Strathmore University, Nairobi Kenya



Senior Lecturer

Wanjiku Kaniaru received her MA in International Studies from Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa and a Ph.D. from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.  She is currently working as a research consultant in the areas of environmental policy and water management and also as a Part-time Lecturer at Strathmore University.  Prior to joining Strathmore University in April 2016, Dr. Kaniaru worked as both staff and 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’s areas of academic expertise include international relations, public international law, diplomacy, conflict management and environmental governance.


Ph.D. Thesis: 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.

Kaniaru, W, “From Scarcity to Security: Water as a Potential Factor for Conflict and Cooperation in Southern Africa”, South African Journal of International Affairs. 2015 Vol. 22 No. 3, 381-396,

Kaniaru, W, “The Role of International Law in Promoting Transboundary Freshwater Governance: A Synopsis of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses and the Revised Southern African Development Community (SADC) Water Protocol on Shared Watercourse Systems” (forthcoming publication).

Kaniaru, W, “Maritime Boundary Disputes and the Potential for Conflict and Cooperation in Eastern Africa” (forthcoming publication).