Position: Dean - School of Economics
Dr. Paul Mwangi Gachanja is a senior lecturer at the school. He took up his position as Dean of the School of Economics on the 1st of November 2018.
Dr. Gachanja joined Kenyatta University in 1990 for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics. His distinguished performance as an undergraduate student saw him graduate with a First Class Honours later in 1995. He would later join the Department of Economics as a postgraduate student earning himself a Master of Arts degree in 1997. He became a faculty member and later enrolled for his doctoral degree in KU. In 2008, he was conferred with a doctorate in Economics from Kenyatta University.
Before this appointment as Dean, Dr. Gachanja held various leadership positions at the University both at the school and at the University levels. At the school level, Dr. Gachanja was the founding head of the Economic Theory department as well as acting dean of the school for ad-hoc periods since 2008. He held this position for six years until 2014. Prior to his appointment at the department of Economic Theory, Dr. Gachanja worked in many capacities including serving as the examination coordinator for the department of Economics as well as at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Since 2015, he has been the Chairman of the Post Graduate Committee at the school where he ensured successful PhD completion rate of over 95%..
At the University level, Dr. Gachanja has diligently served in various appointments. Since 2010, he rendered distinguished service to the University as the Chairman of the Tender Evaluation Committee. Here, he facilitated an honest and illustrious tender evaluation process for over four years. In addition, Dr. Gachanja served in a lead team of University officials for a multi-million Private-Public-Partnership project that intends to develop ultra-modern residential facilities for students.
Dr. Gachanja is known for his prowess in Microeconomic theory and Quantitative Methods; fields that he has a long standing experience in teaching and research. His main research interests are Efficiency and Productivity Economics and has recently developed enormous interest in Development Economics particularly in Low Income Countries as well as the Economics of the Maritime Industry. He has incredible experience in University curriculum development and review and has consulted for the Africa Economic Research Consortium’s Collaborative Masters and PhD Programmes (AERC – CMAP and CPP) as well as COMESA. He is a seasoned publisher in peer reviewed journals, books and book chapters as well as the dailies on matters economics. When he is out of class, Dr. Gachanja mentors early career scholars and innovators, an effort that has seen many of his mentees take up further studies in leading Universities abroad as others compete and participate in global innovation platforms.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 November 2018 10:10