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Dr. Francis Onditi
Dr. Francis Onditi

Dr. Francis Onditi is the 2019 recipient of the AISA Fellowship awarded by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), South Africa, for his tenacious research and scholarly work on ‘positioning African States in the Dynamic Global System.’ He heads the School of International Relations and Diplomacy, Riara University, Kenya. Dr. Onditi is a widely published pan-African researcher. He has published over 55 research papers in peer reviewed journals, contributed more than 10 chapters in edited books and authored/co-edited 3 books in his area of specialization-geography of African conflict with specific emphasis on infrastructure for peace (I4P) and African institutional evolution theory. He spends 60% of his research/writing time developing new concepts and models that can easily be found in his papers and books.

He earned his Doctor of Philosophy in 2015 from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kenya. His Doctoral Thesis was rated the thesis of the Year. He holds a Master of Arts in International development from the University of Nairobi and Bachelor’s Degree (geography) from same university. He began his career as a teaching/research assistant at IDS, and later on, in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Nairobi. He is also trained in Haifa, Israel on various aspects of social innovations and strategic management.

Dr. Onditi has received research Excellence Awards from the Association of African Universities (AAU), the Institute of French Research in Africa (IFRA) and the European Union (C.R.E.A.T.I.N.G Project). His research and publication acumen have earned him opportunity to establish functional scholarly networks in Western Europe, South East Asia, Japan, North America, Latin America and sub-Sharan Africa; he is in collaboration with teams from these globalities on various research projects leading to books and/or journal publications. His current pre-professorial research focuses on “exploring the analytical conception of the closeness centrality and its implications for a theory of interactivities for enhancing understanding of the process of conflict excavators and extractives with the aim of providing an explanation of the intrinsic character of interaction among human beings, communities and states as a process of diffusion of power, conflict reversals, and peace interlocutors.”