PhD in Climate Change and Agro-Forestry

Climate change affects environment and the well-being of living things contained therein. The challenge of climate change is a global concern and discussions have been on-going with a goal of obtaining a common strategy to address impacts of climate change. A common strategic plan is believed to be the panaceae to carbon emission reductions. To counter the challenge of climate change, several strategies have been proposed and applied. Forests are the natural sinks of carbon. Further, they offer a wide range of multiple uses including ecological services such as stabilizing stream flows, reducing soil erosion, floods and avalanches. Currently, substantial number of trees is found on farms and there is need to increase this tree cover on farms. As such, agroforestry plays a critical role in mitigating the effects of climate change. Therefore, in order to effectively address climate change, skilled manpower will be necessary to ensure that proper action plan is undertaken based on research inputs and guiding principles of agroforestry.

2.0     Justification
Climate change is recognized as one of the major worldwide challenges facing man and environment and has become one of the areas of urgent concern and focus in the 21st Century. The 2010 Kenya Constitution provides for the right of all Kenyans to a clean and safe environment. Therefore, understanding the causes of climate change and its mitigation avenues will go a long way in making a clean and safe environment, and a better place to be for current and future generations. Agroforestry is one of the potential options which can be practiced to mitigate the impacts of current threats of climate change and there is therefore need to incorporate it in training on climate change mitigations. Therefore, this PhD program is purposely tailored to absorb candidates with Masters degrees in diverse and relevant disciplines with the aim of producing well trained researchers and natural resource managers in climate change and agroforestry. The school of Environment and Natural Resources Management, also, has undergraduate and MSc. students undertaking courses relevant to this program and stands to benefit from the rolling of this program at SEKU.

3.0 Objectives of the programme
The main objectives of this programme will be to:
a) Enhance capacity building of specialists in climate change and agroforestry who can identify and solve existing and emerging problems on climate change and agroforestry in the light of environmental policies.
b) Develop multidisciplinary researchers who can tackle climate change and agroforestry.
c). Develop the highest level of scholarship, research capability and creative thinking in the student’s specific areas of research interest in climate change and agroforestry.

4.0    Admission Requirements
a) The common regulations applicable to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy of the South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU) shall apply
b) To qualify for admission into the Doctor of Philosophy in Climate Change and Agroforestry
programme, a candidate shall be either a holder of:
(i) Masters degree of South Eastern Kenya University or its equivalent from a University
recognized by SEKU Senate in  forestry/agroforestry, climate change, land resources, environmental studies/sciences, natural resources management, relevant agricultural sciences, environmental engineering, law, environmental education and, geography.
(ii) Masters degree in relevant social sciences and engineering recommended by theSchool Board and approved by SEKU Senate.

4. Course Structure and Duration
The programme shall be offered through Research, Thesis and Oral examination. The common regulations affecting the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy of the South Eastern Kenya University shall apply.
a)    For the qualified applicants, a student’s provisional registration will be effected upon the submission of a dully filled application form, accompanied by a research concept note.
b)    A research topic shall be agreed upon between the student and the approved academic advisors/supervisors within six (6) months of the provisional registration. The student shall be formally registered as a PhD candidate upon a successful presentation of the research proposal
c)    Subject to approval by the School Board and the University Senate, a candidate may be required to audit certain courses considered appropriate to remedy deficiencies or weaknesses in a candidates academic background so as to equip the candidate with specific knowledge and skills necessary for successful research work
d)    The programme shall take a minimum of three (3) years and a maximum of five (5).

5. Examination Regulations
a)    The examination regulations of SEKU shall apply.
b)    Each candidate shall be required to present a minimum of two (2) seminars in the course of their research work
c)    The research project shall be examined by a written thesis and an oral presentation. The student’s thesis shall be examined by two (2) internal examiners and one (1) external examiner, followed by an oral examination at the school where the student is registered
d)    Candidates shall be required to publish at least one (1) paper before graduating
e)    A candidate who fails in the thesis shall be allowed one re-submission as per the SEKU statutes otherwise he/she shall be discontinued after a fail in the re-submission.

6. Award of Degree
A candidate who successfully completes the course shall be awarded the degree of Doctor of
Philosophy (PhD) in Climate Change and Agroforestryof South Eastern Kenya University.


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