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Changes in Communal Land Tenure in Kenya

Traditional Homestead in KenyaThis is a PhD thesis that seeks to explain how communal land tenure has changed within three communities in Kenya, as an indicator of the extent to which introduced formal land tenure systems have been accepted by the people.

This PhD thesis is being undertaken by Robert Nilson Wayumba, who holds a Master of Science in Land Management from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, and a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) in Land Surveying from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Robert is conducting this research under the supervision of Dr. David Goodwin and Dr. Antoni Moore.

Method and data

Case study methodology has been chosen as the main form of inquiry for this research. Within this method an analysis is being carried out on how formal land laws were implemented in Kenya, and how they have affected communal tenure in terms of management, exclusion and alienation.

Selected publications and outcomes

Wayumba, R.N., Goodwin, D.P and Moore, A.B., (2010). The Impact of Customs on Acceptance of Formal Land Tenure Systems and Climate Change Adaptation. Paper Presented at the International Conference on Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation. Kisumu City, Kenya, Hosted by IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC).