Charles Muchunguzi


I am a sociologist and development anthropologist who received, graduate training in sociology and Development Studies from Makerere and Mbarara Universities, Uganda.

Currently, I am a lecturer of qualitative research methods and Community Development Projects at the Faculty of Development Studies, Mbarara University of science and Technology. I also teach Medical Sociology in the Department of Medical Laboratory and Qualitative Research on Maters in Public Health in the Department of Community Health, both at Mbarara University of Science and Technology.

During the past 15 years, my research activities have been anthropology and political economy of pastoralism, agrarian change, environmental sociology and change, informal economies and social determinants of health especially in the area of Malaria, STDs and HIV/AIDS, food insecurity and community conservation of wildlife in Uganda. Most of my field studies have been conducted in pastoral communities in the Uganda cattle corridor.

From 2005 to 2010, I have been engaged in research project that developed a Low Cost Technology for processing fish waste from factories around Lake Victoria. This project was implemented in Mwanza (Tanzania), Jinja (Uganda) and Kisumu (Kenya).

During my stay at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, I have supervised research dissertations/thesises for more than 20 masters and 25 graduate diplomas and over 100 undergraduate students. From 2006-2011, I was a recipient of British Council grant for capacity building (Delphe) in collaboration with Makerere, Gulu Universities, Uganda and Oxford Univesrity and the London School of Hyigiene and Tropical Medicine. Through that exchange programme, I have since been a mentor of graduate students from Oxford and Reading Universities, UK in field research in Uganda.

I have been engaged in Research and Development projects with the minimum funding of $2000 and maximum of $500,000. The recent projects include; Studies investigating risks and vulnerabilities of pastoralists to wildlife related diseases in the Uganda cattle corridor (2009-2014) and Grounding Land Governance in Uganda, Burundi and Southern Sudan (2010-20114).

I have contributed to a book “The Names of Ankole Cow” and authored/co-authored more than 20 articles. Currently, I am drafting a number of articles from my PhD research whose title is “responding to Crisis: The Coping Strategies of Bahima Pastoralists in Search of Livelihood Resources along the Uganda Cattle Corridor”. One of the recent draft article/paper is “Elite Pastoralism: An Invisible hand grabbing Land in the Uganda Cattle corridor” which I presented at the Future of Pastoralism Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 23rd March 2011.