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Valentine Opanga



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Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin/Research associate


Postadresse / Postal address:

Meckenheimer Allee 166 - D-53115 Bonn

Büro / Office: Geozentrum - Meckenheimer Allee 176


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Research Focus


Curriculum Vitae


Research Focus

• Environmental Governance
• Climate Action
• Hydro politics
• Natural resource-based conflict resolution


Research Topic: The Political Ecology of Greenspace Governance in Urban Areas: A Comparative Analysis of Processes in Nairobi and Berlin
Urban greenspaces play a key role in mitigating the urban heat island effect and reducing the amount of greenhouse gasses by sequestering carbon. However, they are already under threat in both in Nairobi and Berlin cities. The pressure on green spaces coupled with ensuing management-related issues is very high. Therefore, this research will critically analyse how populations that reside within urban areas in both the global North and global south interact with and govern greenspaces in the face of climate change. The Study will be carried out in Nairobi’s Uhuru Park and Berlin’s Mauerpark.
The research will attempt to optimize the political ecology of green space governance in Nairobi and Berlin by comparing management strategies of the two urban cities. The research will analyse the concept of greenspace governance as a travelling idea and generate insights into how two different capital cities – one in the global South, one in the global North – govern their green spaces, by focusing on how green spaces are planned, created and maintained; how populations use and view them; and how politics influences overall governance. The study will be based on the theory of political ecology. The goal is to invigorate the cities’ concepts by applying lessons learnt in Nairobi to Berlin, and vice versa, and adapting their concepts to their respective context-specific interests.



DAAD In country/In region Scholarship (2015-2017)
Alexander Von Humboldt International Climate Protection Fellowship (2021-2022)


Curriculum Vitae

Since 2021: International Climate Protection Fellow AG Mueller-Mahn

Since 2019: Kenya Youth Representative to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development’s Youth and Land Program (Volunteer)

2020 - 2021: Program Manager Plastic Pollution Governance Framework Network Program at the Center for Advanced Studies in Environmental Law and Policy, University of Nairobi

2019 - 2020: Consultant Environmental Incentives LLC (Nairobi Office), Economics of Natural Capital in East Africa Project

2016 - 2020: Project Manager Institute for Law and Environmental Governance

2016 - 2017: Research Assistant at the Committee on the Revision of the Kenya Wildlife Policy of 2002, Center for Advanced Studies in Environmental Law and Policy, University of Nairobi

2015 - 2018: MA Environmental Policy, University of Nairobi

2013 - 2018: Research Assistant, Dr. Ibrahim Farah, the Somali Academy

2010 - 2014: B.A. International Studies, University of Nairobi

2008 - 2010: Diploma, Public Relations, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology



Maina Alex, Opanga Valentine, Ochieng Benson, Johara Bellali, Karimi Gitonga, Niala Claire, and Strauch Lisa, (2018). Local Climate Action Toolkit for Kwale County, Kenya: First Steps to Designing your climate change Project, adelphi GmbH, Berlin, Germany

Opanga Valentine and Ibrahim Farah, (2017). Hydro politics of the Nile: Role of South Sudan, Development Journal, Vol. 59(3), 308-313Available at article/10.1057/s41301-017-0117-6

Farah Ibrahim, Opanga Valentine, Toure Sekou, and Ninga Sarah, (2017). China in Africa: A call for Makumism in Africa’s development, Palgrave, McMillan, UK. Volume 58, Issue 4, pp 608–613

Farah Ibrahim and Valentine Opanga (2016). The impact of externalization and securitization of border protection and asylum processes. Horn of Africa Bulletin, 2016

Farah Ibrahim, Opanga Valentine and Saadia Abdishakur, Eastleigh (2016). ‘Little Mogadishu’ and its Traditional Integration into the East African Economy: The Secret Challenge and Opportunities, Horn of Africa Bulletin.