Godwin Opinde 2018 

Name: Dr Godwin Opinde
Title/Qualification: PhD
Department: Spatial & Environmental Planning
Designation: Lecturer
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Contact Address: 43844-00100, Nairobi
Area of Specialization: Environmental Planning & Management
Research Interests:
-Climate change adaptation & Mitigation
-Waste management
-Transport planning
-Renewable energy
-Air Quality Management
-Environmental governance
-Informal economy
-Urban & Rural development
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7442-4100

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Books and Books Chapters

  • Opinde Godwin (2012).Contributions to Solid Waste Management in Eldoret Municipality Kenya. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing GmbH & Co.KG, Heinrich-Bocking, Germany. ISBN: 978-3-659-13686-3.

Conference/Workshops/Seminar Papers

Conference Papers

  • Opinde, G., Majale, C. and Nygaard, I., 2023. Hibernation of off-grid solar e-waste in Kenya - An unintended response to an emerging waste issue- Page 206. 14th IST Conference on Responsibility and Reflexivity in Transitions – Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development- Utrecht, Netherlands.
  • Majale, C., Opinde, G. and Nygaard, I., 2023. Bringing light, connectivity and waste to local communities - A study of the post-consumption value chain for off-grid solar devices in Kenya- Page 379 . 14th IST Conference on Responsibility and Reflexivity in Transitions – Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development- Utrecht, Netherlands.
  • Ezekiel Waiguru Nyaga, Matthias Beekmann, Subramanian R., Mike R. Giordano, Savannah Ward, Daniel Westervelt, Michael Gatari, Moses Njeru, John Mungai, Godwin Opinde, Tedy Mwendwa, Albert Presto, Emilia Tjernstrom, and Faye v. McNeill. (2023). Air Quality Study to Analyze PM2.5 Sources and their Possible Mitigation pathways in Nairobi. EGU General assembly 23-28 April, 2023. Viena Austria. https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU23/EGU23-10315.html
  • Dan Westervelt, Garima Raheja,Michael Gatari, Godwin Opinde, Paul Njogu, Josephine Kanyeria, Ezekiel Waiguru, R Subramanian,Mike Giordano, V. Faye McNeill,Solomon Bililign (2022). First measurements of PM2.5 and NO2 in Mombasa, Kenya.Presented at Air Sensor International Conference 11th to 13th May 2022 in Pasadena, California USA. https://asic.aqrc.ucdavis.edu/sites/g/files/dgvnsk3466/files/inline-files/Dan%20Westervelt%20-%20First%20measurements%20of%20PM2.5%20and%20NO2%20%20in%20Mombasa%2C%20Kenya.pdf
  • Opinde Godwin (2022). Public Engagement in Air quality Management in Kenya. Presented at Air Sensor International Conference 11th to 13th May 2022 in Pasadena, California USA. https://asic.aqrc.ucdavis.edu/2022-conference-presenter-biographies
  • Savannah Ward, Godwin Opinde, Tedy Mwendwa, Ezekiel Waiguru, Michael Gatari, R Subramanian, Michael Giordano, Garima Raheja, Celeste McFarlane, V Faye McNeill and Daniel Westervel (2021). NOₓ and PM2.5 Measurements with Low Cost Sensors and Reference Monitors at a High Traffic Site in Nairobi, Kenya. AGU fall Meeting, New Orleans, LA on 16th December 2021. Programe: https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm21/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/959923. Published Abstract access: http://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2021AGUFM.A35G1722W/abstract

Workshops Papers

  • Opinde G (2023). Public participation and stakeholder engagement in clean air policy, regulation Standards and laws. East Africa Air Quality training Workshop 14th-18th August, 2023. Kenyatta University Conference Centre.

Seminar Papers

Publications: Refereed Journals

  • Opinde, G., Majale, C. and Nygaard, I., 2023. Hibernation of off-grid solar e-waste in Kenya - An unintended response to an emerging waste issue- (in press)
  • Stephen Balaka Opiyo, Sammy Letema & Godwin Opinde(2023) Characterizing rural households’ livelihood vulnerability to climate change and extremes in Migori River Watershed, Kenya, Climate and Development, DOI: 1080/17565529.2023.2243612
  • Stephen Balaka Opiyo, Godwin Opinde & Sammy Letema (2023) A perspective of sustainable livelihood framework in analysis of sustainability of rural community livelihoods: evidence from Migori River watershed in Kenya, International Journal of River Basin Management,DOI: 1080/15715124.2023.2216019
  • Jackline Nyerere, Godwin Opinde, Purity Muthoni, Wilson Mutuma (2022). Incubating Graduate Entrepreneurs in Kenya: Nested Case Studies of Kenyatta University Chandaria Business Innovation Incubation Centre.Education and development. Vol. 40(1). https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ped/article/view/231344
  • Stephen Balaka Opiyo, Godwin Opinde & Sammy Letema (2022) Spatio-seasonal variations in water quality status of Migori River in Kenya and associated household health risk implications: an application of a multidimensional water quality index approach, International Journal of River Basin Management, DOI:1080/15715124.2022.2138409
  • Stephen Balaka Opiyo, Godwin Opinde, Sammy Letema (2022)Dynamics and drivers of land use and land cover changes in Migori River Watershed, western Kenya region, Watershed Ecology and the Environment,Volume 4,Pages 219-232, ISSN 2589-4714, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wsee
  • Stephen Balaka Opiyo, Godwin Opinde & Sammy Letema (2022) Multi-level governance of watersheds in Kenya under devolution framework: a case of Migori river watershed, International Journal of River Basin Management,DOI: 1080/15715124.2022.2118284

