Scholars in Kenyan universities, like others in developing countries, are severely challenged in terms of knowledge production due to lack of resources (especially funding), use of western-imposed methodologies and lack of a vibrant academic community. As demonstrated in this volume, it does not have to always be this way. Innovative ways to increase productivity can be found and, if well nurtured, would increase productivity in knowledge production. All the scholars documented in this volume utilized resources easily available in their own workplace, employed methodologies that sought to privilege the voices of those targeted for research and collaborated with peers as a way of building a mentoring and academic community. Moreover, it demonstrates that knowledge production need not be an expensive endeavour. Scholars in Kenyan universities (and by extension those in similar situations) can produce knowledge that provides solutions to local problems.
What others say
“The idea of enabling educators in institutions of higher learning to collaborate in reflecting on the challenges facing them and documenting those challenges in the eleven chapters of this book very innovative. I believe it is this type of collaboration and reflection that will move African institutions of higher learning to progress.” – Beth M. Ahlberg, PhD, Professor of International Health, Uppsala, University, Sweden
“This is a timely volume that highlights the kinds of collaboration that are needed to boost research productivity in universities in Kenya and elsewhere in the global south.” – Kefa M. Otiso, PhD, Professor of Geography at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, USA and President, Kenya Scholars & Studies Association (KESSA).
“This is an interesting collection of essays on challenges encountered by female students, mothers and girls.” – Mary Njeri Kinyanjui, PhD, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, University of Nairobi, Kenya and Author of “Vyama: Institutions of Hope”