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Our Teaching/None Teaching Team

The Department has as team of extensively experienced teaching and research-active staff see our team below.

Frank Mugagga, Associate Professor/Head

Frank Mugagga is an Associate Professor of Environmental Geography and current Head of the Department of Geography, Geo-informatics and Climatic Sciences, Makerere University. His research career and professional experience spans over twenty years working on a range of issues including waste management, land use, natural resources management, rural development, climate change and disaster risk management in diverse landscapes and more recently on governance, livelihoods and environmental conservation in Uganda’s oil-rich Albertine Graben. Driven by the desire to make a contribution to community development through research, Frank has over the years conducted community outreach programmes and numerous Participatory Action Oriented trainings aimed at increasing community awareness and action among Natural resource dependent communities. He is currently involved in a multi-disciplinary and diverse stakeholder MWARES Project (2019 -2023), which aims at restoring degraded landscapes through enhancing the resilience and stewardship of local Communities and boundary stakeholders, particularly, those around the Manafwa Watershed in Eastern Uganda.Frank’s publications focus on a range of Environmental Geography topics including; development-induced displacement within the oil and gas sector, socio-economic implications of oil and gas exploration, Climate change, variability and adaptation, farming and health in cities, urban and peri urban agriculture, land use change, wetland conservation and Economic development, pedology and landslide occurrence; livelihood systems and land degradation; horticultural production systems; vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in both rural and urban areas.\nFrank has supervised and continues to mentor a horde of local and international Masters, PhD students and Postdoctoral Students from across the world. He is a member to various international and regional professional networks and currently serves as the President of the Uganda Geographical Association (2019 -2023). Download CV

Majaliwa Mwanjalolo
Majaliwa Mwanjalolo, Professor,
Yazidhi Bamutaze
Yazidhi Bamutaze, Associate Professor,
Fredrick Ruguma Tumwine
Fredrick Ruguma TumwineAssociate Professor,

Fredrick is an Associate Professor in the department of Geography Geo-Informatics and Climatic Sciences (DGGCS), Makerere University. Having graduated as a geographer at bachelors level specializing in Geomorphology, he mastered in Demography and acquired a PhD in Population Studies. He was Head of department of Geography, Geo-informatics and Climatic Sciences from 2010 to 2015 and President of Uganda Geographical Association between 2014 and July 2019. His research rotates around poverty reduction, family issues and climate change. He is a great proponent of environmental conservation specializing in hydrological geographical innovations.Download CV

Charles K Basalirwa
Charles K Basalirwa ,Associate Professor, 
Paul Isolo Mukwaya
Paul Isolo Mukwaya, Senior Lecturer,  

Paul holds a PhD in Geography from Makerere University Kampala Uganda. He received his B.A. in Geography from Makerere University and a Masters of Philosophy degree in Social Change [Specialising in Geography] from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim Norway. He has broader research interests in: Geography and Society, Development of Geographical Thought; Institutional aspects of environmental change, Human-Environment Interactions Environmental Planning and Design, Traffic and Transport/Infrastructure Planning, Emissions Pathways, Urban Systems Analysis, and climate Change Adaptation/Mitigation.Download CV

Waiswa Daniel
Waiswa Daniel, Senior Lecturer,
David Mfitumukiza
Mfitumukiza David
, Senior Lecturer, 

David Mfitumukiza is a pracademic in environment and natural resources with over 15 years’ experience including working with local government as a District Environment Officer. His research, teaching and practice covers: Spatial-temporal environmental systems analysis and management; Rangeland ecology and management; Biogeography; Landscape ecology and management; Adaptive management of environmental change; Locally led and community based adaptation; Socio-ecological resilience, among others. His experience ranges from working as a technician to management and leadership of programs and projects. He has worked on various training and capacity building efforts focused on climate change and development linkages including integration of climate change, land use planning, geographic information systems in government development plans and integration of climate change knowledge in university, secondary and primary education. He has been involved in various mirror committees on environmental standards with Uganda National Bureau of standards since 2009. He is also currently engaged with capacity building programmes and activities in Uganda and other Least Developed Countries in Asia and Africa around training, education and research to improve climate change knowledge capacity and resilience building.Download CV

Twinomuhangi Revocatus
Twinomuhangi Revocatus, Senior Lecturer,

Saul Daniel Ddumba

Daniel is a Lecturer at Makerere University in Uganda. He has a Ph.D. in Geography with a specialization in Environmental Science and Policy from Michigan State University (USA) and a Master of Science in Applied Meteorology from The University of Reading (UK). His career goals are to contribute to creating sustainable natural resources in developing countries by assessing the impact of climate change on ecosystem functioning. Daniel uses his interdisciplinary skills training to conduct research and examine policy issues linking climate change to several themes including water policy and management, land use –land cover change, oil exploration and oil production, urban and rural development forest management and deforestation, food production, and gender. He is also a Director at Redan Institute Of Innovation, a vocational institute offering training in areas such as ICT, Fashion and Design, Catering, Cosmetology, Business Courses, Electricity and Electronics, Journalism, among others. Daniel is also the Founder of Redan Scholarship Program which supports gifted and less advantaged Ugandan and African students. Download CV

