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Bimo Abraham Nkhata

Associate Professor and Director of Water Research Node

Email: bimo.nkhata@monash.edu

Qualifications
  • PhD in Environment and Development. University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Doctoral thesis titled, “Managing Relationships, Learning and Demands in Protected Areas: A Social Systems Analysis.” 2004 – 2007.
  • Masters in Environment and Development. University of Natal, South Africa. Masters thesis titled, “A Systemic Approach for Assessing Community-Based Natural Resource Management: A Case Study of the Kafue Flats, Zambia”. 2000
Research and Professional Profile

I have over 25 years of professional and research experience working in the environmental and water sectors in Africa. I have over 15 years’ experience in designing, leading and implementing collaborative research programmes in Africa. I have been involved in the supervision, mentoring and examination of over 30 postgraduate students.

I have been involved in several public policy and planning processes for African ecosystems. I have been a member of various advisory and professional bodies including the International Water Security Network, INSAKA Consortium of Universities, African Forest Forum, East African Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Group, Advisory Committee on UN REDD National Joint Project in Zambia and Advisory Committee on National Climate Change Steering Committee in Zambia.

Research
Selection of peer-reviewed publications
  • Nkhata, B.A., Breen, C. and Hay, D. (2014) Water Security: A Complex Systems and Governance Perspective. Environmental SCIENTIST 23 (3): 9-12.
  • Nkhata, B.A., Breen, C. and Hay, D. (2014) Improving Water Quality Security through Self-Governance.Environmental SCIENTIST 23 (3): 43-48.
  • Chiluwe, Q. and Nkhata, B. (2014) Analysis of water governance in Malawi: towards a favourable enabling environment? Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development  4(2):313–323
  • McCool, S.F., Nkhata, B., Breen, C. and Freimund, W.A. (2013) A Heuristic Framework for Reflecting On Protected Areas and Their Stewardship in the 21st Century. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism 1–2 (March 2013) 9–17
  • Nyirenda, V. and Nkhata B.A. (2013) Collaborative Governance and Benefit Sharing In Liuwa Plain National Park, Western Zambia. Parks 18.1: 103-114
  • Nkhata B, Wilkinson M, Breen C, Hay D, Crafford J and Harris K. (2013) Embedding Property Rights Theory in Cooperative Approaches to the Management of Aquatic Ecosystem Services in South Africa. Water Research Commission, Private Bag X03, Gezina, 0031, South Africa.
  • Hay D, Nkhata, B, Wilkinson M, Harris, K, Breen C and Crafford J. 2013. Linking Property Rights, Ecosystem Services and Water Resources: An Introduction. Water Research Commission, Private Bag X03, Gezina, 0031, South Africa.
  • Nkhata, B.A. and McCool, S.F. (2012) Coupling protected area governace and management through planning. Journal: Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning 14(4): 394–410
  • Mosimane, A.W., Breen, C.M. and Nkhata B.A. (2012) Collective Identity and Resilience in the Management of Common Pool Resources. International Journal of the Commons 6(2):344–362.
  • Nkhata, B.A., Breen C.M. and Mosimane A. (2012) Engaging Common Property Theory: Implications for Benefit Sharing Research in Developing Countries. International Journal of the Commons 6(1):52-69.
