Dr. Dorcas Mbuvi

Affiliated Researcher

Research group(s):
3. Economic Development, Innovation, Governance and Institutions
2. Social Protection, Inclusive Innovation and Development

Dorcas is a researcher at UNU-MERIT and in charge of the FINISH-INK project, where the institute is tasked with its impact assessment. She is involved in several research collaborations with diverse institutions including UNU-INWEH (McMaster University, Canada) and UNU-EHS (Bonn, Germany). She is a founding member, lecturer and coordinator of the Risk and Vulnerability specialization - that is part of the MSc in Public Policy and Human Development at Maastricht University (Netherlands).

Previously, Dorcas worked for the Directorate A - NAT section of the European Economic and Social Committee (European Commission, Brussels) that deals with agriculture, rural development and environmental-related themes. She mainly helped design the Sustainable Development Observatory for EU member states. She has also worked for the Faculty of Sciences and Bioengineering Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Brussels in Belgium where she designed and implemented several multi-sectoral and multi-partner projects on integrated natural resource management mainly across Africa and Asia and, co-authored several publications e.g. on corporate social responsibility in the mining sector in Ghana. Dorcas has been involved in instructing and appraising several global student computer simulation exercises including NASPAA-Batten (by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration in the USA) and consulted for several entities including the Global Integrity Institute (Washington DC, USA) and GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH).

Dorcas has a PhD in Economics and Governance (major in Public Policy and Policy Analysis) from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. For her PhD, she examined the nature and role of regulation, industry ownership, infrastructural financing and political economy structures - on urban water utilities’ effectiveness, efficiency and productivity. Her research interests span a variety of themes including: public policy analysis & impact assessment; disaster risk assessment, reduction & financing; financial inclusion & inclusive economic development; integrated natural resource management & governance; productivity & efficiency analysis; and water, sanitation, energy & health nexus.

Selected publications by Dorcas Mbuvi