School of Agriculture,Enviroment,Water and Natural Resources

Dr. KautiDean, School of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
Senior Lecturer, Department of Environment and Land Resources Management, South Eastern Kenya University,
Address: P.O. Box 170-90200, Kitui, KENYA.
Senior Lecturer (Environmental Geography) | Lead Environmental Consultant | Environmental and Social Safeguard Expert | Mentor | Researcher (Human-Environment Relationships, Urban and Rural Livelihoods Security, Natural Resource Management)


  • PhD in Environmental Studies, Tohoku University, JAPAN, 2006-2009.
    Thesis Title: ‘A Geographical and Longitudinal Approach to Rural Livelihood Security and Crisis Responses in Central Kenya.’ Advisor: Prof. Gen Ueda2 | P a g e
  • Master of Arts in Urban Geography, University of Nairobi, KENYA, 2001-2004
    Thesis Title: ‘The Role of Rural-Urban Linkages in Urban and Regional Development: A Case Study of Spatial Interaction of Municipality of Machakos and Rural Umland.’ Advisor: Prof. G.C. Macoloo and Dr. S.O. Owuor
  • Bachelor of Arts in Geography Major (first class honors), University of Nairobi, KENYA, 1994-1998
    Dissertation project: ‘Informal Tertiary Sector Activities in Municipality of Machakos, Machakos District,Kenya.’ Advisor: Dr. S.O. Owuor


  1. Certificate in Strategic Leadership and Change Management, Q-Point at South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU), 26th – 28th November 2013.
  2. Certificate in ISO Auditors Quality Management System based on ISO 9001:2008, Sleek Consultants Limited at South Eastern University College (SEUCO), 19th to 20th April 2012.
  3. Certificate in Environmental Impact Assessment and Audit, South Eastern University College (SEUCO), 11th to 29th October 2010.
  4. Certificate in Implementation of a Quality Management System based on ISO 9001:2008, Alpex Consulting Africa Limited at South Eastern University College (SEUCO), 5th to 7th May 2010.
  5. Certificate in Public Procurement and Disposal ACT 2005 and Regulations 2006, Global Training Institute, 14th to 15th September 2010.
  6. Certificate in Performance Management and Contracting, Global Training Institute, 18th April 2011
  7. Certificate in Japanese Intensive Language Course, Tohoku University, JAPAN, 2006 April– 2006 September

