Hosting Institutions

The University of Nairobi became full university in 1970 after operating as a university college of East African since 1961 (before it was the Royal Technical University). It is the largest among the universities in Kenya; it hosts 10 campuses and 11 faculties offering study and research facilities for approximately 84,000 students supported by over 5000 academic and non-academic staff (;

Institute of Anthropology, Gender and African Studies (IAGAS)
The Institute of Anthropology, Gender & African Studies (IAGAS) formerly known as Institute of African Studies (IAS) was established in August 1970 and charged with the responsibility of promoting and conducting original researches in the field of African Studies. It is the leading centre in research and training in Anthropology, Gender and African Studies in Eastern Africa The Institute has conducted a number of cutting-edge research projects informing national policies and shaping national discourse. Although originally established as a research institute, teaching has continued to become a core component.

Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT)
The department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural technology (LARMAT) was established in 2005 following the merger of two full-fledged departments – Soil Science and Range Management – in the Faculty of Agriculture. It is currently the third largest department in the faculty with a total of more than eighty undergraduate and postgraduate students; eight Professors, twelve lecturers, six technical and five support staff. The department offers two undergraduate, eight masters and four doctoral programmes. Its alumni are found in major agricultural and related sectors in Kenya, Africa and beyond. The department has a vibrant research portfolio and has attracted large research grants from a wide range of international organizations, such as UNESCO, FAO, UNEP, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among others.

Department of Geography, Population and Environmental Studies
Dating back to 1956, the Department of Geography, Population and Environmental Studies, is the first and the oldest Department of Geography in all public and private universities in Kenya. In 2005, the Department was renamed Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, and later in 2021 acquired the population studies component to become Department of Geography, Population and Environmental Studies. The department now offers degree programmes in the Faculty of Science and Technology and the Faculty of Education and provides service courses to the Department of Economics and Development Studies as well as different academic degrees in diverse fields of Geography, Population, Biodiversity and Environmental Studies. It has major collaborative links with national and international Universities (University of Bern (Switzerland) and McGill University (Canada), Humboldt University (Germany), University of Fraser Valley (Canada), United Nations University of Tokyo (Japan), Linkoping University (Sweden), African Studies Center-Leiden (Netherlands), France, Austria, Italy, Brazil, University of Cape Town (South Africa), Uganda, CETRAD (Kenya/Switzerland).

University of Bern, Switzerland as a co-host: The University of Bern was established in 1838 and hosts 160 institutes at 8 faculties. It is not a specialized but a so-called Complete University, which is – however – among the worldwide leading universities in many on topics such as climate change and sustainability. It offers study and research facilities for 15’500 Students and 1’100 faculty staff members.

The main institute and centre to co-hosts the conference from the University of Bern side is the Institute of Social Anthropology (ISA) and the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE). Both were already hosting the IASC conference in 2016 in Bern called The Commons in a Glocal World See also the publication The commons in a Glocal World.

ISA is one of the largest social anthropology institutes in Switzerland and has specialised on anthropology of economy, ecology, law, media, gender and migration. The institute is teaching and researching on topics of political ecology, institutions and genderd perspectives on resource governance:

CDE is Switzerland’s centre of excellence for sustainable development. One of the University of Bern’s strategic research centres, we are tasked with mainstreaming sustainability throughout the university’s research and teaching.

CDE conducts research and teaching on behalf of a more sustainable world. It’s aim is to chart pathways to sustainable development and to initiate transformations in line with the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Co-hosting research organisations

Centre for Training and Integrated Research in ASAL Development (CETRAD) is a Bilateral Institution between the Government of Kenya (through The Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation) and the Government of Switzerland, through the Centre for Development and Environment of the University of Berne.  CETRAD is based in Nanyuki, Laikipia County, and was established in July 2002 as a follow up of the then Laikipia Research Programme (1976 – 1997). The CETRAD supports sustainable development of the arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs) of Kenya through research, training and outreach in the key areas of water and natural resources management and governance; regional development and agrarian transformation; livelihood dynamics; and integrated knowledge management and capacity development. The Centre furthermore provides a robust platform for context sensitive and fair research endeavours; and maintains a broad institutional collaborative and partnership network in East Africa and the Global South.

SwissTPH: The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) is a world-leading institute in global health with a particular focus on low- and middle-income countries. Associated with the University of Basel, Swiss TPH uniquely combines research, education and services at local, national and international level. We aim to improve the health and well-being of people through a better understanding of disease and health systems and by acting on this knowledge.

In addition, the conference is co-hosted by the Swiss Society for African Studies (SSAS), the largest society for African Studies in Switzerland,