Jamait Nanteza

Dr. Jamiat Nanteza is currently a Lecturer of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Sciences in the Department of Geography, Geo-Informatics and Climatic Sciences at Makerere University. Jamiat obtained her PhD in Earth System Science in 2016 from the University of California, Irvine, USA, and holds a MSc. Applied Meteorology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Reading, UK and Makerere University, Uganda respectively. Her current research focuses on the use of remote sensing (i.e. the GRACE and SMAP satellite products), and hydrologic models (specifically NCAR’s Community Land Model (CLM4), SWAT and WEAP-MODFLOW) to evaluate the past and future behaviors of water resources (specifically water in the soils and groundwater) and their sustainability. She has experience in using different softwares for modelling and data analysis including Matlab, Python, Linux and ArcGis. Dr. Nanteza has coauthored articles in high impact journals and conference articles in the aforementioned rese rch areas. Doctor Nanteza has also received awards and grants from various funding agencies to support her academic and research activities including NORAD, Fulbright, NASA, Faculty for the Future – Schlumberger, CODESRIA, USAID, Volkswagen and the Government of Uganda. She currently leads 1) a PEER-USAID funded project aimed at understanding the impact of small scale water harvesting and storages on the water resources of Uganda, 2) a Volkswagen funded project that aims at assessing groundwater resources and their sustainable use over a selected basin in Uganda and 3) a Uganda Government funded project aimed at assessing critical soil moisture and rainfall thresholds that trigger landslides in Eastern Uganda. Dr. Nanteza is an active member of the Uganda Geographical Association (UGA), the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) and the Africa Groundwater Network (AGW-NET). She has acted as a manuscript reviewer for the Geological Society of America, African Journal of Agricultural Research (AJAR), CODESRIA and Springer and an OSPA judge for the AGU meetings.Download CV

Alex-Nimusiima Lecturer, 

Alex Nimusiima is a climate scientist who graduated at Makerere University in February 2017 with a PhD in Climate Science. I also hold a Master of Science in Applied Meteorology from the University of Reading in the UK. I have been involved in a number of projects in climate change in the region for example am a member of the Coordinated Downscaling Experiments (CORDEX) Africa group that is responsible for understanding the climate patterns of the African continent using climate models. I have also contributed as climate modeling expert on various projects in Uganda such as Uganda second National communication to UNFCCC, 2013, Uganda climate change policy of 2012 and many other initiatives. I have also participated in eco-health projects and am a member of Ecohesa Africa group that promotes the eco-health principles in the African region. Through this Ecohesa platform I participated on a project in the cattle corridor that was interested in studying climate change adaptation in terms of food and health security in the area. Download CV

Twinorugyendo Penninah

Penninah Twinorugyendo Mugisha holds a PhD in Environmental Geography from Nelson Mandela University. She acquired Master of philosophy (MPhil) in Geography from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and Bachelor of Arts in Education from Makerere University. She joined Makerere University as an Assistant Lecturer in 2010 and is currently a Lecturer at the Department of Geography, Geo-Informatics and Climatic Sciences. The courses she teaches include Regional Development Geography of America; Agriculture, Environment and Development; Development Geography of East Africa; Ethics, Gender and Sociology in Disaster Management; Rural Development and Settlement Analysis and Planning. Her research focus is in rural and urban livelihoods; Gender in agriculture and rural development. She is a member of Uganda Geographical Association. Download CV

Wasswa Hannington
, Lecturer, 

He holds a PhD in Environmental Geography from Nelson Mandela University, South Africa, MA. Geography, and BA. (Education) from Makerere University. He is currently a lecturer in the Department of Geography Geo-Informatics and Climatic Sciences, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. He is a specialist in Environmental Geography and Regional Geographies. He has undertaken a number of research studies on wetland river bank ecosystem services, wetland and buffer zone conservation. He has widely published on wetland conservation and management in Internationally recognised peer reviewed Journals.\nHe is also the Coordinator of the Bachelors of Geographical Sciences, – Programme at Makerere University.Download CV

