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Wilson Ugangu

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Wilson Ugangu, PhD

Box 48,197-00100 Nairobi

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Dr. Ugangu is currently Senior Lecturer of media studies at Multimedia University of Kenya, where he also holds the administrative position of Associate Dean, Faculty of Media & Communication Studies. He has written and researched extensively on Kenya’s and Africa’s media and attendant issues of policy, democracy & participation, training and research. His research focus include media and communication policy in developing societies, media and culture, international communication, comparative media studies and media theory. Dr. Ugangu has undertaken various consultancies in the broad area of communication for various organizations such as UNESCO, UNIFEM, IDRC, ASARECA, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, and The Media Council of Kenya among others. He has received personal IIE grants from the Ford Foundation to research various issues, including studying media trends in Kenya and Uganda and an assessment of media reportage of Kenya’s elections in 2013. In 2012, Dr. Ugangu led an initiative for the Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security porgramme (CCAFS) that utilized local language radio as a tool for enhancing knowledge and dialogue in communities coping with climate change. Dr. Ugangu received the Doctor of Literature and Philosophy degree in communication science (D. Litt & Phil) at the University of South Africa in 2013.

Recent Publications

a)Ugangu, W. 2015. Political Influence and Shifts in Kenya’s Media Policy in Exploring Kenya’s Media Policy 1963-2013, Nairobi, Media Policy Research Centre

b)Ugangu, W. 2006. The Development and political mobilization role of the Kenyan indigenous language press, in Indigenous Language media in Africa, ed by Abioudun Salawu, Lagos; CBAAC

c)Ugangu, W. 2011. Media, public interest and policy (2011) in The Media in Kenya: Evolution, Effects and Challenges, ed. By Nyabuga George and Wambui Kiai Nairobi: UON press

d)Ugangu, W. 2011. The silences in public debate created by lack of freedom in Kenya, in African Communication research Vol. 4 (2) pp. 247- 267

e)Ugangu, W. 2014. Linking normative theory to media policy: A case study of Kenya, in Journal of African media studies, Vol. 6 (3) pp. 265-283

f)Ugangu, W. 2012. The Media in Kenya: Evolution, Effects and Challenges. Ed. By George Nyabuga and Wambui Kiai. Nairobi: Ford Foundation and University of Nairobi, in African Journal of Communication, Vol.1 (1) pp. 189- 193

g)Mbeke, P. O, Ugangu, W & Okello- Olarle, R. 2010. The Media We Want: The Kenya Media Vulnerabilities Study, Nairobi, FES

h)Okello- Olarle, R & Ugangu, W. 2010. Beyond Numbers: Narrating the Impact of Women’s leadership in Eastern Africa, Nairobi. AWC

i)Wambui, K, Kiiru, S, Njeri M & Ugangu W. 2009. Media Excellence: Issues of practice and training in East Africa

j)A conflict management training manual for African journalists (2004)- co-authored with Absalom Mutere