Published articles

  1. Musyoka V. M, Ndungu C. K and Kauti, M. K. (2019): Forestry Provisioning Ecosystem Services Extraction by Forest Adjacent Communities: Evidence from Chyulu Hills Forest, Makueni County, Kenya, International Journal of Environmental Sciences & Natural Resources, Volume 17 Issue 5.
  2. Kazungu, A.T, Kauti, M.K and Gikuma, N.P, (2019): Cost Benefit Analysis of Different Energy Sources used in Public Secondary Schools in Mtito-Andei Division, Makueni County, Kenya, International Journal of Environmental Sciences & Natural Resources.
  3. Masila, S. M, Kauti, M. K, and Kimiti, J. M, (2019): Effects of Land Degradation on Agricultural Land use: a Case Study of Smallholder Farmers Indigenous Knowledge on Land Use Planning and Management in Kalama Division, Machakos County, Current Journal of Applied Science and Technology, 34(3): 1-15.
  4. Mutwiwa,C., Rotich, B., Kauti, M., Rithaa, J. (2018): Ethnobotanical Survey of Medicinal Plants in Mwala Sub-County, Machakos County, Kenya, Journal of Diseases and Medicinal Plants Vol. 4(4): 110-119.
  5. Kisangau, D., Kauti, M., Mwobobia, R., Kanui, T., Musimba, N. (2017): Traditional knowledge on use of medicinal plants in Kitui County, Kenya, International Journal of Ethnobiology & Ethnomedicine, 4(1). 1-10.
  6. Kauti, M. K, Kebenei, M. C, Kyulu D. M, Levu K, M, Mumo F.M, (2017): Urban Water Resource Use and Management: An Assessment of Challenges and Opportunities of Community Water Supply Systems in Wote Town, Makueni County, Kenya, Journal of Geography, Environment and Earth Science International, Volume 12 Issue 3.
  7. Cheruto, M. C, Kauti, M.K, Kisangau, P.D and Kariuki, P (2016): Assessment of Land Use and Land Cover Change Using GIS and Remote Sensing Techniques: A Case Study of Makueni County, Kenya, J Remote Sensing & GIS 5: 175. doi: 10.4175/2469-4134.1000175
  8. Kieti R.N, Kauti, M.K and Kisangau, D.P (2016). Household Livelihood Strategies and Socio Economic Conditions Influencing Watershed Degradation in Kaiti Sub-watershed, Makueni County, Kenya, Journal of Scientific Research & Reports 12(2): 1-13, 2016; Article no. JSRR.28412 ISSN: 2320-0227.
  9. Kauti, M.K., Kanui, T.I., Wambua, R. and Mwobobia, R.M (2016): Evaluation of Household Soil Conservation Technologies in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) (The Case of Kitui Central, Mulala and Wote Divisions in Kenya), International Journal of Plant & Soil Science Vol. 11 (5).
  10. Kieti R.N, Kauti, M.K and Kisangau, D.P (2016). Biophysical Conditions and Land Use Methods Contributing to Watershed Degradation in Makueni County, Kenya, Journal of Ecosystem & Ecography, Volume 6, Issue 4, ISSN: 2157-7625.
  11. Kanui, T.I., Kauti, M.K., Mwobobia, R.M (2016): The Status of Livestock Livelihood Support System in the South Eastern Dry Lands of Kitui and Makueni Counties, Kenya, International Journal of Livestock Research Vol 6 (04): 73-82, 2016.5 | P a g e
  12. Otsuki, Y., Sasaki, A., Kauti, M. K., Ueda, G., Yuzawa, T., and Yanase, S. (2016). “Gully erosion and natural resource use in a semi-arid pastoral area, North Laikipia, Kenya” [in Japanese] in Quarterly Journal of Geography Volume 67 Number 4, 256, 2016.
  13. Kauti, Matheaus Kioko (2015): The Role of Social Network and Regional System in Maintaining Livelihood Security of Smallholder Farmers in Central Kenya, Asian Journal of Agricultural Extension, Economics & Sociology 8 (3): 1-23, 2015.
  14. Kauti, Matheaus Kioko (2012): A Geographical and Longitudinal Approach to Rural Livelihood Security and Crisis Responses in Central Kenya: The Case of Crop Variety and Livestock Breed Selection Journal of Geography and Regional Planning Vol. 5(6), pp. 173-188, 18 March, 2012.
  15. Otsuki, Y., Ueda, G., Kauti, M. K., and Sasaki, A. (2010): Slope Processes of Agricultural Areas and Farmers’ Cognition of the Landform Condition in the Central Kenya [in Japanese] in Quarterly Journal of Geography Volume 62 Number 3, 152-153, 2010-11-15.
  16. Kauti, Matheaus Kioko (2009): Rural Livelihood Security Assessment for Smallholders Undergoing Economic Changes and Agro-Climatic Events in Central Kenya, Working Paper on
    Socio-Ecological Resilience Series No. 2009-007; Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN)- Inter-University Research Institute Corporation, National Institutes for the Humanities, Kyoto, JAPAN.(
  17. Kauti, Matheaus Kioko (2008): Coping and Adaptation Processes under Economic Liberalization and Agro-ecologic Changes by Small holders in Central Kenya, in Quarterly Journal of Geography Volume 60 Number 3, 2008.
  18. Kauti, Matheaus Kioko (2008): Household Livelihood Coping Strategies of Smallholders, Central Kenya: The Case of Kabendera and Kiambogo Settlements, Nyeri in Quarterly Journal of Geography Volume 60 Number 1, 2008.
  19. Kauti, Matheaus Kioko (2002): Developing of Urban Centres into Cities”, in Urban Journalism, Ndegwa, S and S, Kasera (eds). (2002). Rapporteur’s Report on a Training Seminar on Raising Awareness of Media Practitioners on Urban Issues, Second Seminar Report. Nairobi: Media Development Association.

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