||KINYUA Laban Kithinji
||Visiting Researcher, African Studies Center - TUFS
||Global Studies, Comparative Politics, International Development
||Africa, Politics, Development, Globalisation, Youths
||My research curiosity and interests revolves around the questions as to why majority of African societies remains impoverished. Thus, I explore the livelihoods of rural sub-Saharan Africa through the lenses of politics to learn their coping and survival mechanisms. I am interested in how, particularly the young generation, rural Africans try to negotiate their livelihoods through an intersection and appropriation of local and global norms. My current project involves an exploration of engagement of the youths in rural Africa with the digital platforms namely social media and mobile money transactions.
||BA, Tokyo Christian University
MA, Sophia University
PhD, Sophia University
||2017 - 2018 - Research Assistant, Graduate School of Global Studies, Sophia University.
2017 - 2019 - Adjunct Lecturer, Global Interdiscplinary Studies & Department of Global Politics, Hosei University.
2018 - 2021 - Research Fellow, Institute of Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Studies (IAAMES), Sophia University.
2019 - 2020 - Visiting Researcher, University of Embu.
2019 - 2021 - Post-Doctoral Fellow, Japan Society for Promotion of Sciences (JSPS), Hosei University.
||Japan Association for African Studies (JAAS)
Japan Society for Afrasian Studies (JSAS)
Association for the Study of Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD)
- Kinyua, L. (2020). "Revitalising the Promise of Harambee: Analysis of Contemporary Resource Mobilising Schemes in Rural Kenya". In Y. Matsunami and S. Takeuchi (Eds.), ASC-TUFS Working Papers 2019: Challenges of Development and Natural Resource Governance in Africa. Tokyo: African Studies Center - Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, pp. 55-73.
- Kinyua, L. (2019). "Navigating through the Tides of a Corrupt State: Youths Engagement with SMEs and ICT in Kenya". In H. Kirikoshi, Y. Matsunami, and S. Takeuchi (Eds.), ASC-TUFS Working Papers 2018: Development, Migration, and Resources in Africa. Tokyo: African Studies Center - Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, pp.161-180.
- Kinyua, L. (2018). "Democracy in Post-Conflict States in Africa: Is the "Gospel" of Peace Undermining Democracy in Eastern Africa?". Asia Peace Building Initiatives, [online].
- Kinyua, L. (2017). "The Poor Communities Interactions with Global Interventions: Examining NGO-isation in Kenyan Society". The Global Studies Journal 10(3): 39-52.
- Mapping Adoption and Usage of M-Pesa in Rural Kenya, the 56th Japan Association of African Studies Conference, Kyoto Seika University, Kyoto, May 2019.
- Towards TICAD 7: Consolidating African Voices, TICAD 7 Seminar, Sophia University, Tokyo, December 2018.
- The Politics of Aid and Decentralised State in Africa: An Evaluation of State Programmes in Kenya to Map Out Strategies for Implementing Donor Assistance Within the Confines of New Devolved Structures, the 2nd A-Asia New Axis of Knowledge Conference, University of Dar-es-Salaam, Dar-es-Salaam, September 2018.
- Japan AID Regime and the New Devolved Governments in Kenya, the 55th Japan Association of African Studies Conference, Hokkaido University, Hokkaido, May 2018.
- Relevancy of AID in a Globalising Africa: Encounters of AID Regime and Devolved Governments in Kenya, Graduate School of Global Studies Workshop Series, Sophia University, Tokyo, December 2017.
- Historicizing Grassroots Political Contestation: Politics of Toponymy, Ethnic Construct, and Decentralization Efforts in Embu County, The 7th Annual AISA International Interdisciplinary Conference, Multimedia University, Nairobi, Kenya, July 2017.
- Japan Discourse on Africa Development: Local Perceptions of TICAD Concept of Mutuality, 10th Decolonizing the Spirit Conference, University of Embu, Embu, Kenya, July 2016.