Serah Wambui Kiragu-Wissler

Research Associate
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IASS Project

  • Soil Protection and Rehabilitation for Food Security

Research Interests

  • Landscape and transdisciplinary approaches to research
  • Sustainable Land Management
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Human rights in natural resources governance
  • Climate change vulnerability and adaptation of agro-pastoral communities

Curriculum Vitae

  • Serah Kiragu-Wissler joined IASS in May 2015 as a Research Associate in the accompanying research to the global programme “Soil Rehabilitation and Protection for Food Security”.
  • Before IASS, she worked as natural resource management specialist at the Embassy of Finland in Nairobi, Kenya. Between 2008 and 2013, she undertook PhD studies at University of Bayreuth, and researched on climate change adaptation in an agro-pastoral community in Kenya. She has extensive experience managing environmental conservation projects in East Africa while working for the International Union for Conservation of Nature – IUCN in Nairobi, Kenya.
  •  Serah holds a PhD in Social Geography from the University of Bayreuth - Germany; an M.Phil in Environment Planning and Management from Moi University, Eldoret-Kenya and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from Kenyatta University, Nairobi-Kenya.

Selected Publications prior to joining the IASS

  • Kiragu S. (2013) Undeveloped Adaptation – Climate Risks, Vulnerability and Household Well-being in Mwingi/Kenya. (In process of publication)
  • Kiragu S., and Nduru G. (2011) Climate variability risks, perceptions and coping mechanisms in Kenya, in: Bloemertz L., Doevenspeck M., Macamo E., and Müller-Mahn D., (eds), Risk and Africa – Multi-disciplinary empirical approaches. LIT-Verlag, Münster.
  • Kiragu S. (2011) Adaptation to a changing climate: capacities of Kenyan Drylands Women, in: Women’s life worlds ‘in-between’, Bayreuth African Studies Working Papers No. 8. , Bayreuth.