Photo 1: GENS Team at the PATH International, Nairobi
On 28 November 2019, GENS Trilateral Reseach Chair Team participated in the PATH International Presentations on the PATH Advocacy Learning Lab with 10 Masters Students from School of Arts and Design, University of Nairobi and PATH International Staff. The GENS team constituted of Dr Amollo Ambole, Prof Josephine Musango, Dr Benjamin Batinge, Christer Anditi, Peris Njoroge and Douglas Logedi.
The experience at the PATH Advocacy Learning Lab provided the GENS Team with an opportunity to engage with students generating crazy innovative outside the box ideas to deal with complex real world problems. Further, there were captivating discussions on the human-centred approach to CoDesigning and translating ideas into tangible solutions, as well as the processes of establishing a Living Lab.
GENS Trilateral Research Chair will be setting up two GENS Living Lab in the pilot case studies in Kenya and South Africa, as part of its objective of “exploring gender informed innovation and commercialisation opportunities in alternative energy technology and services”.
Photo 2: Participants listening to innovative ideas presented by Masters Students at School of Arts and Design, University of Nairobi
On November 27, 2019, the GENS team from University of Nairobi and Stellenbosch University jointly gave a presentation to a group of 23 students drawn from different fields under the Institute of Climate Change and Adaptation (ICCA) at University of Nairobi. The team constituted of Dr Amollo Ambole, Prof Josephine Musango, Dr Benjamin Batinge, Christer Anditi, Douglas Logedi and Peris Njoroge.
The presentation was engaging and showcased the transdisciplinary teamwork and synergy within the team. The energy shown by every member of the team and mastery of the subject was admirable. For a little over an hour, the team presented and engaged the students in a Q&A session for a further half an hour. The questions from the students showed a deep interest in the following areas:
(i) The application of the GENS Trilateral Research to a real Kenyan low-income nuclear or extended family.
(ii) How the GENS Living Lab will look like, how it will work, how stakeholders will be engaged and how it will be designed.
(iii) Practical energy solutions where focus is placed on both physical and economic access to energy as well as energy mobility.
(iv) The potential of involving the students from a sustainable point of view as part of the project team.
This was certainly a session to look forward to and a good vibrant audience to bounce ideas off of.
Photo: GENS Team presenting to Masters and PhD candidates at ICCA, University of Nairobi.
Dr Fabrizio Ceschin, a Senior Lecturer in Design at Brunel, has been appointed as a Africa-UK Trilateral Research Chair, alongside Prof Josephine Kaviti Musango of Stellenbosch University and Dr Amollo Ambole of the University of Nairobi.
GENS Team congratulates Dr Amollo Ambole, Principal Investigator: GENS Trilateral at University of Nairobi, for her appointment as Extraordinary Senior Lecturer at the School of Public Leadership (SPL), Stellenbosch University.
As alumni of SPL, Dr Ambole was actively involved with the SPL since 2014, as a Doctoral researcher. Post her completion of studies in 2016, she has engaged with SPL in internationally recognised collaborative research. “I am truly honoured to be an Extraordinary Senior Lecturer of my alma mater. This appointment will also be a boon to the GENS Trilateral Chair” says Dr Ambole!
Dr Ambole will be involved in among other things, co-supervision of Masters and Doctoral students registered in SPL, who are using the Kenyan case study in the GENS Trilateral Research.
GENS Research Team visits Project 90 by 2030, a NGO that is centred in developing environmental youth leadership in among other things, to enhancing energy security in communities.
Photo (left to right): Ms Eniko Csato (Exchange visitor from Hungary), Prof Josephine Musango (GENS Chairholder), Ms Lorna Fuller (Director: Project 90), Mr Ebenaezer Appies (Policy Officer: Project 90) and Dr Benjamin Batinge (GENS Postdoctoral Fellow)