Prof. Nelson Wawire

Position:Dean and Associate Professor of Ecconomics
School: Economics
Contact Address: P.O. Box 43844 , 00100 Nairobi

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As the administrative and academic head of the School, Prof.. Wawire provides strategic guidance on implementation of the school of Econ Economics Strategic Plan and Annual Work Plans for timely feedback to the university. Prof. Wawire previously worked as a Chairman of the Department of Applied Economics for four years where he was the administrative and academic head, and chief examination officer. Together with other colleagues, Prof. Wawire made a bold step to start a Ph.D in Economics degree programme by coursework, which was the first of its kind in Kenya. He was involved in writing of proposals for the establishment of the School of Economics, Kenyatta University Teaching and Referral Hospital, and K.U Uni-City.

Prof. Wawire holds a PhD (Economics), MA (Economics) and Bachelor of Education (Economics and Business Studies). He has over 19 years experience in teaching, research and consultancy work with a concentration on Macroeconomics, Public Sector Economics, Research Methods, Project Planning, Implementation and Management, Project Monitoring and Evaluation. Prof. Wawire provides high level policy training, review, advisory and technical facilitation and training support to Kenyatta University and other organizations such as AERC, Government and academia. Prof. Wawire has consulted/researched for international organizations such as UNCRD, The World Bank, OSSREA, AERC, UNESCO,AfDB(African Development Bank),Barclays Bank of Kenya Limited and local ones such as IPAR and KIPPRA. He has been a co-editor for various International Journals. A reviewer for the research papers and research proposals submitted for publication to African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) and the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR). He is a resource person at the AERC Joint Facility for Electives (JFE) and offers consultant services in matters related to comprehensive examinations and syllabuses. Prof. Wawire has been involved reviewing and developing degree programmes at Kenyatta University and AERC

In research, teaching, consultancy and development officer (Ministry of Planning and National Development) career, Prof. Wawire has become highly conversant with a wide range of issues on: gender and development, the working of fiscal policy, monetary policy, poverty; income inequalities; economic development; human capital. He has carried out research and published articles and books on a wide range of topics and themes including research on women projects in Kenya. He has supervised over 8 Ph.D in Economics theses and many masters theses.