  • Nkhata, B. A., A. Mosimane, A, Downsborough L, Breen C and Roux DJ (2012). A typology of benefit sharing arrangements for the governance of social-ecological systems in developing countries. Ecology and Society 17(1): 17. http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-04662-170117
  • Nkhata, B.A. and C.M Breen (2010) A Framework for Exploring Integrated Learning Systems for the Governance and Management of Public Protected Areas. Environmental Management 45(2):403-413.
  • Nkhata, B.A. and C.M. Breen (2010) Performance of Community-Based Natural Resource Governance for the Kafue Flats (Zambia). Environmental Conservation 37 (3): 1–7.
  • Nkhata, B.A., A.W. Mosimane, C.M. Breen, J. Crafford and D.G. Hay (2010) A Theoretical Framework for Understanding Benefit Sharing Arrangements with Particular Reference to the Water Sector. Water Research Commission, Private Bag X03, Gezina, 0031, South Africa.
  • Nkhata, B.A. and C.M. Breen (2009) Social Capital, Community-Based Governance and Resilience in an African Artisal River Fishery. Water SA 35(1):45-54.
  • E. van Wyk, T. Sherwill, C.M. Breen and B.A. Nkhata (2009) Civil Society Dialogue in Water Resources Management: Lessons from Four Local-Level Experiences of River Systems. Report to the Water Research Commission by CSIR, University of the Witwatersrand & University of KwaZulu-Natal, WRC Report No. TT 383/09. Water Research Commission, Private Bag X03, Gezina, 0031, South Africa.
  • Nkhata, A.B., C.M. Breen, and W.A. Freimund (2008) Resilient Social Relationships and Collaboration in the Management of Social-Ecological Systems. Ecology and Society 13(1): 2. [online] URL:http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol13/iss1/art2/.
  • Nkhata, B.A. and V. Nyirenda (2007) Promoting Integrated Systems of Science and Technology for Sustainable National Development: Lessons from the Wildlife Industry in Zambia.” Report submitted to the National Scientific and Technology Council of Zambia.
  • Nkhata, B.A. (2005) Devolution and Natural Resources Management in Zambia: Transforming Rural Communities into GameKeepers without Authority. In Dzingirai, V. and C. Breen, editors. Confronting the Crisis in Community Conservation: Case Studies from Southern Africa. University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. ISBN-1-86840-583-4.
  • Nkhata, B.A. (2005) Baseline Study for the Kasonso Busanga Management Area. A Report Submitted to the Zambia Wildlife Authority, Chilanga, Zambia.
  • Nkhata, B.A. (2005) Baseline Study for the Namwala Management Area. A Report Submitted to the Zambia Wildlife Authority, Chilanga, Zambia.
  • Nkhata, B.A. (2005) The Role of Relationships Theory in Integrating Social Science into Conservation Research. A Discussion Paper Submitted to the Treehouse Research Program on People and Conservation, American Office, Department of Society and Conservation, The University of Montana, USA.
  • Nkhata, B.A. (2003) Assessing the Feasibility of Sub-dividing Mulobezi, Sichifulo, Nkala-Bbilili and Kafue Flats Game Management Areas. A Report Submitted to the Zambia Wildlife Authority, Chilanga, Zambia.
  • Nkhata, B.A. (2003) An Assessment of the Boundary Conflict between the Kafue National Park and Kabulwebulwe Chiefdom in Mumbwa. A Report Submitted to the Zambia Wildlife Authority, Chilanga, Zambia.
  • Nyambe, N. and B.A. Nkhata (2001) CBNRM Benefits and Cost Sharing: A Case Study of Chiawa District. In Richardson, G. and S. Johnson, editors: Challenges to Developing CBNRM and Effective Participatory Environmental Policy Processes in Zambia. IUCN Regional Office for Southern Africa, Harare, Zimbambwe. ISBN-0-7974-2360-5.
Reviewer for journals

