Strathmore University, Nairobi Kenya



Senior Lecturer

Wanjiku Kaniaru received her BA (honours) and MA in International Studies from Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa and a Ph.D. from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Prior to joining Strathmore University, Dr Kaniaru worked as both staff and research consultant for various UN agencies including, inter alia, UNEP, UN-Habitat and UNDP. She also previously taught at the Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies, University of Nairobi.

Dr Kaniaru is an author in several international journals and has presented in a number of local and international conferences and workshops. Her research interests centre on international environmental law and integrated water resources management with a particular emphasis on transboundary waters.


Kaniaru, W. A Critical Assessment of Hydropolitics in Southern Africa: Water as a Potential Factor for Conflict and a Challenge for Cooperation in Southern Africa. Saarbrucken: Lambert Academic 2010.

Wanjiku Kaniaru (2015): From scarcity to security: Water as a potential factor for conflict and cooperation in Southern Africa, South African Journal of International Affairs, DOI: 10.1080/10220461.2015.1046477.

Wanjiku Kaniaru (2021): The role of international law in promoting transboundary freshwater governance: The UN Watercourses Convention and the Revised SADC Water Protocol, South African Journal of International Affairs, DOI: 10.10180/10220461/2021.2018035.