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Dr. Joel Onyango is a fellow at ARIN and the focal point for ARIN-ASH Summer School. Joel is also a research fellow at the African center for technology studies. He has worked for over 10 years in research and management with a focus on science technology and innovation; climate change adaptation and mitigation; water quality, security, and access; food security, entrepreneurship and markets, and sustainable development. Joel completed a PhD from IHE Delft Institute for water education in conjunction with Wageningen University the Netherlands, research on effects of agricultural development on resource pollution and management. He holds a Master of Science degree – with Distinction – from UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, in Limnology and Wetland Ecosystems, and a Bachelor of Science degree –First Class Honours – from Egerton University, Kenya, in Applied Aquatic Science. He has received advanced certified training in econometrics and statistics, and system analysis and modeling from BOKU University, Vienna; and proficiency training on Climate Science and Negotiations from Sustainable Development Solutions Network – SDSNEDU, and on multidisciplinary multiple pathways approach to Sustainability from STEPS Centre, University of Sussex, UK.

Joel has experience working with intergovernmental organizations, regional NGOs, academic institutions, and African government agencies. He has professional experience leading and participating in international research and development projects including World bank’s InfoDev funded Eastern Africa Climate Innovation Network (EACIN); European Union Funded Ecology of Livelihoods for Wetlands of Economic Importance (ECOLIVE) project; Austrian Development Agency funded Sustainable Assessment for Water Resources Management (SEAK-WARM) project; Swedish Development Agency funded African Network for Economics of Learning and Innovation Systems (AfricaLics) project; NWO funded inclusive low emission development initiatives in Kenya and Tanzania (i-LED) project; ESRC funded Governing Sociotechnical Transformations in Agriculture, Energy, and Cities (GoST) among others. Joel has published extensively in climate-smart innovations and entrepreneurship, inclusive innovation policy, and resource degradation. Joel is a convenor for the Young African Scholars Academy at the Africa Sustainability Hub (ASH) fostering research, capacity building, and policy engagement; and a post-doctoral fellow at the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) on the governance of sociotechnical transformations and inclusive low emission development pathways.

Recent publications

Ajwang F., Atela J., Onyango J., Kyari M. & Arora S. (in Press). Enabling modernization? Framings of smallholders’ agency in Kenya’s agricultural policy discourse. Journal of International Development

Onyango, J., Atela, J., Vellema, S., & Todd, C. (in press). Policy Tensions and Synergies for Low Emission Dairy Development in Kenya. Climate Policy.

Onyango, J. (2019) ‘Innovation as a configuration that works: a case for East African dairy development’. AfricaLics Conference, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Linderhof V., Dijkxhoorn Y., Fongar A., Onyango J., & Ekesa B. (2019). The Kanyanya food challenge: the first results of the mapping food system. Nouricity Information Brief. Wageningen University and Research.

Onyango, J., Stirling, A., Cairns, R., Johnstone, P., Atela, J.O., (2019) The Governance of Sociotechnical Transformations: Imagining transformations to sustainability in energy, agriculture & cities. SPRU Working paper, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.

Onyango, J., Atela, J.O., Stirling, A., Cairns, R., Johnstone, P., Liti, K.M., Tonui, C., Okoth, S., (2019). Governance of Sociotechnical Transformations (GoST): Imagining Transformations to Sustainability in Energy, Agriculture, and Cities. ACTS Report, Nairobi Kenya.

Onyango, J., Mathia, L., 2019. Youth and Foreign Policy in Kenya. J. African Foreign Aff. 6.

Onyango, J. (2018). Agricultural Nutrients and Pesticide Pollution in Aquatic Ecosystems, with Policy Implications. Res. Rev. J Ecol. Environ. Sci., Volume 6, Issue 4.