Eric’s research is on the theme of Climate Change and Local Indigenous Knowledge and Practices in Kenya: An Analysis of Agrarian Community Responses and their Role in Formal Law and Decision-Making. The overarching goal of his research is to identify and explore the concepts, factors, processes and mechanisms that make the Kenya law making process on climate change adaptation that incorporates LIKP standout. This is important as it will enable him to make theoretical explanations and draw conclusions from the relationships that contribute to the success or not of incorporating LIKPs in law making on climate change adaptation for wider applicability.
Eric believes that if communities are given the opportunity sit on the driver’s seat of development processes, they can better define what development they want and contribute to achieving it. Thus he has stepped forward as a researcher and community development practitioner and continue to demonstrate visionary and inspirational leadership in citizen advocacy and not-for-profit management. He has personally initiated a number of local and national organizations which are working with communities on social, environmental and economic development, and human rights initiatives across Africa. The most remarkable is the Action Group on Governance and Environmental Management (AGGEM), a community based organisation which is gaining recognition as the representative voice in articulating the needs and interest of various beneficiary communities in Africa and carrying out impactful projects on natural resources and environmental management.
He has contributed to discussions at different levels in areas including civil society sustainability, governance, lobby and advocacy, climate change and diverse natural resource management issues. He has over 12 publications (journal articles, book chapter, case studies) to my credit. I am a membership of many professional associations and bodies including the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) UK, British Ecological Society (BES), Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA), Africa Evidence Network (AEN).
Eric equally believes in giving back and contributing to build a cadre of new generation thinkers. He thus has mentored many students and young professionals such as the Young Queens Leaders. Currently Eric works as Teaching Assistant/Project Support Assistants to undergraduate students participating in the Vice Chancellor’s Challenge 2019 and the Birmingham Project 2019 at the University of Birmingham. The overarching aim of these challenges are framed around making Birmingham and the West Midlands better in the next 10-15 years and identifying the role the University can play in this process.
Eric is recipient of several awards, scholarships and fellowships including the Australia Awards Scholarship, Australia Awards Fellowship, the Commonwealth Professional Fellowship, the Golden Key International Honors Award and is an Alumni of the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program, the International Visitor’s Leadership Program (IVLP)