Association (KDSA)

Skills

Conflict Transformation, peace building

Profession

Anthropologist

Specialisation

Social anthropologist

Degrees / expertise

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology, University of Nairobi, Kenya

Master of Arts degree in Culture and Environment in Africa (CEA), University of Cologne, Germany

Professional experience

Worked as a Research Assistant in the Resilience, Collapse and Reorganisation in Socio-Ecological Systems of African Savannas,a research program initiated by the Institute of Ethnology at the University of Cologne and implemented among pastoralists groups in Northwestern Kenya

Supervisors of
doctoral work

Prof. Dr. Michael Bollig, Prof. David Anderson

Advisor at ZEF

Dr. Papa Sow

2017

Okumu, W.. 2017. Cattle Raids, Violence and Pastoralists Livelihoods in Northern Kenya-the Case of the Turkana and Samburu Communities. Doctoral Thesis at Faculty of Arts, University of Bonn. Further Information
Okumu, W., K.N. Bukari and P. Sow. 2017. The role of elite rivalry and ethnic politics in livestock raids in northern Kenya. J. of Modern African Studies, 55 (3): 479-509.

2014

Okumu, W.. 2014. Conflict over Ltungai Conservancy A Case of Fatal Competition over Grazing Land and Water among the Samburu and Pokot in north-western Kenya. In: Mulugeta Gebrehiwot Berhe (eds.): A Delicate Balance Land Use, Minority Rights and Social Stability in the Horn of Africa. Institute of Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) Addis Ababa University. 224-245. Download [PDF | 333.33KB]

2013

Okumu, W. 2013. Mobility in Flux: Pastoral Movements in Kenya. Further Information
Okumu, W. 2013. Drivers of Pastoralists Violence in Northwestern Kenya-Analysis. Further Information

2012

Okumu, W. 2012. Youth-led Peace Caravans and Inter-community Peace-building among Pastoralists in North-western Kenya. Conflict Trends, The African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), South Africa, 4: 51-56. Download [PDF | 969.39KB]
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Further Information
Okumu, W. 2012. From Ethnic Violence to Seeds of Peace: Pastoralists, Youth and Intercommunity Peacebuilding in Northwestern Kenya. Further Information

Additionals, Curriculum Vitae
and Downloads

3b46_Willis Okumu CV.pdf [PDF | 889.74KB]

Research themes
  • Environmental and climate change
  • Development Politics
  • Human Rights
Research countries
  • Ethiopia
  • Kenya
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
Working groups

Governance and Conflict

Professional experience

Worked as a Research Assistant in the Resilience, Collapse and Reorganisation in Socio-Ecological Systems of African Savannas,a research program initiated by the Institute of Ethnology at the University of Cologne and implemented among pastoralists groups in Northwestern Kenya

Degrees

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology, University of Nairobi, Kenya

Master of Arts degree in Culture and Environment in Africa (CEA), University of Cologne, Germany

Funding institutions

BMZ via DAAD (Right Livelihood College), Foundation Fiat panis

Thesis title

Trans-local Peace Building among Pastoralists Communities in Kenya-The Case of Laikipia Peace Caravan

Thesis abstract

f089_Okumu_Trans-local Peace Building Among Pastoralists Communities in Kenya-the Case of Laikipia Peace Caravan.pdf

Thesis download
Download [PDF | 4.05MB]
Supervisors of
doctoral work

Prof. Dr. Michael Bollig, Prof. David Anderson

Advisor at ZEF

Dr. Papa Sow

Willis Okumu

Former Junior Researcher

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