Prof. Collette Akoth Suda: Personal Profile
Prof. Collette A. Suda, PhD, FKNAS, CBS, is the Principal Secretary, State Department for University Education, Ministry of Education, Republic of Kenya. She is the former Secretary for Gender and Social Development, Ministry of Gender, Children and social Development. Previously, she was the Director, Institute of African Studies and Director, Board of Common Undergraduate Courses, University of Nairobi. She also served as a member of the National Commission on Gender and Development and a member of the Advisory Board of the Women Enterprise Fund, among others.
Prof. Suda is a full Professor of Sociology at the Institute of African Studies. She is a Fellow of the Kenya National Academy of Sciences (FKNAS). She has served as an external examiner at Moi University, Maseno University and the University of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania.
Prof. Suda has extensive research experience as principal investigator in the areas of gender, family studies, social change and sustainable rural development. She has published widely in international scholarly and peer refereed journals and co-authored a book entitled “Street Children in Kenya: Voices of Children in search of a childhood, Westport Connecticut: Bergin and Garvey, 2000”. She has also contributed several book chapters.
On October 4th, 2007, at the University of Nairobi, Prof. Suda delivered her inaugural lecture entitled “Formal monogamy and informal polygyny in Parallel: African Family Traditions in Transition”.
SAMPLES OF PUBLICATIONS IN PEER REFEREED JOURNALS
1990 - Agricultural Development Policies and Institutional
Support Systems in Post ‑ Colonial Kenya and Tanzania. Journal of Eastern African Research and Development. Vol. 20: pp. 104‑126. Published by Gideon S. Were Press, Nairobi, Kenya. ISSN 0251-0405.
1992 - The Underlying Assumptions of the Dependency
Perspective, the World System Theory and the Modes of Production Approach: Some Disjunctures in Thinking Globally and Acting Locally, Journal of Eastern African Research and Development Vol. 22; pp. 33‑48. Published by Gideon S. Were Press, Nairobi, Kenya. ISSN 0251-0405.
3. Towards an Understanding of Smallholder Agriculture
in Western Kenya: An Analysis of the Factors Influencing Crop Production, Discovery and Innovation, 4 (4): 15‑23. A Publication of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Nairobi, Kenya, ISSN 1015-079X.
1993- The Impact of Changing Family Structures on Nairobi
Children African Study Monographs, 14(2): pp. 109 - 121. Published by the Centre for African Area Studies, Kyoto University, Japan. ISSN 0285-1601.
1996 - The Centrality of Women in the Moral Teachings in
African Society. Nordic Journal of African Studies, 5(2) pp. 71-83. Published by the Nordic Association of African Studies, Uppsala and Printed in Helsinki by the Helsinki University Press, Finland. ISSN 1235-4481.
1997 -Street Children in Nairobi and the African Cultural Ideology of Kin-based Support System: Change and Challenge. Child Abuse Review Vol. 6. A Journal of the British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. Published by John Wiley and Sons, Ltd, UK, Child Abuse Review Vol. 6. pp: 199-217. ISSN 0952 - 9136.
2000- Gender, Culture and Environmental Conservation in Western Kenya: Contextualizing community Participation and the Choice of Techniques: Nordic
Journal of African Studies. Vol.9 No. 1 pp. 31 - 48 A Publication of the Nordic Association of African Studies. ISSN 1235-4481.
2001 The Invisible Child Worker in Kenya: The Intersection
of Poverty, Legislation and Culture. Nordic Journal of African Studies. Vol. 10 No. 2 pp. 163-175 - A Publication of the Nordic Association of African Studies. ISSN 1235-4481.
2002 - Gender Disparities in the Kenyan Labour Market: Implications for Poverty Reduction. Nordic Journal of African Studies. Vol. 11:3, pp. 301–321. ISSN 1235–4481 2003
10. Traditional Mechanisms of Conflict Resolution in Isiolo District, Eastern Kenya: Implications for Rural Poverty. International Journal of Contemporary Sociology, Volume 40 .No.2, October2003, pp. 281-294.