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INDEPTH - HDSS UNIVERSITIES: SHORT TERM FELLOWSHIPS 

University of Nairobi Population Studies and Research Institute, Nairobi Kenya

 

1.     Name of university / population programme

University of Nairobi Population Studies and Research Institute, Nairobi Kenya

2.      City/Country:

Nairobi, Kenya

3.      Head:

 

4.      Description of the population programme:

The Population Studies and Research Institute (PSRI) of the University of Nairobi was established in 1976 with a mandate to conduct training and research in population and to provide technical backstopping to government and other agencies on population and related issues. PSRI offers MA/MSC and PhD training programmes in population studies and also conducts several short courses in related areas. Currently PSRI has 8 academic staff members, 6 of whom have PhD in studies/ demography. Most of them have over 10 years of university teaching and research experience. PSRI has graduated more than 280 postgraduates. These graduates are currently serving in various governmental and non-governmental organizations in Kenya and other countries.

In the past 5 years, PSRI staff have published several research reports and some of these have been published in refereed journals. PSRI has a DSS in Rusinga Island. Its is still being developed. PSRI has also been involved in technical backstopping activities, which include national policy development in population and reproductive health, design and analysis of Kenya National Population and Housing Censuses, and Demographic and Health surveys data. In addition PSRI has assisted several organizations in designing and conducting surveys, and in capacity building in monitoring and evaluation

 

5.      Research objectives:

The PSRI research programme is based on research drawn up within the overall national priority framework. The programme’s objectives are to:
1. Generate information that can assist in explaining the size, change and structure of the population;
2. Generate information that can be used for policy planning and programme implementation;
3. Provide an opportunity for training candidates through actual field experience and appropriate framework for supervision;
4. Generate funds for scholarship for PhD, masters, diploma and staff training;
5. Generate materials for teaching; and
6. Respond to the professional teaching and interests of PSRI staff.
 

6.      Priority areas:

 

 

7.    Sample publications in the last 5 years:

Lawrence D E Ikamari. The effect of education on timing of marriage in Kenya. Demographic Research Journal 12(1) 1-28. www.demographic-reasearch.org 

Alfred T Agwanda Otieno, Francis Obare, and Madise Nyovani. Reproductive health knowledge and Attitudes of Female adolescents in South Nyanza. African Journal of Reproductive Health   (to appear)                                                                                     
Alfred T Agwanda Otieno and P Bocquier: An Event History Analysis of Factors influencing entry into Parenthood in Nairobi, African Population Studies 19 (2): 42-62

Kimani, M. and B.O. K’Oyugi. Regional variations in contraceptive use in Kenya, Genus LX (2): 33-53
 

Murungaru Kimani: Trends in contraceptive use in Kenya, 1989-1998: The role of socio-economic, cultural and family planning factors. (Under review, African Population Studies)

Anne Khasakhala and Omwago, Moses: Couple’s Unmet Need contraception: Evidence from 1998 KDHS. (Under review, African Population studies)

M. Kimani. 2004. Fertility Preferences in Kenya. Chapter 7, Demographic and Health Survey, 2003. Columbia, MD: CBS, NCPD and IRD/Macro International

Alfred Agwanda. Other proximate determinants of fertility. Chapter 6, Kenya Demographic and Health Survey, 2003. Columbia, MD: CBS, NCPD and IRD/Macro International

 

8. List and description of staff, areas of expertise:

Lawrence Ikamari joined PSRI in 1990 and holds a PhD in demography from The Australian National University (Canberra). His interests include fertility, mortality, transitions to adulthood, family formation, urbanisation, social aspects of reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, child and maternal health, monitoring and evaluation, and data analysis and use.

Murungaru Kimani joined PSRI in 1986 and holds a PhD in Population Studies from the University of Nairobi. His areas of interest include mathematical demography, explaining and modeling Fertility, and monitoring and evaluation.

Boniface O. K’Oyugi joined PSRI in 1986 and holds a PhD in Population Studies from University of Nairobi. His areas of interest include, technical demography with special interest in mortality, statistical demography, techniques of demographic analysis, and policy analysis.

Anne A. Khasakhala joined PSRI in 1989 and holds a PhD in Population Studies from International Institute for Population Studies, Mumbai (India). Her interests include demographic techniques, safe motherhood and child survival, adolescent sexuality and health, monitoring and evaluation.

Alfred T. Agwanda Otieno joined PSRI in 1993 and holds a Ph.D. in Population Studies from International Institute for Population Studies Mumbai (India). His interests include statistical demography, fertility and the family, migration and health, monitoring and evaluation, and research policy communication.

Wanjiru Gichuhi joined PSRI in 2003 and holds a PhD in Rural Sociology and Demography from Pennsylvania State University. Her interests include marriage and family demography, reproductive health, maternal & child health, and demography of disabled persons.

Ben Obonyo Jarabi joined PSRI in 2003 and holds an MSc degree in Population Studies from the University of Nairobi. His interests include demographic techniques, mortality, reproductive health, child and maternal health.

Andrew K. Mutuku joined PSRI in 2003 and holds an MSc degree in Population Studies from the University of Nairobi. His interests include statistical demography, mathematical demography, demographic techniques, adolescent fertility, modeling fertility, monitoring and evaluation

9.      Individual interests of staff with respect to collaborating with a DSS site:

Demographic analysis involving longitudinal data

10.  Any preferred site:

Nairobi DSS

11.  Period of time / length of time staff members can visit a DSS site:

Short periods of 3 months

12.  Do you have PhD students you would like to send to DSS sites to work on DSS data?

Currently we have three PhD students. Two of them want to use DHS data and the other wants to collect her primary data.

13.  Any other issues you think are relevant to the programme / suggestions:

Having joint research projects /programmes with DSS

Interested DSS researchers could be facilitated to teach selected courses of interest in demographic centres/institutes

Joint supervision of postgraduate students

Sponsoring annual meeting of a numbers scholars in DSS & Demographic Centres) around particular research issue(s).

                            

For more information, please contact:

 

Dr. Osman Sankoh

Deputy Executive Director

INDEPTH Network

Accra, Ghana

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Tel.: +233 21 519394

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