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Specialization: Environmental Planning and NRM

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He  is an Associate Professor and the Dean, School of Tourism and Natural Resources Management since May 2015. Prior to Joining Maasai Mara University, he worked as a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Land Resource Planning and Management, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Previously, he had worked at the Department of Environmental Planning and Management, Kenyatta University as a Lecturer and an Assistant Lecturer since 2003.

For his studies, he holds a PhD in Environmental Planning from The University of Waikato, New Zealand. He also holds Master and Bachelor degrees in Environmental Planning and Management from Kenyatta University.

He is a Corporate Member, Kenya Institute of Planners and Lead Expert with National Environment Management Authority.

Apart from the Teaching and Research career, he has served/ he serves in various leadership positions. previously he served as the Chairman Land Management Board of Murang’a County, an appointment by the National Land Commission

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Journal Articles

  • Ng’ang’a, L; Letema, SC; Thuo, A.D.M. (In press) Quantification of soil organic carbon stocks across different land use types, soil types and agro-ecological zones in Murang'a County, Kenya. East African Agricultural and Forestry Journal.
  • Mette Lovschal, Peder Bøcher, Jeppe Pilgaard, Alice Odingo, Thuo, A. D. M. and Jens-Christian Svenning (2017).  Fencing bodes a rapid collapse of the unique Greater Mara ecosystem. Nature-  DOI:  10.1038/srep41450.
  • Kiama PM; Letema, SC; Thuo, A.D.M. (2017) Sanitation Provision in Use In Karengata and Ongata Rongai Areas and their Compliance to Standards. Internl Journal of Advancement in Eng and Applied Sci.
  • Thuo, A. D. M. (2014). 'Challenges of Peri-Urban Agriculture in Cities of Developing Countries: A Case Study of Nairobi City Peri-Urban Area'. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, International Science Index, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, 1(5), 15.
  • Mwangi M. W and Thuo, A. D. M. (2014). Towards conceptual and theoretical foundation for identifying problems, challenges and mechanisms for municipal waste management in developing countries.     Internl Journal of Innovation & Sci Res. 
  • Asoka, G. W. N., Thuo A. D. M. and Bunyasi M. M. (2013). "Effects of Population Growth on Urban Infrastructure and Services: A Case of Eastleigh Neighborhood Nairobi, Kenya." Journal of Anthropology & Archaeology.
  • Thuo A. D. M. (2013). Exploring land development dynamics in rural-urban fringes: A reflection on why agriculture is being squeezed out by urban land uses in the Nairobi rural-urban fringe? International Journal of Rural Management. 
  • Thuo A. D. M. (2013). An analysis of role(s) of actors in land use change in the Nairobi rural-urban fringe, Kenya. Internl Journal of Research in Social sciences. 
  • Thuo A. D. M. (2013). Genealogy of land ownership, use and management problems in Kenya during the pre-August 2010 Constitution: A review. Internl Journal of Eng Res and Tech. 
  • Thuo A. D. M. (2013). Archaeology of urban housing problems in Kenya: Issues and policies. Internl Journal of Sci & Eng Res.  
  • Thuo A. D. M. (2013). Political economy and the local governance in Kenya during the pre- august 2010 constitution: A synoptic review. Internl Journal of Sci and Res.
  • Thuo A. D. M. (2013). Unsettled settled spaces: Searching for a theoretical ‘home’ for rural- urban fringes. Internl Journal of Sci and Res Publ. 
  • Thuo A. D. M. (2013). Impacts of urbanization on land use planning, livelihood and environment in the Nairobi rural-urban fringe, Kenya.  Internl Journal of Sci and Tech Res.  
  • Thuo A. D. M. (2013). Qualitative analysis of land use change pressures, conditions and drivers in rural-urban fringes: A case of Nairobi rural-urban fringe, Kenya. Internl Journal of Innov and Applied Studies. 
  • Thuo A. D. M. (2013). Place of positionality, values, ethics and reflexivity in qualitative urban field work research. Journal Human and Social Science Research. 
  • Thuo A. D. M. (2013). Urbanisation in Nairobi’s peri-urban areas, Kenya: Exploring how subaltern actions and do-it-yourself (DIY) strategies are evolving and creating order in new urbanizing areas. Internl Journal of Educ and Res.
  • Thuo A.D.M. (2010). Community and social responses to land use transformations in the Nairobi rural-urban fringe, Kenya. Journal of Field Actions Science. 
  • Thuo A.D.M. (2008). Tradition, culture and development in Africa: Historical lessons for modern    development planning. Book review:  Ambe J. Njoh (Author), Urban Policy and Research, Volume 26, Issue 1 April 2008, pages 125 – 139. 


  • Thuo A. D. M. (2013). Land use planning and biodiversity conservation in private lands: A study of on-farm conservation of indigenous tree species among smallholder farmers of Murang'a County, Kenya. CreateSpace Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-1489513250.
  • Thuo A. D. M. (2011). Planning in ‘new urbanizing areas’ of developing countries: Reflections from the Nairobi rural-urban fringe, Kenya. Lambert Academic Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-3-8454-0422-6.

Book Chapters

  • Thuo, A. D. M. (2014). Urbanization In Nairobi's rural-urban fringe: Consequences of land use conversion. Book Chapter - International Society for Horticultural Science.  ISBN 978-94-62610-08-8.
  • Wawire N. and Thuo A.D.M. (2007). Economic environmental valuation. Environment and sustainable development. 
  • Thuo A.D.M and Waswa F. (2006). Understanding and managing eco-conflicts and environmental insecurity.  Environment and sustainable development. 

Collaborations and Linkages

University of Pau-France

It was requested that MMU to host one French Master of Tourism student for internship in 2014.The details to be discussed between Dean Tourism MMU and Director Tourism University of Pau France after the conference.

Clemson University - U.S.A.

Exchange research, training and workshop conference Developing a tourism information system for Maasai Mara Game Reserve

University of Bordeaux 3-France

Establishment of a French Language Institute/ centre Maasai Mara University is currently teaching French language to students undertaking tourism, arts and hospitality courses.

Aarhus University- Denmark

Establish and promote joint research, development projects and academic cooperation with focus on the Maasai Mara (ecosystem, living conditions, economic growth and biodiversity)

Regents University-London-U.K

Areas of collaboration: Education cooperation and articulation programmes. Research collaboration Exchange of students, faculty and staff members Joint consultancy activities Knowledge transfer Participation in seminar and academic meetings Exchange of academic materials and other information.

Kenya Industrial Estates

Create incubation centers and incubate student's projects with potential for commercialization. Attachment of MMU staff to enterprise funded through KIE for purposes of gaining experience that would be ploughed back into teaching.

University of Hertfordshire.- London-U.K

To conduct a survey to identify current research, educational, policy and regulatory activities (Governmental, academic, NGO)

University of Munster, Germany

The parties agree to collaborate in the following area of mutual interest: Explore possibilities for joint research programmes, Exchanges for students.

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