Other Publications

Policy Brief

  • Off-grid solar electronic waste management: Lessons from Kenya
  • Authors: Ulrich Elmer Hansen, Paul Kamau, Christine Majale, Caleb Mireri, David Mugendi, Ivan Nygaard, Godwin Opinde, Herbert Wamalwa, Martin Enevoldsen

Action Plans

  • Kampala Capital City Authority (2021). Kampala Clean Air Action Plan. UNEP/ECI (Contributor).

Working paper series

Training Manual/ Hand book

  • Gerry Opondo & Godwin Opinde (2021) Draft. Training Manual. Designing Regulatory programmes for clean air in African Cities. ECI/ UNEP.
  • ECI (2015). Multilateral Environmental Agreements: A handbook for African Journalists, ECI Nairobi, Kenya. (Participated as Research Team Member).
  • Transparency International Kenya (2020) Simplified handbook on environmental impact assessment in Kenya with focus on enhancing community participation in infrastructure and extractive related projects (Godwin Opinde: Lead Author in the publication). https://tikenya.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/ENVIRONMENTAL-IMPACT-ASSESSMENT-HANDBOOK-FINAL.pdf


Funded Projects

  • Project Lead in Kenya: “International networking, knowledge sharing, and capacity building for improved air quality in four East African countries” Air Quality Management Community of Practice in East Africa, SFOP0006549. Funded by Department of State USA, PI – Dr Daniel Westervelt (Columbia University, USA). Grant Amount USD 292,729. Project Length: 36 Months (3Years). Start date: 1st October, 2020. Ongoing project.
  • Project Team Member: The Columbia Global Center Project in Nairobi: “Towards closing the air pollution data gap in sub-saharan Africa through international collaboration and capacity building.” Funded by Provost -  Columbia University, P I- Dr. Daniel Westervelt (Columbia University, USA). Grant Amount USD 42,000. Ongoing project.
  • Project Team Member: NSF AccelNet Project: “Clean Air Monitoring and Solutions Network (CAMS-Net)” Funded by US National Science Foundation (NSF), P I - Dr. Daniel Westervelt (Columbia University, USA). Grant Amount USD 2,000, 000. Ongoing project.https://camsnet.org/project-overview/
  • Researcher: Social Enterprises Skills Development: The Role of Higher Education in sustainable Development, Funded by African Development Bank (AfDB), PI- Dr. Nyerere, May 2017 to May 2018
  • Research Affiliate: Transforming University for a changing climate, project to be undertaken in Brazil, Fiji, Mozambique and Kenya, Coordinated by University College London and funded by United Kingdom, Economic and Social Research Council under Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF), P-I Prof. Tristan McCowan (UCL), Dr. Jackline Nyerere –Project Lead, Kenya, from 1st February 2019 to 30th March, 2023. https://www.climate-uni.com/kenya-team
  • Post Doc Researcher: Governing Solar Electronic Waste recycling in Kenya, Project funded by Ministry of foreign Affairs of Denmark (MFA) through Danida Fellowship Centre. Project No. 20-M07DTU. PI- Ulrich Elmer Hansen, Technical University of Denmark. Lead Kenya – Dr. Christine Majale, Kenyatta University.  Grant Amount DKK 4,998,719.  https://unepdtu.org/project/governing-solar-electronic-waste-recycling-in-kenya/

Scholarship/ Grants

  • National Research Fund (NRF) (2016)
  • German Exchange Program (DAAD) (2015)
  • Netherlands Fellowship Program (NUFFFIC) (2013)
  • Danida Fellowship Centre (2021)
  • CAMSNET Air Sensor International Conference Grant (2022)


Media Involvement/ Coverage

 Memorandum of Understanding Initiated

  • Initiator: MOU between Kenyatta University and The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York for Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of the Earth Institute, Columbia University. MoU signed on 13th January 2021 by Vice Chancellor, Kenyatta University.
  • Initiator: MoU Between Kenyatta University and OpenAQ, Washinton DC, USA. MoU signed on 31st August 2023 by Vice Chancellor, Kenyatta University.

