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Dr Mugo Gachuhi

Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Sociology, Kenyatta University, Kenya


Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Sociology, Kenyatta University, Kenya



Kenyatta University
P. O. Box 43822





Dr. Gachuhi holds a BA in social sciences from the State College, Buffalo, New York; a Masters degree in Education (MED) with specialization in the Sociology of Education and a PhD in Sociology from the State University of New York, Buffalo. In addition he holds a Diploma in Population Studies and Family Planning from the University of Chicago. Dr. Gachuhi worked as Assistant Professor of Sociology at State College, Buffalo, New York and thereafter, as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi. For a period of 10 years he was on secondment at the UNESCO, working as the Regional Population Adviser for Africa. He was subsequently appointed as senior Research Fellow, Bureau of Education, Kenyatta University and is currently senior lecturer at the University’s department of Sociology. Dr. Gachuhi established and is coordinating the Gerontology Programmes at Kenyatta University and was most recently involved in the drafting of Kenya's policy on ageing. He was a founding member of the Kenya National Population Council; Chairman of the Council’s Information and Communication Committee and chairman of the committee responsible for developing Population Policy Guidelines for Kenya’s National Council for Population and Development. He is a current board member of Help Age Kenya


Key research/capacity building interests


Research Interests

  • Institutionalization of older persons
  • Policies on ageing
  • Intergeneration relationships

Capacity building

  • Gerontology curriculum development for under/post graduate students
  • Expanding and mainstreaming training in gerontology and gerontological research in African universities

Key methodological skills

  • Quantitative surveys
  • In-depth interviews

Current/planned research

Survey of number and types of old people's homes in Kenya


Current Engagement in capacity building