Dr. Anne Kairu

Dr. Anne Kairu

International Development Department
Newton International Fellow, Postdoctoral Position

Contact details

School of Government
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr. Anne Kairu is a Newton International Fellow pursuing postdoctoral studies in the Department of International Development, University of Birmingham. Areas of interest are; Governance of natural resources, carbon offset standards, sustainability and co-management of offset projects


Lecturer in conservation and ecology with the following qualifications; 

PhD Biology of Conservation, University of Embu, 2021

MSc Biology of Conservation, University of Nairobi, 2011

B. ED. (Hons): Botany and Zoology, Kenyatta University, 2007

Trainer of online and blended courses

Member of Western Indian Ocean Early Career Scientists.

Member of Network of Women in Marine Science: Nairobi, Kenya.


Dr Anne is a lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences, School of Pure and applied sciences, University of Embu, Kenya. She was awarded Newton International Fellow by the British Academy in 2023. Her research focuses on the implications of project requirements of the United Kingdom's voluntary carbon offset schemes on the sustainability of carbon projects.

Her research interests include; natural resources governance, co-management of forest resources, and forest policy and laws. Anne, with colleagues, has carried out research work in the following area: environmental justice in carbon offset projects; community-based monitoring of deforestation using real-time technology in Kenya; achieving multi-level, integrated governance of coastal ecosystems in Kenya; forest policies and their implications on mangrove forests


Ecology units:

  • Ecophysiology
  • Plant structure and function
  • Vertebrate zoology
  • Fundamentals of ecology
  • Population ecology
  • Community ecology and production
  • Introduction to environmental science


Conservation units:

  • Environmental management
  • Water, environment and sustainable development
  • Water resource governance and policy
  • Environmental policy and law
  • Biodiversity use and conservation
  • Conflict management
  • Gender and development
  • Community capacity building and empowerment

Postgraduate supervision

Rotich Dominic: Assessment of mangrove cover change in Shirazi, Bodo, Mwenje, Funzi blocks, Kwale County. Ongoing. Anthony M. Karani: community engagement in the conservation of Critically Endangered Kenya Montane Dancing Jewel Platycypha amboniensis in Mount Kenya. Ongoing.


Research interests Anne has interest in natural resource governance, climate change mitigation, carbon offset projects, community capacity building, environmental justice, resource conservation. Current projects Critical review of the implications of project requirements of U.K. voluntary carbon offset schemes

Other activities


i. 'A thousand flowers will bloom' grant for USAWA project in collaboration with Professor Huxham, M. Edinburgh Napier University, conducted in Kwale County, Kenya. October 2021.

ii. Forest 2020 project on Forest monitoring and governance in Kwale Kenya, in collaboration with Professor Upton, C. and others, funded through Ecometrica, UK. September 2019-February 2020.

iii. Vice Chancellor's Research Grant Award. Research on tourism impacts on the integrity of seagrass bed and community livelihood in Diani Beach Area of Kwale County, Kenya. June 2019.

Curriculum review

i. Review and update of MSc. Environmental Science Programme - 2020

ii. Review and updating of Management of Agro-ecosystem and Environment course - 2019.

Committee membership

1. Integrity committee- 2013 to date.

2. Kenya Association of Women in Tourism committee- from 2022 to date

3. Environmental, health and safety committee- 2015 to date

4. Integrity Assurance Officer – 2013 to date

Class Adviser- BSc. Microbiology, academic year 2021/202


i.Huxham, M., Kairu, A., Lang'at, J., Kivugo, R., Mwafrica, M., Huff, A., and Shilland, R. (in press). Rawls in the mangrove: perception of justice in nature-based solutions projects. People and Nature.

ii. Kairu, A., Kotut, K. Mbeche, R., and Kairo, J. (2021). Participatory Forestry Improves Mangrove Forest Management in Kenya. International forestry review. 23 (1), 41-54.

iii.Kairu, A., Upton, C., Huxham, M., Kotut, K., Mbeche, R., & Kairo, J. (2017). From shiny shoes to muddy reality: understanding how meso-state actors negotiate the implementation gap in participatory forest management. Society & Natural Resources, 31(1), 74-88