Research Interests

Services management, service quality management, Tourism planning and development, sustainable tourism, community based tourism, tourism and poverty reduction.


Main Research Project

  1. Exploring methodologies for sustainable models of social, economic and cultural inclusiveness- The project is funded by SFC GCRF Escalator fund and involves Moi University-Kenya and University of Strathclyde, UK. The aim of this project is to develop research capacity in Strathclyde and Moi that will contribute to understanding of relationships between tourism development and poverty alleviation in rural Kenya, particularly among largely disenfranchised nomadic communities.
  2. Employment and Human Capacity Development within Sustainable Tourism- The project was funded by the Newton Utafiti Foundation and involved three Universities: Moi University-Kenya, University of Johannesburg- South Africa and University of Strathclyde- UK.  The project involved bringing together early career researchers (faculty, PhD students) from Kenya, South Africa and the UK with a common interest in sustainable tourism in Africa in order to Map extant research and literature on sustainable tourism in Africa from an employment and human capacity development perspective in order to ascertain the level and focus of such activity.
  3. Mid-rift tourism SMEs inventory and training need assessment- This project was funded by SNV- North Rift Portfolio and focused on developing destination management plans for the Mid-Rift region as well as carrying out training needs assessment of tourism SMEs within the region with an aim of ensuring proper management of tourism resources and enhancement of the efficacy of tourism as a tool for poverty reduction, and promoting conservation and ownership of tourism management processes by local communities through tourism micro-scale entrepreneurship.
  4. Entrepreneurship and Local Sustainable Tourism Development- This project consisted of the following partners; University of Kelaniya (UoK)- Sri Lanka, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA)- Tanzania, Moi University, Kenya, University of Stavanger (UiS)- Norway and Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa’e (UNTL)- East Timor. The project received seed money to develop a proposal focusing on facilitating Economic Growth through a dynamic private sector.
  5. Pro-poor Tourism Research Capacity Building and Knowledge Exchange for East Africa- This project partnership consisted of Makerere University- Uganda, University of Dar Es Salaam- Tanzania, Moi University- Kenya, Wageningen University- The Netherlands and Sheffield Hallam University- UK. The project focused on developing a research capacity building and information sharing network, with special emphasis on creating links with external advisors, NGOs and the public and private sector in East Africa and Globally. 
  6. Education Partnership for Africa (EPA) - This project focused on development of a collaborative Pro-Poor Tourism Education Network for East Africa.
  7. Development of Eco-tourism projects in the Lake Victoria Basin- This project was funded by the Inter-University Council of East Africa. The project focused on identifying, designing and developing ecotourism projects in the Lake Victoria Basin in efforts to enhance sustainable wetland resource utilization for poverty reduction and environmental conservation.