Our Team

Assoc Prof: Shuaib LwasaAssoc Prof: Shuaib Lwasa
Cordniator,

Shuaib Lwasa has over 15 years of experience in university teaching and research working on interdisciplinary projects. His recent work has been in the fields of climate change mitigation, adaptation of cities to climate change, urban environmental management, spatial planning, and disaster risk reduction, as well as urban sustainability with links to livelihood systems and vulnerability to climate change. He has published on cities and adaptation to climate change, health impacts of climate change, land and property rights, land use and landscape ecology, resource efficiency, and spatial planning for sustainability. Shuaib coordinates the Habitat University (UNI) climate change and disaster Hub. He also serves on the Science steering committee of Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) and the Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (UGEC) of Future Earth. Download CV
Paul Isolo Mukwaya
Dr. Paul Isolo Mukwaya
Researcher,

Paul holds a PhD in Geography from Makerere University Kampala Uganda. He received his B.A. in Geography from Makerere University and a Masters of Philosophy degree in Social Change [Specialising in Geography] from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim Norway. He has broader research interests in: Geography and Society, Development of Geographical Thought; Institutional aspects of environmental change, Human-Environment Interactions Environmental Planning and Design, Traffic and Transport/Infrastructure Planning, Emissions Pathways, Urban Systems Analysis, and climate Change Adaptation/Mitigation.
Dr. Buyana Kareem
Dr. Buyana Kareem
Researcher,

Buyana Kareem is a UAL researcher and principal investigator for Leading Integrated Research on Agenda 2030-LIRA. The LIRA project focuses on the connections between global measures of energy sustainability in cities and micro-scale pilots of energy solutions in informal urban settlements of Kampala (Uganda) and Nairobi (Kenya). Kareem is an Editorial Board Member of Socio-Ecological Practice Research (SEPR), a Journal that publishes scholarly articles to achieve the dual ambition of producing new knowledge and improving (instead of just informing) ecological practice. He has contributed to global flagship publications on the future of cities, particularly “The Weight of Cities: Resource Requirements for Future Urbanization,” which was released recently by the International Resource Panel of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Please follow this link:
Contacts
Buyana Kareem
P.O Box 33145 Kampala
Mob: +2567778884280
Email: kbuyana@gmail.com, Skype: buyana.kareem, Twitter:@buyanathelec
Kasaija Peter
Kasaija Peter
Researcher,

Peter is currently working as a research associate for ESID’s research on urban pro-poor programming in Uganda, with Diana Mitlin and Sophie King. The research project is a partnership between ESID and the National Slum Dwellers Federation and its support NGO, ACTogether.
His main research interests include informality, governance and climate change adaptation in Uganda. He is also currently engaged with the Urban Action Lab (UAL), which is undertaking research work on green/renewable energy, heterogeneous infrastructure and disaster risk reduction (DRR).
Benon Nabaasa Baguma
Benon Nabaasa Baguma
Researcher/Graduate student,

Benon B Nabaasa is a pastoralist and a graduate student at Makerere University’s Department of Geography Geoinformatics and Climatic Sciences. He holds a first class honors from the Department of Forestry Biodiversity and Tourism and is now a researcher at the Urban Action Lab (UAL) housed under the Department of Geography, Makerere University. His fields of competency at the UAL include natural resources and ecosystem services mapping and survey, GIS, Geospatial analysis and Earth observation, Permaculture, Participatory GIS and Community Based Participatory Planning. Benon has been an active researcher and has several publications to his name. He is passionate about natural self-sustaining systems and livelihoods, systems like pastoralism, subsistence farming and all systems that imitate nature. nabaasabenon@gmail.com
Judith
Mbabazi Judith
Researcher/Graduate student

Judith is a Research Assistant at the Urban Action Lab. She has a degree of Urban Planning from Makerere University and is currently working on her Master’s thesis.
Her research interest is mainly on cities, their impact on urban livelihoods and the impact of policy and planning on urban lives. She is passionate about issues that affect the quality of life in terms of livability, economic growth and development, inclusion and equity, with a keen interest on policy and planning and how the two shape urban environments. She is currently working on the KNOW Project.
Ambrose
Buyinza Ambrose Wabwire
Researcher/Graduate student,

