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Dr. Ann Kingiri - Senior Research Fellow


Dr. Ann Kingiri is a Senior Research Fellow at African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), a knowledge think tank based in Nairobi Kenya. She is also a visiting researcher at the Development Policy and Practice (DPP) unit, Department of Engineering and Innovation, Open University, UK.

Dr. Kingiri holds a PhD in Development Policy and Practice from Open University, UK. Additionally, she holds a Master’s degree in Biosafety in Plant Biotechnology form Mache Polytechnic University, Ancona, Italy; an MSc degree in Plant Pathology from the University of Nairobi; and a BSc degree in Agriculture from the University of Nairobi.

Dr. Kingiri’s technical expertise ranges across Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policy analysis and advocacy; environmental policy analysis; biotechnology regulation, climate change; agriculture and food security; inclusive and sustainable development; gender research and analysis; and qualitative research methods. She is particularly interested in understanding these research areas from a Science Technology and Innovation (STI) perspective in relation to inclusive and sustainable development. She is currently pursuing policy-oriented research in agriculture and bioenergy, including climate change and gender as cross cutting themes.

As a Senior Research Fellow at ACTS, Dr. Kingiri is responsible for the leadership of research to support the Science and Technology policy oriented capacity building, policy outreach and advocacy. She has been providing results oriented research and scientific leadership across the different programmes and projects being implemented by ACTS as well as STI mentorship. Before joining ACTS in 2011, she worked with the Ministry of Agriculture as an agricultural officer, with Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) as a phytosanitary and biosafety/biosecurity expert. While at KEPHIS, she was extensively involved in development of biotechnology and biosafety regulatory policies in Kenya.

Dr. Kingiri has ample experience in networking and advocacy in a multicultural setting involving diverse development and policy actors in the public and private sector. Her previous involvement as a research fellow in the Research into Use (RIU) programme implemented in both Africa and Asia exposed her to the institutional and organisational orientation of agricultural entrepreneurship including the role of the private sector in stimulating innovation.

Selected publications:

  • Kingiri Ann, Muok Benard, Kitaka Nzula (2013): Climate change innovations in east Africa: the case of agriculture, water and energy. EACIN/ACTS Policy Brief No. 1
  • Kingiri Ann, Muok Benard, Katima Jamidu (2013). An Overview of Climate Adaptive Grassroots Innovations in East Africa. EACIN/ACTS Working Brief No. 3
  • Kingiri N. Ann (2013). A Review of Innovation Systems Framework as a Tool for Gendering Agricultural Innovations: Exploring Gender Learning and System Empowerment, The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, 19:5, 521-541
  • Chinigo Davide and Kingiri Ann (2013). Mainstreaming Gender in Bioenergy Projects: Lessons from PISCES. PISCES Policy Brief No 7 June 2013.
  • Kingiri A. N and Hall A. (2012). The Role of Policy Brokers: The Case of Biotechnology in Kenya.  Review of Policy Research, Volume 29, Number 4, pgs. 492-522.
  • Kingiri A. N and Ayele S. (2012). Managing knowledge for development: lessons from Kenyan modern biotechnology regulatory process. Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG), 2 (1): 1-37.
  • Kingiri A. N. (2011). Underlying tensions of conflicting advocacy coalitions in an evolving modern biotechnology regulatory subsystem: Policy learning and influencing Kenya’s regulatory policy process. Science and Public Policy38 (3): 199-211.
  • Kingiri, A. (2011). The contested framing of Biosafety Regulation as a tool for enhancing public awareness: Insights from the Kenyan regulatory process and BioAWARE strategy. International Journal of Technology and Development Studies (IJTDS), 2 (1): 64-86.
  • Kingiri A. N. and Wakhungu J. (2011). Gender and agricultural innovation: revisiting the debate through an innovation system perspective. Policy Brief, ACTS Press.
  • Kingiri, A. (2010). An analysis of the role of experts in biotechnology regulation in Kenya. Journal of International Development, 22: 325–340.
  • Kingiri A. N. (2010). Evolution of Agricultural Biotechnology Innovation: Lessons from governance of Kenya’s biotechnology sectorSecond Science with Africa Conference: Science, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 23-25 June 2010, Addis, Ethiopia.
  • Kingiri A. and Ayele S. (2009). Towards a smart biosafety regulation: the case of Kenya. Environ. Biosafety Res. 8: 133-139.

Book Chapters

  • Kingiri A. N (2012). Biotechnology Regulation as a Necessary Evil: Empirical Lessons from Kenya. In Kenya: Political, Social and Environmental Issues, Adoyo J. W. and Wangai C. I. (eds). ISBN: 978-1-62081-085-9.
  • Kingiri A. N. (2012). The Bumpy Path Towards Knowledge Convergence for Pro-Poor Agro-Biotechnology Regulation and Development: Exploring Kenya’s Regulatory Process" Biotechnology - molecular Studies and Novel Applications for Improved Quality of Human Life, ISBN 978-953-51-0151-2, Sammour, Reda Helmy (ed), pp. 79-96.