Senior Lecturer

Dr. Shazia Chaudhry

Shazia Chaudhry is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Diplomacy and International Studies (DDIS), University of Nairobi, Kenya. She is also an associate with the Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation, University of Nairobi. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree (Mathematics and Physics) from the University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. She holds an MA and Ph. D in International Studies from the Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies, University of Nairobi, Kenya. Her research interests revolve around examining climate change from the perspectives of anthropogenic factors and the consequent effects on human security in the developing world, particularly Africa. Her research interests focus on the issues of growing deforestation and land degradation around Kenya’s water towers (like the Mau Forest Complex and the Mount Kenya Forest) and the corresponding climatic changes, with widespread socio-economic implications. Other than that, her areas of special interest include issues in global security, environmental conflicts, and environmental diplomacy. She has published a number of articles and research papers on international relations issues especially highlighting the subject of human-induced climate change and the associated implications for the vulnerable communities that are highly dependent on the environment. She takes a keen interest in the welfare of underprivileged and vulnerable members of society.


Contact information

Phone: +254 0734850032
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Senior Lecturer; Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies, University of Nairobi
P O BOX, 30197-00100, Nairobi, Kenya.

Recent publications

 China- Africa Economic Relations in the Post Mao Era, Lambert Academic Publications, Germany, 2014.

 Climate Change and Human Security in Africa: Issues and Perspectives, University of Nairobi Press,
( In the process of writing)

Book Chapters:
 Chaudhry, S. (2021) Political Economy of Forest Degradation and Climate Changes in Kenya: Case Study of the Maasai Mau Forest. In: Leal Filho W., Luetz J., Ayal D. (eds) Handbook of Climate Change Management. Springer, Cham.

 Chaudhry, S, D, Ong’ech and P, Njoroge, ‘Responses to Covid-19 and climate Action in the EAC: Lessons from the case of Kenya’ Africa Research and Impact network, Kenya (Approved for publishing by early 2022)

Newsletter Papers and Journal Articles:
 Chaudhry, S., (2014) ‘Climate Change and Regional Security’, Horn of Africa Bulletin, January-February 2014.

 Chaudhry, S. (2016) ‘The Impact of Climate Change on Human Security: The Case of the Mau Forest Complex’, Development, 58.2/3, Society for International Development (SID), Macmillan Palgrave Production, UK. Available at

 Chaudhry, S. (2016), ‘Climate Change Impact on Mount Kenya: Lets Save the Glaciers’ Utafiti News, Issue No. 4, December (2016), University of Nairobi.

 Chaudhry, S. (2017), ‘Loss of Eastern Mau Forest: Implications on climate change and Environmental Sustainability’, Utafiti News, Issue No. 5, December 2017, University of Nairobi.

 Chaudhry, S, and Otondi, Sekou Toure (2018) "The Role of the African Union and Regional Economic Communities as Impetus for Peace and Security: A Case Study of the Economic Community of West African States," International Journal of Security Studies: Vol. 1 : Issue. 1, Article 6. Available at:

 Chaudhry, S. (2019). Politics of land excisions and climate change in the Mau Forest Complex: A case study of the South-Western Mau Forest. Journal of Sustainability, Environment and Peace, 1(2), 52-62.Available at

 Ronoh, K. James. & Chaudhry, S., (2019). ‘Root causes of environmental conflicts that undermine socio-economic development in Kuresoi Sub County, Kenya.’ International Academic Journal of Law and Society, 1(2), 242-261 Available at:

 Chaudhry, S. Addressing Climate Change Adaptation Challenges for the Mountain Communities in
Kenya: A Case Study of Mount Kenya’, (in the process of writing)

 Wachira, J. & S, Chaudhry, (2021)‘How East African Countries can Adapt to Climate Change during
Covid-19’, Democracy in Africa, 9 February 2021 Available at:

 Chaudhry, S. & Ouda, J., (2021), Perspectives on the Rights of Climate Migrants in the Horn of
Africa: A Case study of Somalia, Journal of Somali Studies, Volume 8, (Number 1), June, 2021
pp 13-40,