Conferences/Workshops/Seminars Attended

  • Workshop on Air Pollution & Health in East Africa by Health Effect Institute (HEI). 29th -31st March, 2023. Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Participant. AfriqAir Conference. Carnegie Mellon University Africa Campus 7th to 10th 2023, Kigali Rwanda
  • Participant: Providing Support to Countries and Cities in Improving Air Quality. Project Dissemination Workshop, Held on 4th August 2022 at Golden Tulip Hotel, Kampala, Uganda
  • Trainer: Air Quality Management Strategies Course offered to staff of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), held from 25th to 29th July, 2022 at Hilton hotel, Nairobi, Kenya. Training Workshop Supported by Expertise France Group AFD
  • Participant: Clean Air Catalyst Multistakeholder Forum: Sharing Data on Sources of Air Pollution in Nairobi City, held from 19th to 22nd July, 2022 at Lake Naivasha Country Club Hotel. Workshop supported by USAID – Clean Air catalyst project.
  • Initiator and Organizing Team Member: National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) Kenya, Enforcers training on air quality management. An out-put of “International networking, knowledge sharing, and capacity building for improved air quality in four East African countries” Air Quality Management Community of Practice in East Africa project.
  • Presenter: Air Sensor International Conference in Pasadena, California, USA. Held from 11th to 13th May 2022 at Pasadena Conventional Centre. https://asic.aqrc.ucdavis.edu/2022-conference-presenter-biographies
  • Trainer: Capacity building training towards developing a regulatory programme for clean air in Uganda, held on 20th to 22nd April, 2022 at Imperial Golf view hotel, Entebbe Uganda. Training Workshop Supported by UN Environment.
  • Trainer: Capacity building training towards developing a regulatory programme for clean air in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia held on 13th-14th April 2022. Virtual training workshop Supported by UN Environment.
  • Speaker: Virtual conference of the East Africa Network for Environmental Compliance & Enforcement held on 24th -25th February 2022. Title of Presentation – Capacity gaps and needs related to environmental compliance and enforcement in East Africa. Supported by UN Environment. Link: https://eanece.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/EANECE-2022-Conference-Report_18032022.pdf
  • Rapporteur: COP26 Adaptation and Resilience Pan-Africa Launch Event, 29 July 202: Profiling global impacts and upscaling opportunities for climate research in Africa, organized by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) in partnership with African Research Impact Network (ARIN), 29th July, 2021 – Virtual event. Advertisement Link: https://www.ukri.org/our-work/responding-to-climate-change/ukri-towards-cop26/climate-adaptation-and-resilience-online-events/
  • Speaker: Social Business Academia Network and Capacity Building in East Africa, Social Business Forum on Youth Entrepreneurship, organized by Yunus Center, 10-11th April, 2021 – Virtual event. Link: https://socialbusinesspedia.com/events/EASBFYE/pages/parallel-session-workshop
  • Panelist: Air pollution in Nairobi and other emerging African megacities: sources, sampling, and solutions. Organized by Columbia Global Center- Nairobi, 23rd February, 2021 – Virtual event. Advertisement link: https://globalcenters.columbia.edu/events/air-pollution-nairobi-and-other-emerging-african-megacities-sources-sampling-and-solutions
  • International Society of Exposure Science (ISES) Pre-conference course on Air Sensors and Reference Collocation Data Analysis, Supported by Columbia University, 19th September, 2020 (online training)
  • Distinguished delegate Environment & Infrastructure; Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Regional Infrastructure Master Plan (IRIMP) consultative forum, 2nd to 3rd March, 2020, Entebe, Uganda.
  • Trainer on stakeholder engagement in clean air action planning for Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Supported by UN Environment, 17th to 18th December, 2019, Kampala, Uganda.
  • Facilitator during Technical Working Group workshop on Fuel Economy Policy Options for Tanzania, Organized by Energy Utilities Water Regulatory Authority (EWURA), Supported by UN Environment, 21st October, 2019, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
  • Participant: Workshop on promoting cleaner and more fuel-efficient vehicle policies in Tanzania, Organized by University of Dar es Salaam – Bureau for Industrial Co-operation (BICO), Supported by UN Environment, 19th July, 2019, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Link: http://www.airqualityandmobility.org/PDFs/gfei_tz/WorkshopReport_GFEI%20Launch.pdf
  • Participant: Workshop on Air Quality Planning for Kampala City, Organized by Kampala Capital City Authority, Supported by UN Environment & Environmental Compliance Institute (ECI), 16th July, 2019, Kampala, Uganda. Link: https://www.eci-africa.org/2020/12/03/addis-ababa-kampala-cities-air-quality-project-underway/
  • Participant: East African Community Workshop on Harmonisation of Vehicle Emission Standards, organized by UN Environment, 10th-11th June, 2019, UNON, Nairobi, Kenya. Link: https://www.unep.org/events/workshop/east-africa-community-harmonize-vehicle-emission-standards
  • Presenter: VERF PhD and Younger researchers workshop, Presented a paper on Integration of motorcycle transport and its implication on Safety in Kenya, Organized by Volvo Research Foundation, 29th June, 2018, Dar es salaam, Tanzania.
  • Participant: Mobilize Summit on Bus Rapid Transport, Organized by Institute for Transportation & Development Policy and Dar Rapid Transit, 26th to 28th June, 2018, Dar es salaam, Tanzania.
  • Participant: Volvo Research & Education Foundation Network Workshop on Transport & Road Safety, Organized by VERF, 25th June, 2018
  • Next Generation Researchers Network writing workshop, Organized by United Nations University (UNU-IAS), hosted at University of Cape Town, South Africa, 3rd to 6th June, 2018.
  • Stakeholder inception workshop on Addis Ababa City air quality situational analysis, Organized by Environmental Compliance Institute, Funded by UN Environment, 3rd May, 2018, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • United Nation Environmental Assembly “Towards a pollution-free planet”, Organized by UN Environment, 4th to 6th December, 2017, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Kenya Air Quality Annual Conference, Clean Air, Healthy Lives: Air Quality and Sustainable Goals in Kenya, Organized by Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), UNEP and World Agroforestry Center, 8th December, 2016, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • National Stakeholders’ workshop on phasing out mercury added products: Road to Ratification and Implementation of Minamata Convention on Mercury, Organized by Center for Environment Justice and Development (CEJAD), 7th December, 2016, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Environmental Toxicological Risk Assessment Workshop, organized by International Union of Toxicology (IUTOX), American Chemistry Council and Environmental Compliance Institute (ECI), 21st -23rd June, 2016, Nairobi Kenya.
  • Workshop on Solar Waste: Management, Sustainability and Renewable future in Kenya, University of Edinburgh, UK, 13th July, 2015, Strathmore Business School, Nairobi.
  • Presentation on Air Quality Management in Nairobi at the Regional Workshop on Air Quality Management: Organized by World Banks: Pollution Management and Environmental Health Team: 25th- 28th March, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Presentation on Regulatory framework for Air Quality Management in Kenya at the Regional Workshop on Air Quality; Organized by Air Pollution for Africa (APINA) and UNEP; 10th to 11th December, 2013 in Lusaka Zambia.