Selected Publications

  1. Makambi, S.A. Wawire, N.H.W. and Omolo, J. O. (2013) “Nature and dynamic of adjustment of commercial Banks’s Retail rates to monetary policy changes in Kenya” International Journal of Business and Social Sciences.
  2. Muathe, S. M. A. Wawire, N.H.W. and Ofafa, G.A. (2013). “An empirical study on the relationship between organizational factors and adoption of ICT among health related SMEs in Nairobi, Kenya” International Journal of Arts and Commerce. Vol. 2 No. 3, March, 2013 (ISSN:1929-7106.)
  3. Onono, P. A. Wawire, N.H.W. Ombuki, C. (2013). “The response of Maize Production in Kenya to Economic Incentives” International Journal of Development and Sustainability. (Special issue: Development and sustainability in Africa-Part 2.ISSN 2186-8662.April.
  4. Wawire, N.H.W, (2012); Determinants of Value Added Tax Revenue in Kenya; Journal of Business and Economics, New York: Academic star publishing company (Accepted as per attached paper acceptance notice)
  5. Okech, C. T, Wawire, N. H. W., Mburu T. K. (2011) “Empirical Analysis of Determinants of Demand for family Planning Services in Kenya’s City Slums” Global Journal of Health Sciences, Vol. 3 No. 2; October 2011, PP. 109- 117
  6. Okech, C. T, Wawire, N. H. W., Mburu T. K. (2011) Contraceptive use among women of reproductive age in Kenya’s city slums. International Journal of Business and Social Science Vol. 2 No. 1 Jan. 2011, PP. 22 - 43
  7. Nafukho, F. M., Wawire, N. H. W., and Lam, P. M. (2011). Management of Adult Education Organization in Africa. Cape Town: Pearson Education/UNESCO. ISBN: 978 18689 1 8485. Wrote Chapters 3 (Management Approaches in Africa), 8 (Time management) and 9 (Financial Management).
  8. Wawire, N. H. W. 2011. “Management Approaches in Africa”, in Nafukho, F. M., Wawire, N. H. W., and Lam, P. M. (2011). Management of Adult Education Organization in Africa. Cape Town: Pearson Education/UNESCO. ISBN: 978 18689 1 8485.
  9. Wawire, N. H. W. 2011. “Time management in an organization”, in Nafukho, F. M., Wawire, N. H. W., and Lam, P. M. (2011). Management of Adult Education Organization in Africa. Cape Town: Pearson Education/UNESCO. ISBN: 978 18689 1 8485.
  10. Wawire, N. H. W. 2011. “Financial management”, Nafukho, F. M., Wawire, N. H. W., and Lam, P. M. (2011). Management of Adult Education Organization in Africa. Cape Town: Pearson Education/UNESCO. ISBN: 978 18689 1 8485.
  11. Kosimbei, G., Wawire, N. H. W. Mburu T. K. (2010). Budget deficits and macroeconomic performance in Kenya: An empirical Analysis. Saarbrucken:VDM Verlag Dr. Muller. ISBN: 978-3-639-30970-6
  12. Wawire, N. H. W. and Nafukho, F. M. (2010), “Factors Affecting the Management of Women Groups’ Micro and Small Enterprises in Kakamega District, Kenya”, Journal of European Industrial Training, March, pp. 128 - 152.
  13. Wawire, N. H. W. 2008. “Access to Credit by Women's Groups in Kenya”, In Sarkar, S. and Kiriti-Nganga, W. T Gender Inequality in Developing Countries, New Delhi Arise Publishers.
  14. Wawire, N. H. W. Mwathia. P & Omuonga. S.M 2008.”Determinants of Adoption of Organic Farming by Maize Farmers in Meru South District”in Kiriti-Nganga T Salamone. A. F Wawire H.W.N International Journal of Afro-Asian Studies. Volume 1 Number 1:Spring 2008:108 - 118
  15. Wawire N. H. W and A.D. Thuo. 2007. “Economic Environmental Valuation”, Chapter 5, in Waswa et al,(eds) Environment and Sustainable Development: A Guide for Higher Education in Kenya, Vol II; Nairobi: School of Environmental Studies and Human Sciences, Kenyatta University, chapter 5, Pp. 67 - 83.
    Region: Challenges and the Way Conference Proceedings. Nairobi: UNICEF/ Kenyatta University.
  16. Wawire, N.H.W. 2004, “Disparities that affect people with disabilities in Kenya”. In Momanyi, C. and Wawire N.H.W (eds) Disparities in developing countries: Types, Challenges and the way forward. Vol. 1 Disparities in Social Sciences, Politics and Gender. Nairobi: Association of Third World Studies- Kenya Chapter. Pp.196-203.
  17. Nafukho, F.M. and Wawire, N.H.W. 2004, "Developing Entrepreneurial Universities in Africa". In Momanyi, C. and Wawire, N.H.W. (eds) Disparities in
    Science, Technology, Environment, HIV/AIDS and Education. Vol.2 Nairobi: Association of Third World Studies- Kenya Chapter. Pp. 196-203.
  18. Wawire, N.H.W. 2003, "Trends in Kenya's Tax Ratios and Tax Effort Indices, and their implications for Future Tax Reform" In Emilia V. Ilieva (eds) Egerton
    Journal Vol. IV, No. 243 Pp.256-279 (ISSN 1021- 1128)
  19. Wawire N. H. W. (2003) “The Role of Tertiary Education in Revamping Kenya’s Declining Economic Growth". In Akuno et al (Eds) Higher Education in
    Africa: Issues in Management and Leadership. Selected Proceeding of International Conference on Transformation of higher Education management and
    leadership for efficacy in Africa Held at Kenyatta University Nov. 12th - 16th 2001. Pp. 272 - 290
  20. Wawire, N.H.W. 2000, "Revenue productivity implications of Kenya's tax system" Chapter Six in (eds) Kwesi Kwaa Prah and Abdel Guaffar M Ahmed,
    African in Transformation: Political and Economic issues. OSSREA ISBN 1- 919799-31-1 Pp. 99- 106.
  21. Wawire N. H. W (1999) Determinants of Women’s Groups Project Success and Sustainability In The Rural Areas of Kenya: A Case Study of Kakamega District. Funded by the Organization of Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  22. Wawire N. H. W. (1994) An Assessment of Tax Revenue Performance in Kenya. Independent Review. Swedish International Development Authority (S.I.D.A) conference Paper, Nairobi

Participation/Attendance of Conferences/Workshops

  • 17th – 18th September, 2012: 1st Annual Research conference of the Kenya Bankers Association, The Hilton Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • 30th – 31st August, 2012: IR and Open Access Advocacy session for Kenyatta University Management Board, Deans and Heads of departments, Kenya School of Monetary studies, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • 3rd August, 2012: Sensitization on DRUSSA to K.U institutional and Research managers. KUCC.
  • 11th – 17th June, Cooperation and Development Network (CDN) discussions on Master of Economics (Cooperation and Human Development), University of Pavia, Italy.
  • 7th June, 2012. Workshop on macroeconomic and social development, and tourism development in East African Region, United Nations Economic Council Commission for Africa: East Africa Sub-Regional Office and National Economic and Council (NESC), LAICO Regency Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • 11th April, 2012: Review Kenya-German Post Graduate Training Scholarship for 2011/12, National Council for Science and Technology (NCST), Nairobi, Kenya
  • 21st - 22nd March, 2012. Workshop on Performance contracting for Kenyatta University management Board, Deans, Directors, Chairmen of Departments, Coordinators and Heads of sections, Kenya school of Monetary Studies.


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