RLC Junior Researcher Projects

Joshua Musyoki Muloi

Joshua Musyoki Muloi from Kenya joined the RLC Campus Bonn in September 2023. His studies focus on the relationship between regenerative agriculture and livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Kenya. Joshua holds an MBA in Strategic Management from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, and many years of working experience with the NGO World Vision in Kenya. Joshua works together with Dr. David Amudavi and Biovision, an NGO that received the Right Livelihood Award in 2013. 

Sakshi Abrol

Sakshi Abrol from India joined the RLC Campus Bonn in September 2022. She focuses on livelihood opportunities of forest-dependent indigenous communities in India. Please find her detailed profile here: www.linkedin.com/in/sakshi-abrol/. In India, Sakshi works together with the RLC Campus Mumbai at TISS and Laureate Ritwick Dutta and his organization Legal Initiative for Forest and Environment (LIFE), who received the Right Livelihood Award in 2021.

Irene Awino Ojuok

Irene from Kenya joined the RLC Campus Bonn in September 2021. She holds a Master in Project Planning and Management from University of Kenya, and over 10 years' experience working with rural communities in Kenya while working with the NGO World Vision. In her studies at RLC Campus Bonn, she focuses on Farmer-management Natural Regeneration (FMNR) working together with Laureate Tony Rinaudo who received the Right Livelihood Award in 2018.

Ahmed Abdalla

Ahmed Abdalla from Egypt joined the RLC Campus Bonn in September 2019. His studies focus on the impacts of short-food-supply chains on food safety, security and sustainable development policies. During his 3-year PhD scholarship, Abdalla will work together with Egyptian based development initiative SEKEM which received the “Right Livelihood Award” in 2003.


Dorothy Birungi

RLC Bonn PhD candidate Dorothy Birungi from Uganda joined the Campus in August 2018. Her PhD thesis "Agroecological Intensification of smallholder farming systems through perennial Pigeon pea/Sorghum husbandry in Northern Uganda" is linked to the larger project "Perennial polyculture farming in Uganda: Towards increased sustainability, resilience and livelihoods of smallholder farmers. Among others, Birungi works together with the Land Institute, Kansas, USA who received the Right Livelihood Award in 2000.

Amit Kumar

Mr. Amit Kumar from India joined RLC Campus Bonn in August 2016. In the framework of his Phd project on "Urban Citizenship: An ANT Study of People-without-Papers living in unrecognised slums of Mumbai", he works together with RLA Laureate Medha Patkar and her organization Ghar Banao Ghar Bachao Aandolan in the slums of Mumbai. Amit's research aims at the alternative imagination to the existing urban structures in relation to globalization.

Alejandro Mora Motta

Alejandro Mora Motta from Colombia joined RLC in August 2015 to research "Fundamental human needs in the context of extractive forestry plantations in Los Rios, Chile". In 2016-2017 he pursued his field work in Chile, in collaboration with RLA Lureate Professor Dr. Manfred Max-Neef. His empirical research focused on how the territorial transformation caused by the extractive forestry model has impacted on the peasant well-being and the local sustainability in rural Los Rios.

Evelyn Ewere

Evelyn Ewere from Nigeria joined the RLC Bonn in August 2017 to work on her PhD research on "Bioeconomic Transformation in Nigeria: its impacts and sustainability". She will colloborate with RLA Laureate Nnimmo Bassey and the RLC Campus Port Harcourt in Nigeria. Her research interest is driven primarily by the need of reducing Nigeria's dependence on fossil fuels with its attendant price shocks and environmental challenges. 

Juliet Wanjiku Kamau

Juliet Wanjiku Kamau from Kenya is a PhD researcher in Bonn working on "Productivity and Sustainability of Ecological Organic Agriculture Systems in Kenya" in cooperation with RLA Laureate Hans Herren's Biovision Africa Trust. 

Willis Okumu

Willis Okumu from Kenya completed his PhD at the RLC Campus Bonn in 2016 on the topic "Inter-community vs. Inter-clan Violence in Samburu North and Kuria Eastdistricts in Kenya: a Comparative Analysis of Development Challenges".

Divya Swaminathan

Divya Swaminathan from India did her PhD research on "Traditional knowledge, smallholder natural resource usage and NGOs working in India". She graduated in 2016. 

Lai Wan Teng

Lai Wan Teng from Malaysia received the first RLC Bonn PhD scholarship. She did research on "Patterns of migrant integration in Penang, Malaysia" in cooperation with RLA Laureates Irene Fernandez and Prof. Anwar Fazal. She graduated in 2017. 

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