Josh Maiyo is a lecturer in Political Ecology, Environment, and Development at the department of International Relations, School of Humanities and Social Sciences at USIU-Africa. His research and scholarly interests lie in the intersection between the socio-politics of environment and natural resource governance, agrarian change, and rural development. Other research areas include the political ecology of Chinese engagement in Africa. Before joining USIU-A in 2019, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Radboud University, Nijmegen in the Netherlands where his research examined the dynamics of land administration and local government legitimacy in Northern Uganda. Prior to that, he was a research fellow in the China-Africa Research Initiative (CARI) at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington DC, where he conducted research on the political ecology of Chinese agriculture and infrastructure investments in East Africa (Uganda and Kenya).
Dr. Maiyo has extensive teaching experience in the Netherlands, having served as a senior lecturer in international relations at the Leiden campus of Webster University, in the Netherlands; the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam where he taught environment, globalization and development; and the University of Amsterdam (UvA) where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in international Development, and Human Geography. He has also been a visiting lecturer at the Centre for African Studies (JEFCAS), Bradford University (UK); the Centre for African Studies (ZASB), University of Basel; African Studies Centre (ASC) Leiden University, and the Leeds University Centre for African Studies (LUCAS).
Dr. Maiyo obtained his PhD in Social Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam (2018) on the topic of foreign large-scale land acquisitions, agrarian change, and rural development in Uganda. Dr. Maiyo also holds post-graduate degrees in Political Science and International Relations (MSc) from the University of Amsterdam (cum laude), and a MPhil in African Studies from Leiden University.
In his spare time, Josh Maiyo enjoys long-distance running and practicing small-scale agroecology in Kenya’s western Rift-Valley.
- 2018: PhD in Social Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands.
- 2008: MPhil in African Studies, Africa Studies Centre, Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands.
- 2006: Master of Science in Political Science and International Relations, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
- 1995: Bachelor of Education (Arts) in English Language and Literature, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya.
- Maiyo, J. (Forthcoming 2021). Assessing trajectories of China-Africa technology transfer: The case of the Uganda-China friendship agricultural technology demonstration centre, Journal of Asian and African Studies.
- Leeuwen M., Kobusingye, D., & Maiyo, J. (Forthcoming 2021). The legitimation effects of development interventions – strengthening land registration in Northern Uganda, Security Dialogue.
- Maiyo, J. K., & Evers, S. J. T. M. (2020). Claim-making in transnational land deals: Discourses of legitimation and stakeholder relations in central Uganda. Geoforum, 109, 125–134. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2019.04.014
- Maiyo, J., Kobusingye, D.N., Sanou, B.W., Antwi-Bediako, R., and Salomao, A., (2016) Governing Commercial Pressures on Land in Africa: What is the Role of Local Government? LANDac Working Paper, IDS, Utrecht University. https://usercontent.one/wp/www.landgovernance.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/LANDac-Role-of-Local-Gov-MZ-Working-Paper.pdf
- Maiyo, J. (2010) Political Parties and Democratic Consolidation in East Africa, LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, Saarbrcken.
- Maiyo, J. (2010) Justice in Conflict: The Suitability of International Justice in Conflict Resolution the International Criminal Court in Northern Uganda, LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, Saarbrcken.
- Maiyo, J. et al. (2009) Health Hope and Home? The possibilities and constraints of voluntary return for African rejected asylum seekers and irregular migrants living with HIV in the Netherlands, International Organization for Migration (IOM), The Hague. http://www.iom¬nederland.nl/dsresource?objectid=2458&type=org
- Maiyo, J. (2010) ‘Political parties and intra-party democracy in East Africa: Considerations for democratic consolidation’, in Mirjam de Bruijn & Daniela Merolla (eds) Researching Africa: Explorations of everyday African encounters, African Studies Collection, Vol. 26, Leiden, African Studies Centre pp. 3155. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3579313
- Maiyo, J. (2021). Socio-environmental imperatives for China-Africa Cooperation ahead of FOCAC2021. Academia Letters, Article 1626. https://doi.org/10.20935/AL1626
- Kobusingye, D., Maiyo, J., Leeuwen, M. V., & Betge, D. (2019). Strengthening local land registration in conflict-affected northern Uganda; Main findings and policy recommendations. POLICY PAPER, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands. https://repository.ubn.ru.nl/handle/2066/212647
- Maiyo, J. (2014) The Political Ecology of Chinese Agriculture Investments in Uganda: The case of Hanhe farm. SAIS-CARI Policy Brief 01/2014, Johns Hopkins University, Washington D.C. http://www.sais-cari.org/research/chinese-agricultural-investments-in-africa
- Maiyo, J. (2018). Accessing African Farmlands: Discourses and Practices of Transnational Land Acquisitions in Central Uganda. Conference Paper: AEGIS CRG ‘Africa in the World – Rethinking Africa’s Global Connections’ Conference: Destination Africa - Contemporary Africa as a global meeting point, Leiden, 22-23 March 2018 https://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3833728
- Maiyo, J. (2016). Tracking local narratives of Chinese infrastructure engagement in Kenya: A case study of the Kenya Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project. Conference presentation; 3rd annual China-Africa Research Initiative (CARI) Conference, October 13 & 14, 2016 at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington DC. http://www.sais-cari.org/event-details/2016/8/26/2016-conference-chinese-infrastructure-in-africa
- Maiyo (2016). What is China really doing in rural Africa? Johns Hopkins University SAIS-CARI Policy Roundtable. http://www.sais-cari.org/event-details/2016/4/18/policy-roundtable-what-is-china-really-doing-in-rural-africa
- Maiyo, J. (2015). The impact of HIV diagnosis on gender identity and safer sex among HIV+ Sub- Saharan African migrants in the Netherlands. Conference Paper; 7th South African AIDS Conference (SA AIDS), 9-12 June 2015 in Durban, South Africa, 2015. https://www.academia.edu/47278301/The_impact_of_HIV_diagnosis_on_gender_identity_and_safer_sex_among_HIV_Sub_Saharan_African_migrants_in_the_Netherlands
- Maiyo, J. (2011). Assessing cultural determinants of safer sex behaviour among HIV+ Sub-Saharan Africans in the Netherlands. Conference Paper; 14th European AIDS Conference (EACS) Oct 12-15, 2011 Belgrade, Serbia, 2011. https://www.academia.edu/46947050/Assessing_cultural_determinants_of_safer_sex_behaviour_among_HIV_Sub_Saharan_Africans_in_the_Netherlands
- Maiyo, J. (2011). Intra-party politics and party systems in Kenya. Conference Paper: International Conference; Party Systems and the Future of Democracy in Sub-Saharan Africa. 22-24 September 2011, Warwick University, UK. https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pais/research/researchcentres/csd/news/conferences/conference2011/program_conference
Areas of Teaching:
- Political Ecology,
- Environmental governance,
- Land and Agrarian change,
- Sociology of development, and
- China-Africa relations
- IRL6055 - Theories of Development and Underdevelopment
- IRL6035 - Politics and Patterns of Cooperation and Conflict
- IRL6030 - Issues of Development and Conflict
- IRL4065 - East Africa in World Affairs
- IRL4150 - Area Studies
- IRL3010 - Development Issues in Africa
- IRL3021 - African Philosophy and Ideologies
- GEO3000 - Geography and the Environment