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Jacob Mwathi Mati Bio
Jacob Mwathi Mati Bio
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Dr. Jacob Mwathi Mati joined the USP Sociology team in August 2014. Dr. Mati teaches courses relating to sociology of development and social policy. His research interests are on intersections of civil society and sociopolitical change.  

Some of his recent publications include:


  • 2014. Convergence or divergence of ideas, norms, and principles in the Atlantic? The case of transnational environmental networks, University of Pretoria (with Adelle, C., and Fioramonti, L.
  • 2014. Neoliberalism and the Forms of Civil Society in Kenya and South Africa. In: Obadare E, (ed). Handbook of Civil Society in Africa. Springer International: New; 
  • 2013. Antinomies in the struggle for the transformation of the Kenyan constitution (1990-2010). Journal of Contemporary African Studies. Vol 31. No. 2: 235-254
  • 2012. Social Movements and Socio-Political Change in Africa: The Ufungamano Initiative and Kenyan Constitutional Reform Struggles (1999–2005). Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. Vol 23 No. 1: 63-84.
  • 2012. Volunteering and Civic Service in Three African Regions: Contributions to Regional Integration, Youth Development and Peace.  Brookings Institution, Washington, USA (with Caprara D, Obadare E. & Perold H.).
  • 2012.  ‘Volunteerism for Peace in East Africa.’ Centre for Social Development (CSD), Washington University in St. Louis., USA.  Working Papers No. 12-29. (with Lough B. ).
  • 2011. Conflict Management Mechanisms in Resource Constrained African Communities.’ In Migration and Global Environmental Change: Future Challenges and Opportunities. Foresight, UK Government’s Migration and Global Environmental Change Project: London, UK. (with Khadiagala, G.).  
  • 2011. State of the World's volunteerism report: Universal values for global well being. United Nations Volunteers (UNV): Bonn, Germany. (With Leigh R, Smith DH, Lough BJ, Giesing C, León MJ, Haski-Leventhal D, & Strassburg S.).  

Dr. Mati holds a Ph.D in Sociology and MA in Development Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and a BA (Hons) in Political Science and Economics  from Moi University, Kenya.

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