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  • Josheena Naggea

    Josheena Naggea

    Research Asst - Graduate, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources

    BioJosheena is a doctoral candidate in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER). She researches the most pressing marine governance issues in small island states focusing on the Western Indian Ocean, and particularly her home country, the Republic of Mauritius. She has most recently worked on assessing the compounding social impacts of COVID-19 and the 2020 Wakashio oil spill disaster on coastal communities in Mauritius. Her doctoral work is situated at the nexus of political ecology and marine policy and focuses on adaptive management of marine protected areas (MPAs), community inclusion, and the valorization of natural and cultural heritage in marine governance. Josheena’s community-based scholarship explores the complexities of local environmental stewardship efforts and environmental identity in a post-colonial context.

    Prior to coming to Stanford, she worked as a program manager for a marine conservation NGO in Mauritius, where she spearheaded several environmental awareness campaigns, including a marine Eco-Guide certification program for tourist operators around a marine park, and was actively involved in the first national closure of octopus fisheries, a pioneering initiative led by multiple stakeholder groups. She is motivated to pursue her current research because of her personal connections in her communities of study.

  • Fridah Nyakundi

    Fridah Nyakundi

    Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources

    BioFridah Nyakundi is an E-IPER PhD student whose broad research interests include productive water use, intensification of smallholder farms, land-use change and food security in Sub-Saharan Africa. Fridah graduated with a bachelor in economics and statistics (2014) and a masters of arts in economics (2016), both from the University of Nairobi. Her thesis focused on sustainably optimizing extractive forests in Kenya by calculating the optimal rotation period of three tree species that are the most harvested in Kenya.
    Before her PhD program, Fridah worked as a Senior Research Associate with the International Center For Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) within the Africa region.