Dr. Keziah Mwang’a is an urban development specialist. She has a PhD in Urban Studies from the Gran Sasso Science Institute/Sant’Anna Scuola Universitaria Superiore in Italy. Keziah has a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of California Berkeley, USA and a BA in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.
Her research and career interests are centred on the role of political governance and planning education in shaping urban development policy and practice. Specifically, she is interested in the harnessing of political power, local communities knowledge, global experiences, the expertise of urban professionals and city managers to collectively generate policy solutions that advance social and economic equity in cities.
Outside academia, Keziah is passionate about poverty eradication particularly by promoting access to education. She is the co-founder of Opportune EduLink an organization that ensures children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds have equal opportunities to thrive in life through access to quality education.
- The Role and Dynamics of Donor Agencies in Urban Development in Kenya - Case of World Bank and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) – PhD Thesis July 2018
- Co-authored a Chapter with (Dr. R. Opiyo, D. Mwaniki and B. Mwau) on ‘Attaining E-Democracy Through Digital Platforms in Kenya’ in the book ‘E-Democracy for Smart Cities’ published by Springer in 2017, Edited by T M Vinod Kumar.
- Slum Upgrading and Child Poverty: Exploring the Impacts of Kenya Slum Upgrading Program on Children’s Educational and Household Economic Outcomes, Unpublished Masters Project Report, University of California Berkeley, 2014.
- HOT Lanes and Equity: Challenging L.A.’ Transportation System, Article published in The Urban Fridge, Berkeley Planning Journal, 2013.
- Refugees! Nairobi’s Urban Planning Concern: Solutions and Challenges, Article published in The Urban Fridge, Berkeley Planning Journal, 2013.
- Planners’ Responsibility? A personal exploration of Race and Ethnicity in Kenya and the United States, Article published in The Urban Fridge, Berkeley Planning Journal, 2012.
- Land Use Challenges Facing Urban Green Infrastructure In Nairobi (Case Of Nairobi National Park, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport And Railway Reserves Along Mombasa Road), Unpublished Undergraduate thesis, University of Nairobi, 2010.
- RC21 Leeds, 2017, Presented a Paper on Implications of Private Developer’s Involvement in Low-income Housing in Nairobi.
- International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) Congress, 2016, Durban, South Africa, Presented a paper on: Spatial Planning in Kenya, Beyond the Post-colonial Paradigm?
- IV World Planning Schools Congress (WPSC), 2016, Rio de Janeiro, Presented a paper on the Evolution of Spatial Planning in Kenya.
- International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) Congress, 2015, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Presented a paper on: Building Inclusive Regions and Cities Through Collaboration: Case Studies From the U.S Partnership for Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI).
- International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) Congress, 2014, Gdynia, Poland, Participated at the Young Professional Planners (YPP) and Presented a Poster on rehabilitation of Nairobi River which won the Routledge Prize for the Best Poster, Jury Award.