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The School of Economics offers specialized training in Economics at the Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral levels. Instruction is organized around three thematic areas, Economic Theory; Applied Economics; and, Mathematics and Quantitative Economics. The conversion of the former Department of Economics into a School (in 2006) has improved the framework for instruction and research in economics and has created opportunities for designing and launching new programs that meet emerging market requirements. The latest on the menu is the Master of Science in Health Economics and Policy, a flagship project that we are very excited to launch.The School’s programmes prepare students for globally competitive careers and graduates students with well-developed intellectual skills in economics. Alumni of the School hold top careers in Economics at the local and international levels. The School of Economics maintains strong links with international and regional organisations with similar or related mandates. We invite all our potential customers to join us and not to miss the opportunity to earn a degree in economics from our unit. We are proud to be the leading centre of excellence in both undergraduate and graduate training in Economics in Eastern Africa. We also invite all alumni and stakeholders to come and partner with the School as we strive to achieve our vision of ‘a centre of Scholarly Excellence in Training and Research in Economics’.


Prof. Jane Kabubo-Mariara holds a B.A, M.A. and PhD in Economics from the University of Nairobi. She is currently the Director of the School of Economics, University of Nairobi. She is also a member of the board of directors of the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics where she represents public universities. In addition, she is also a member of a number of regional and international professional societies. Her key research interests include the impact (and adaptations) of climate change on agriculture; environmental and natural resource economics and poverty and income distribution issues, with emphasis on multiple dimensions of child poverty. From a very humble research beginning, she rose to become among the most active and competitive researchers with the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), the poverty and Economic Policy (PEP) Research network and the Center for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa (CEEPA). She has also worn many research grants from local, regional and international organizations. Kabubo-Mariara has also participated and competently presented papers in many local, regional and international workshops and conferences including World Congresses in her areas of research. Kabubo-Mariara is currently a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of African Growth and Development Policy (AGRODEP) Modeling Consortium; resource person with the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC); a Working Group Member of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 2nd Scientific Conference; member of the editorial board of Environment and Development Economics and an associate editor of the African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AFJARE); and, an international representative of SACHA International Academic Journals. She has consulted for the World Bank, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC); the African Economic Research Consortium; and, the Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) among other institutions. She has been a visiting fellow at the International Monetary Fund (Washington DC), The World Bank (Washington DC), the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (Italy), Cornell University (U.S.A) and Laval University (Canada). Kabubo-Mariara has extensive knowledge and experience of university administration having served as deputy director, and director of the School of Economics, member of University of Nairobi Senate; member of University of Nairobi Deans Committee; member of the University of Nairobi College of Humanities and Social Sciences Management and Academic Boards; member of a number of University Management Board sub-committees; External examiner in several universities; Academic Board Member of the AERC Collaborative PhD. and Collaborative Masters Programmes. She has over 20 years University teaching experience and supervision of Masters and Doctoral students.

Research Interest

Impact and adaptations of climate change on agriculture; Environmental and natural resource economics; Poverty and Labour market issues; Multiple dimensions of child poverty.



Director, School of Economics, University of Nairobi



1st term (Dec 2010 - Dec 2013)


Specialization Areas

Development Economics; Environment and Natural Resource Economics







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