Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)
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Subject Areas: International and Comparative Education, Higher Education, Public Policy Analysis, Education Governance, International Development, Education Studies, Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods.
Dr. Obamba holds advanced degrees in international education and policy analysis. His areas of research focus embrace international and comparative education, higher education systems, public policy analysis, international development, governance, transnational research cooperation, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and broader field of education studies. He has substantial international research experience and publication record spanning these subject domains. Based at CELT, Dr. Obamba teaches or leads a range of modules cutting across undergraduate and postgraduate provision within the Education and Professional Studies program.
Dr. Obamba holds the PhD in higher education policy and international development from the University of Leeds Beckett (2011). He also received MPhil in international and comparative education from the Norsk Laererakademiet Universitet Bergen, Norway (2005) before pursing further research training as visiting Research Fellow in various universities, including at Nordiska Afrika Institutet (University of Uppsala), Amsterdam Institute Metropolitan and Development Studies (University of Amsterdam), CERES (University of Utrecht), and the Centre for African Studies (University of Leiden).He graduated with the Bachelor of Education Honours degree from Moi University in 2000 (specializing in Mathematics, Statistics, and Geography); before practicing as high school teacher in Kenya for three years. Dr. Obamba’s areas of research focus span international and comparative education, higher education systems, public policy analysis, international development, educational governance and management, transnational research cooperation, quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as the broader areas of education studies (sociology, psychology, economics, philosophy, and curriculum).
Before coming to UCLan in 2014, Dr. Obamba was Associate Lecturer at the School of Applied Global Studies at Leeds Beckett, teaching postgraduates on advanced research methods and computer-aided data analysis. At the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), Dr. Obamba lectures or leads across a range of modules cutting across undergraduate and postgraduate provision within Education and Professional Studies; including Policy and Practice in Educational Settings (ED3210), Policy and Contemporary Issues in Education (Doctoral module), Education in Developing Countries (ED3229), among others.
Dr. Obamba has gained international research experience spanning over 10 years focusing on education and development policy across sub-Saharan Africa and other developing regions. Over the last decade, Dr Obamba has led or participated in a number of international research and consultancy projects competitively commissioned by leading international and inter-governmental organizations. In 2015, Dr. Obamba has been competitively selected as lead Scientific Advisor at the Council for the Development of Economic and Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA) with remit to lead a research project commissioned under the CODESRIA’s new program on African Diaspora Support for African Universities. He will serve as quality assurance lead and adviser for a research project investigating the construction and governance of transnational research and knowledge exchange systems between the global North and global South.
In 2013, Dr. Obamba was Lead Investigator in a multi-country research project commissioned by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to conduct a thematic mapping of research and innovation systems, capacities, and policies in Kenya, Uganda, and Ghana as part of the OECD’s flagship program on Innovation, Higher Education and Research for Development (IHERD). During 2014, Dr Obamba became Principal Investigator for a research program commissioned by UK Department for International Development to conduct a political economy analysis and systematic mapping of the research landscape and capacity in Kenya in the fields economic growth, governance, climate change, and urbanization.
In 2010-2011, he was one of the country Lead Investigators in the Mobilizing Regional Capacities Research Program competitively funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and Association of African Universities (AAU) and implemented across 12 African countries. Dr. Obamba demonstrates significant knowledge and skills in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, data analysis, and knowledge of analytic software. He is trained and well-practiced in the applications of SPSS™, NVIVO™, and EPPI Reviewer4™, as well as working knowledge of MS Project and PRINCE2™ project management environment. He also demonstrates expertise in Multi-level Modelling techniques and pursuing specialist training in MLwiN software for multilevel modelling at the University of Bristol Centre for Multi-Level Modelling.
Dr. Obamba has produced several publications; including articles in referred journals, technical reports for commissioned projects, book chapters, and a jointly-authored book. His latest co-authored book is Transnationally Partnered University (December 2014) published by Macmillan Palgrave as part of their well respected International and Development Education Series.
PhD, Higher Education policy and International Development, Leeds Beckett University (2011)
MPhil, International and Comparative Education; Norsk Laererakademiet Universitet, Bergen, (2005)
B.Ed. Hons, Mathematics, Statistics, Geography; Moi University, Eldoret, (2000)
Koehn H Peter and Obamba, M.O (2014). The Transnationally Partnered University: Insights from Research and Sustainable Development Collaborations in Africa, Basingstoke (UK), Gordonsville (USA): Palgrave Macmillan
Jowi, James O.; Obamba, Milton O.; Mwema Jane K.; and Oanda, Ibrahim (2014). Mapping of the Social Science Research Landscape in Kenya. Report commissioned for the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID); London: DFID
Jowi, J.O; Obamba, M.O; Sehoole, C; Barifaijo, M; Oanda, I.O; and Alabi, Goski (2014). Governance of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation in Ghana, Kenya, and Uganda. Report for OECD Programme on Innovation, Higher Education and Research for Development (IHERD), Paris: OECD.
Obamba, M.O (2013). Transnational Knowledge Partnerships: New Calculus and Politics in Africa’s Development. COMPARE: Journal of International and Comparative Education. Vol. 43 (1); pp. 124-145.
November 2015- July 2017: Scientific Advisor at the Council for the Development of Economic and Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA) with remit to lead a research project commissioned under the CODESRIA’s new program on African Diaspora Support for African Universities. Duties include advising and coordinating the implementation of a multi-country research project investigating the construction and governance of transnational research and knowledge exchange systems between the global North and global South.
November 2015- December 2016: Serving with the Partnership for African Social Science and Governance Research (PASGR) and several other research institutions as quality assurance lead and coordinator in developing the 6-country research program being commissioned by the DAAD and British Council to analyze and map the landscape of doctoral training and research programs in sub-Saharan Africa (Mapping the Doctorate: A Study of Capacity, Coherence and Contours of Doctoral Systems in sub-Saharan Africa).
Principal Investigator (January 2014 – Sept. 2014). Led the preparation and submission of a successful competitive international tender to conduct a mapping of research landscape, policies, and capacities in the fields of Governance and security, Climate Change, Economic Growth and Urbanisation in Kenya on commissioning from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).
Co-Principal Investigator (January 2013 – August 2013). Competitively commissioned by OECD under the Programme on Innovation, Higher Education and Research for Development (IHERD) to conduct a multi-country research project of national innovation systems, capacities, policies, and development in Ghana, Kenya, and Uganda. Project resulted in three lead reports, among other publications by the team.
Principal Investigator (Nov 2010 to Sept 2011) - Competitively commissioned jointly by UK Department for International Development (DFID) and Association of African Universities (AAU) under the flagship Mobilizing Regional Capacities Initiative to lead the research project What Works, What Doesn’t: New Patterns, Impacts, and Paradigms of International Partnerships in Kenyan Universities, which resulted in a Report (2011); Policy Brief (2011), and Book chapter (2013).
Lecturing and Module Leadership duties across a range of modules:
Member, Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE)
Member, British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE)
Member, Network for International Policies and Cooperation in Education and Training (NORRAG)