Conservation Biology
Conservation Letters
Ecology and Society
Koedoe
Society and Natural Resources

Awards, grants and funded research
  • Lloyds Register Foundation, Monash University South Africa. 2012
  • Foundation Foundation Scholarship, CEAD. 2004.
  • Foundation Foundation Research Grant, CEAD. 2002.
  • United States Government Fellowship. 2005.
  • United States Department of Forestry International Cooperation Grant. 2005
  • New Zealand Government Scholarship, SAWC. 2000
  • New Zealand Government Scholarship, SAWC. 1998.
  • The BP Fund, Hoedspruit, South Africa. 1998.
  • GTZ Grant, Lusaka. 1999.
  • Water Research Commission Research Grant, CEAD. 2011
  • Water Research Commission Research Grant, CEAD. 2009
  • Earthwatch Fellowship Research Grant, Hwange, Zimbabwe. 1998
Teaching
  • Water Governance and Policy at the Water Research Node, Monash South Africa. 2011 – todate
  • Visiting lecture in Protected Area Management at Montana University, Missoula, USA. 2012
  • Visiting lecturer in Water Governance and Policy at University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. 2011
  • International Environmental Law at the Lusaka Agreement Task Force, Kenya. 2009
Supervision of Postgraduate Students
  • 6 Ph.D. students
  • 25 Masters students
Conference papers and presentations
  • Property rights, human benefits and ecosystem services: the case of the Pongola River floodplain. Paper presented at the Third INSAKA Research Symposium. Windhoek, Namibia. 2012.
  •  “Adaptive Management in the Design and Implementation of Benefit Sharing Arrangements for River Systems.” Paper Presented at the Meeting of the South African Node of the Insaka International University Consortium. Johannesburg, South Africa. 2011.
  • “Insaka: African Centered Community of Practice for Management of Social-Ecological Systems.” Paper Presented at the Third Meeting of the Advisory Board of the International Water Center Africa Water Research Node in Johannesburg, South Africa, 2010.
  • “A Typology of Benefit Sharing Arrangements for the Governance of Aquatic Ecosystem Services”. Paper Presented at the Water Research Commission in Pretoria, South Africa. 2010.
  • “Benefit-Based Approaches to the Goverance of Social-Ecological Systems.” Paper Presentated at the International Research Symposium in Kruger National Park, South Africa. 2010.
  • “Multilevel Wildlife Governance in Africa.” Paper Presentated at the Africa Animal Welfare Action (AAWA) Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. 2010.
  • “Multi-Level Forest Governance in East Africa: The Role and Potential of the Lusaka Agreement Task Force.” Paper Presented at the East Africa FLEG Workshop, Nairobi, Kenya. 2010.
  • “The Lusaka Agreement: A Regional Approach to Environmental Cooperation.” Paper Presented at the LATF Interagency Workshop in Lusaka Zambia. 2010.
  • “A Systems Approach to Understanding Social Relationships in Protected Areas.” Paper Presented at the Treehouse Workshop at Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, South Africa. 2009.
  • “Making Conservation Pay: A Decade of Unlocking the Self-Sustainability Potential of Zambia Wildlife Authority.” Paper Presented at the Congo Wildlife Reforms in Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo. 2009.
  • “Strategic Environmental Assessment for Liuwa and North Luangwa – Wildlife Component.” Paper Presented at the Stakeholders Workshop of the National Oil Exploration Project in Siavonga, Zambia. 2009.
  • “The Land Use Planning Process for Namwala Management Area. Paper Presented to the DANIDA Steering Committee in Chisamba, Zambia. 2008
  • “Formulating a Research Plan for Lower Zambezi National Park: A Planning Perspective.” Paper Presented at the Stakeholders Workshop in Chiawa, Zambia. 2008.
  • “Strategic Land Use Planning Process.” Paper Presented at the Second Planning Workshop for Namwala Management Area in Itezhi-tezhi, Zambia.2008.
  • “Strategic Land Use Planning Process for Namwala and Kasonso Busanga Management Areas.” Paper Presented at the Nordic Fund and World Bank Mission to Zambia Meeting in Mumbwa, Zambia. 2007.
  • “Strategic Land Use Planning Process for Namwala Management Area.” Paper Presented at the National Steering Committee Meeting of the GRZ/DANIDA NRM Component Project in Chisamba, Zambia. 2007.
  • “Promoting Integrated Systems of Science and Technology for Sustainable National Development: Lessons from the Wildlife Industry in Zambia.” Presented at the National Science Forum in Lusaka, Zambia. 2007.
  • “Relationships and the Evolution of Natural Resource Management Policies.” Paper Presented at the Fifth Treehouse Meeting in Skukuza, Kruger National Park, South Africa. 2007
  • “Conceptualizing Collaboration in Natural Resources Management: A Behavioral Approach to Relationship Theory.” Paper Presented at the Fourth Treehouse Meeting in Skukuza, Kruger National Park, South Africa. 2006.
  •  “Exploring the Analytic Relationships Between Community-Based Governance and Place-Based Natural Resources Management.” Paper Presented at the Place and Property Graduate Seminar at the University of Montana, Missoula, USA. 2005.
  • “Rational Choice and Power in Trust-Based Relationships.” Paper Presented at the Treeshouse Seminar at the University of Montana, Missoula, USA. 2005.
  • “Effective Relationship Management for Natural Resource Management.” Paper Presented at the PhD Forum at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.2005.
  • “Effective Relationship Management for Protected Areas: Incorporating the Management of Relationships into Strategic Adaptive Management.” Paper Presented at the Third Treehouse Meeting in Skukuza, Kruger National Park, South Africa. 2005.
Advisory and professional bodies
  • International Water Security Network. 2013 – todate
  • INSAKA Consortium of Universities. 2010 – todate
  • African Forest Forum (AFF). 2010 – todate
  • Advisory Committee on African Environmental Law Enforcement. 2009 – todate
  • Advisory Committee on East African Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade. 2009 – todate
  • Advisory Committee on UN REDD National Joint Project in Zambia. 2009.
  • Advisory Committee on National Climate Change Steering Committee in Zambia. 2008 – 2009.
  • Planning Committee on the development of a general management plan for Namwala Chiawa GMA. 2009
  • Expert committee on the development of the Zambia National Wetlands Policy. 2008
  • Technical Committee for the Kasaba Bay and Livingstone Tourism Development Projects. 2007
  • Expert committee on the review of the Zambia Wildlife Act. 2007
  • National Steering Committee of the GRZ/DANIDA NRM Component Project. 2007
  • Advisory Committee to the National Oil Exploration Project. 2006
  • Expert committee on the review of the Policy for National Parks and Wildlife in Zambia. 2006
  • Planning Committee on the development of a general management plan for Namwala GMA. 2006
  • Planning Committee on the development of a general management plan for Lower Zambezi National Park. 2006 – 2009
  • Planning Committee on the development of a general management plan for North Luangwa National Park GMA. 2002.
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