Other Trainings (Certification Obtained)

  • Basic Cybersecurity training. 20-24th July, 2023. Online training by Ministry of Information, Communication and the digital economy & ICT Authority Kenya.
  • Training on mainstreaming solid waste management in curricula at all levels of education. 21st-24th March 2022. Hosted by Ministry of Environment and Forestry. Appointed by VC- Kenyatta University.
  • Crest online training course for supervisors of doctoral candidates at African Universities. 6th September 2021 to 31st January 2022, Offered by Center of Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology, Stellenbosch University
  • Engagement, influencing and impact training for Danida supported researchers, November 2021.
  • Air Quality Summer Certificate Course by Columbia University, 26th to 30th July 2021.
  • Train the trainer training on Mental Health: Detection, Screening, Low intensity therapies and referrals, Hosted by Directorate of Wellness and rehabilitation services Kenyatta University and sponsored by Basic needs (NGO), 3rd to 6th June, 2019.
  • Train the trainer training on integration of innovation and entrepreneurial content into teaching methodology, Hosted by Chandaria Business Incubation Center, 6th to 10th of May, 2019.
  • Training on patent drafting, organized by Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI) and Kenyatta University, Hosted by Chandaria Business Incubation Center, 18th to 22nd of March, 2019.
  • Training Workshop on “Systems theory and higher education didactics, Organized by Center for Natural Resources and Development, Funded by DAAD, Hosted by Kenyatta University, 24th to 28th April, 2017.
  • Regional Training Course on Scientific Communication and Publishing, organized by German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) and Training Centre in Communication (TCC), 9th – 14th October, 2016.
  • Certificate on Climate Change Vulnerability Mapping and Assessment, organized by Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), 25th -29th July, 2016.
  • Course on Public Participation – Organized by United States Environmental Protection Agency (US. E.P.A) and East Africa Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (EANECE), February, 2013.
  • Certificate in Data Quality, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA (March 2011).
  • Certificate in Fundamentals of Monitoring and Evaluation, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA (February 2011).
  • Certificate in Demographic Health Survey, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA (February 2011).
  • Certificate in Conflict analysis, From United States Institute of Peace, USA (February 2011).CPA 1 (Certified public Accountant section 1) - July 2003