Maureen Kinyanjui

PhD Candidate in Conservation Science, University of Edinburgh

About Maureen Kinyanjui

Conservation Scientist with experience in conservation conflicts management, sustainable agriculture, food security, drought management and rural development. Proven skills in project management, monitoring and evaluation, communication and community mobilization. I am a PhD Candidate at the School of Geosciences - University of Edinburgh. I have an MA in Global Studies from the University of Freiburg- Germany and FLACSO Argentina, MSc in Conservation and Rural Development from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE), University of Kent. My conservation interest is to improve local community participation and involvement in ecosystem management

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Areas of expertise

Behaviour change campaigns Livelihood, Economic & Moral Incentive Research Project/programme management

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Recent Comments

Aug 10, 2020
Replying to Lesole Montshiwa

Hello Maureen, this is really interesting, i like it. Am from Botswana, the country that has big population of elephants and high human elephant conflict. i like it where you emphasis community needs first approach and species needs second. oftentimes, we make mistake by putting animals' needs in front and forget the needs of the people we want to co-exist with wildlife. i wish to learn from you how you address this issue of human elephant conflict in Kenya.

Hello Lesole, thank you for your comment. It is indeed a tricky balancing act trying to meet species needs and human needs because they always seem to be in conflict. I think the best way is to find a middle ground and agree on some trade-offs so that we can promote coexistence. Feel free to contact me anytime you want to share ideas. 

Aug 10, 2020
Replying to Beth Robinson

Hello Maureen, thanks so much for sharing your this. I really enjoyed reading it and learning more about the complexities of this situation. 

Thank you, Beth, I am glad you enjoyed reading this article. It is a complex situation and I am still learning. Understanding human behaviour is very challenging, I hope to learn more from the networks of conservationist we have in Wildhub. 

Aug 10, 2020
Replying to Danita Strickland

this is amazing Maureen, Malo lava. Listening, something everyone can learn to do Better. Love you from Samoa

Thank you, Dani. Working in the field is a really good learning experience. Hugs back!

Aug 10, 2020
Replying to Lauren Hemmings

Hi Maureen, this is a really interesting article and I think the work you are doing sounds excellent. I first heard of the research into elephant reactions to bees when reading about Lucy King's work with save the elephants, after reading Ian Douglas-Hamilton's books about his battle for the elephants. Harmony between elephants and humans is  something that I have realised takes a lot of patience, but definitely can be achieved using smart solutions. I hope to one day work on a project such as this. Lauren

Hi Lauren, thank you very much for your comment and your interest in this article. It is indeed a battle trying to conserve elephants that live in a shared landscape with humans. As conservation scientist in this field, I feel we must include the participation and understanding of communities living with elephants, otherwise, most of what we do will not have much impact. Elephants and Bees project has an internship program that you could apply to once travel is open.