Abel Atiti

Research Fellow

  • Atiti, Abel
    Pacifico-Yokohama, 1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, 220-8502 Yokohama
    +81 45 221-2300

    Research Interests

    • Capacity development
    • Networked governance
    • Transformative learning for sustainability
    • Realist evaluation


    Ph.D., Environmental Studies, Macquarie University
    M.Ed, Environmental Education, Rhodes University
    B.Ed, Science Education, Kenyatta University

    Biographical Statement

    Abel Barasa Atiti, a Kenyan national, joined the United Nations University as a Research Fellow for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in February 2011. He holds a PhD in Environmental Studies from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. His PhD thesis explored organizational learning and sustainability in a Kenya context using critical action research methodology. His research interests are in capacity development, networked governance, transformative learning for sustainability and realist evaluation. He is particularly interested in building educational systems that support participatory decision-making, equality and gender balance, tolerance to diversity and mobilisation of resources to address poverty, as part of contributing to a sustainable world. At the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), Abel fosters global learning spaces for ESD through networking, capacity development and policy-oriented research processes. He is involved in the expansion and strengthening of the global network on Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development with a main focus on Africa. He also teaches on the UNU-IAS Master of Science in Environmental Governance (Specialization in Biodiversity) Course.

    Prior to joining UNU-IAS, Abel was the Head of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation at the National Museums of Kenya (NMK). He also worked as a Quality Assurance Officer, Senior Curator and Environmental Education Officer at the same organization. His work at the NMK focused on enforcing quality management systems adherence within the framework of ISO 9001:2008 Standard. Abel has a teaching background in science education, museum education and botanic garden education that enabled him to widely implement environmental education programmes to schools and other groups in Kenya. He has published articles in international conferences and peer reviewed journals.