Sabiiti Geoffrey
Sabiiti Geoffrey, Lecturer,

Mugume Isaac, Lecturer,

Dr. Isaac Mugume holds a Ph.D in Meteorology from Makerere University, specializing in Numerical Weather and Climate modeling. He’s also interested in using big data to understand the underlying patterns driving the weather and climate over the tropics. Isaac is presently an Assistant Lecturer of Meteorology at Makerere University and has over 14 years of experience (8 years as Meteorologist / Weather Forecaster and 6 years of teaching and research). To date, Isaac has supervised over 13 undergraduate students and 1 post graduate diploma student to completion. He\’s currently supervising 4 Masters students and has examined 3 Masters thesis. Isaac has published 15 articles in peer reviewed international scientific journals in the areas of weather, climate and computing. Isaac holds Post-Doctorate scholar positions on two projects i.e. the BRIGHT-SIDA project and the WaSo project. He’s also a recent awardee of another post-doc grant by the African Academy of Sciences. Download CV

Nseka Denis
Nseka Denis
, Lecturer, 

Denis Nseka holds a PhD in environmental Geography from Nelson Mandela University in South Africa. Denis Nseka is a lecturer of Physical and practical Geography and is currently the coordinator for graduate programmes in the Department of Geography, Geo-Informatics and Climatic Sciences at Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.Between 2013 and 2019, Denis was the Secretary General for Uganda Geographical Association (UGA) which is an umbrella association for all professional Geographers in Uganda. He was responsible for mobilizing and registering association members, keeping association records, collaborating the association activities with the International Geography Union, conducting research through fieldwork excursions among others. He has also been responsible for organizing Geography stakeholder’s workshops, seminars and public lectures. From 2012 to date, Denis has been the Assistant patron and coordinator for Uganda Geography Society (UGS). This is an umbrella body that brings together all undergraduate Geography students in Universities and Secondary Schools in Uganda. He has been helping students to organize outreach activities, seminars and workshops in schools and Universities around the country to discuss the discipline of Geography. From 2012 to date, Denis has also been the Assistant Patron for Makerere University Geography Society (MUGS) assisting the Head; Department of Geography Geo-Informatics and Climatic Sciences, Makerere University, to coordinate undergraduate Geography student’s activities.He is a well-researched and published scientist in the field of geomorphology and natural hazards. He has conducted a series of research studies on slope morphology and processes, landslide occurrence, soil erosion processes, ecosystem services including river catchments, disaster risk management, land use and cover changes, community vulnerability and resilience, natural resources management, rural development, climate change adaptation among othersDownload CV

Henry Ssemakula, Lecturer,

Dr. Semakula Musoke Henry is a Lecturer in the Department of Geography, Geo-informatics and Climatic Sciences, Makerere University. Dr. Semakula is also among the Designated Environmental Inspectors under Legal Notice No. 8 of 2019 as required under section 79 of the National Environment Act, Cap. 153), 2019. He hold a PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering from Dalian University of Technology, China. He has three Masters including MSc in Advanced Human Ecology (Great Distinction) from Vrije Universitiet Brussels, Belgium, MSc in Human Ecology (Great Distinction) from Vrije Universitiet Brussels, Belgium and MSc in Water Resources and Coastal Management from University of Bergen, Norway. He has a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Journalism and Communication (Upper Second) and First Class Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Management both from Makerere University. He has over 10 year experience working with Local Governments, Ministries, Authorities and private sector in various capacities. His professional interests are in areas of Bayesian Belief Network modelling, earth processes, spatial optimization, environmental engineering, renewable energy, pollution control and mitigation technologies, natural resource management, wetlands, hydrology, integrated water resource management, environmental health, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptations and mitigations. Experienced in conducting Environmental Impact Assessment studies, Environmental Inspections, Monitoring and Audits. Experienced in developing prediction spatial models, undertaking scholarly research and publishing results in high ranking internationally recognized peer reviewed journals (see cv ). Experienced in writing funding proposals, working with the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Standards, the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Policy for Investment Project Financing, the Equator principles and International Financial Corporation (IFC) performance standards for determining, assessing and managing environmental and social risk in projects. Dr. Semakula is experienced in preparing lectures, seminars, laboratory trainings and practical teaching units (e.g. student excursions, field works) and developing methodological approaches along with constructive and effective teaching methods (i.e. experiential learning and didactic approaches) that promote a stimulating learning environment. Download CV

Faridah Nalwanga Sendagire, Assistant Lecturer, 

Faridah is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Environmental Management and Department of Geography, Geo- Informatics and Climatic Sciences. She holds BA Environment Management and Masters in Development Studies from Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from Uganda Management Institute. She is doing her PhD and her research focuses on Gender and Climate Change Adaptation among Agro-pastoral Communities in the Cattle Corridor. She has won one research grant that attracted collaborations with Makerere University. Download CV

Catherine Mulinde
Catherine Mulinde, Assistant Lecturer
Aboda Caroline
Aboda Caroline, Assistant Lecturer
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