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Melissa Wanjiru-Mwita

Dr. Melissa Wanjiru-Mwita is a Lecturer with the Technical University of Kenya. She was formerly a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Geography and Environment, University of Geneva, Switzerland. She obtained her PhD (Policy and Planning Sciences) from the University of Tsukuba, Japan. Her main research interest is cultural and political toponymy in the African context. To read more on this subject, check out her published papers:

Street Toponymy and the Decolonisation of the Urban Landscape in Post-Colonial Nairobi, (2017), Journal of Cultural Geography, Volume 34, Issue 1, Pages 1-23.

Slum Toponymy in Nairobi Kenya: A Case Study Analysis of Kibera, Mukuru and Mathare, (2017), Urban and Regional Planning Review, Volume 4, Pages 21-44.


  • –present
    Post-doctoral fellow, Université de Genève