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Dr Emmanuel Kasimbazi returns to Walker for second year

Monday, June 10, 2019

We are thrilled to announce Dr Emmanuel Kasimbazi has returned to the Walker Institute for two months on a second British Academy Research Scholarship. During his time with Walker this summer, Dr Kasimbazi will be sharing the results of his research “Legal and Governance Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the East African Community", with key stakeholders in the UK.

Whilst at Walker, Dr Kasimbazi will be presenting his research at the University of Reading, the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction at UCL and he also hopes to meet with Members of Parliament from the Committee on Energy and Climate Change.

We are happy to welcome back Dr Kasimbazi for a second year and look forward to working together on his fruitful and vital research.

On Wednesday 3rd July, Dr Kasimbazi will present his paper titled "Governance and Legal Struggles in the processes of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Uganda" in 1U02 Agriculture Building, University of Reading. All our welcome to come along and join the discussion.


Check out our article from his last residency with us last year:

Dr Emmanuel Kasimbazi, Professor of Environmental & Policy at the School of Law and the Director of the Environmental Centre at Makerere University Kampala, Uganda, is currently visiting the Walker Institute on a British Academy Research Scholarship. 

His research interest is in environmental policy and disaster law, and he will be focusing on disaster law in the East African Community (EAC) whilst at Walker. Over the summer, during his visit, he will be presenting seminars on his research in Reading, and he also hopes to travel to Malawi to attend a workshop on disaster law, policy and guidelines.  

Dr Kazimbazi said: “In my area of environmental law, as a conservationist and professor, one of the areas I have focused on is climate change. One area that I have noticed the policy has not addressed is the issue of disasters, especially climate change and disasters. In Africa, we experience the extreme effects of climate change such as floods and droughts.  

“When there are droughts, for example, other countries come to provide help but they do not help in preparation, what we call mitigation measures, to address the risks. So my interest was as a policy and legal expert - how can the law and policy respond to these challenges, before, during and after. This is what my interest is now." 

“The EAC have developed a climate change policy but they have not comprehensively developed disaster-related policy. They have not established the institutions that would specifically address the climate change issues, this is at the regional level. But when you go to the national level, for example, my country Uganda have developed a policy but they have no law. The challenge of not having a law is that there are no legal requirements or obligations. Therefore, people do what they do based on their own moral grounding. “ 

During his time at Walker, Dr Kasimbazi will be focusing his research on international, regional and national disaster law policies and how they fit together. He will be specifically asking what the responses, policies, gaps, and strengths are, and what can be done to improve them. Dr Kasimbazi then hopes to be able to make recommendations to the EAC based on his research findings.  

If you would like to discuss any of the points raised in this article or contact Dr Kasimbazi, please do not hesitate to contact us at