Ambrose has a strong background and superior foundation in physical and spatial land use planning, Geograpical information systems, computer aided design and GPS skills. His undergraduate research focused on the implications of high rise developments on the existing urban infrastructure (Jinja Municipality). Ambrose has worked with many organisations, national and local governments on a variety of projects specifically as a GIS specialist. He is currently undertaking his postgraduate research in Seasonal variability of herbage biomass resources for grazers(cattle and sheep) in Karamoja sub region. Ambrose’s other fields of interest include disaster and risk management, Risk assessment and analysis, advanced GIS, Architecture among others. Ambrose is part of the team building the information base at the UN HABITAT, Makerere University through research.
Disan
Byaruhanga Disan
Researcher/Graduate student,

Byarugaba Disan is a Graduate student in MA.Geography, Makerere University Kampala Uganda. He is currently working as a research assistant under Urban Action Lab which include green energy innovation in Kampala under the AWELIS project and HICCUP.
He has also participated in other research work on flood mitigation processes, location risks on climate change induced flooding in Kampala city’s informal settlements. Disan has been involved in a number of field studies in mountain regions of Uganda including Rwenzori Mountains, Kigezi highlands and Mt. Elgon region where he participated in collecting and analysing data on activities, challenges and climate change adaptation processes by communities in such areas. His other research interests include mountain and wetlands resources management, sustainable tourism development, morphology and geology and climate change.
Kasaija Peter
Nakyagaba Gloria N
Researcher/Graduate student

Gloria is a researcher with the UAL with major interests in Urban and Sustainability studies. She was a student on the HICCUP Project but also researcher on energy, weather extremes, and sustainability and infrastructure projects within the lab. The ‘gulper’ girl as she is also known has recently been immersed in investigating power relations in Kampala’s sanitation sector out of which also comes her master’s thesis.
Hakim
Hakimu Sseviiri
Researcher/Graduate student

Hakimu has just completed his undergraduate studies majoring in Geography at Makerere University and is currently pursuing his M.A Geography from the he same university. He is working as a research assistant at the Urban Action Lab coordinated focusing on Urban Risk, Green Energy and Heterogeneous Infrastructure. He joined the Urban Action Lab in 2015 and is involved in urban risk and green energy projects within the informal settlements of Kampala. He has done research on food security and climate change under the IHACC (Indigenous Health Adaptation to Climate Change), Soil erosion modeling in Eastern Uganda, evolution of Uganda’s landscapes and ecosystem services. His interests are in urban studies, geomorphology, climate change, disasters, remote sensing and Geographical Information Science.
Emily
Emilinah Namaganda
Researcher/Graduate student

Emilinah is working on her thesis under the Indigenous Health Adaptation to Climate Change (IHACC) program. In her research, she engages a mixed method approach including remote sensing and social analysis (interviews and focus group discussions) to examine the impact of land quality on the agricultural productivity of the Batwa in Kanungu District, South Western Uganda.
Kasaija Peter
Triphine Ainembabazi
Researcher/Graduate student

Triphine (Phiny) is an MSc student of Disaster Risk Management at Makerere University and a research assistant at the Urban Action Lab. Her research interests include climate risk, disaster risk reduction, Food security and geographical information systems. Her research thesis aims to address the question of how climate risk may affect the food systems of the indigenous Batwa communities in south western Uganda.
Teddy
Kisembo Teddy
Researcher/Graduate student

Teddy is a researcher at the Urban Action Lab (UAL) Geography Department Makerere University Kampala Uganda. She has an Urban Planning background with a masters in Land Use and Regional Development. Her main interests are in Cities, Environment, Climate Change, Urban Governance and Sustainable Development. She has engaged in projects that have focused on flood risk relocation, land markets and their impacts on urban development, urban resilient and community capacity building and energy transitions (turning waste into energy). She is currently working on the Urban Resilience and Urban Know projects with UAL.
Daniel
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