Agnes A. Sirima (PhD) 

Lecturer & Head of Department 

 

 

P.O. Box3167 

Phone+255 765 668 388 

EmailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

Research area:

Natural resource conflicts and property rights, historical research related to parks and protected area management, community development and capacity building in natural resource management and tourism, integrated approaches to conservation, recreation resource ecology, tourism planning and development, and GIS application to parks and protected areas management.

 

Research Profiles:

Google scholar

Researchgate

 

 


Biography:

Agnes has background in wildlife management and tourism. Apart from the academic qualifications presented below, she has also received training in tourism and community development, understanding and valuing ecosystem services, tropical ecology and conservation, and GIS and remote sensing. Her ability to combine both tourism and wildlife field has given her an extra strength combining social and ecological research in solving conservation problems. She has built her expertise in area of human dimensions of parks and conservation area management with more specialities in recreation ecology, ecosystems services, community development and capacity building in natural resource management, leisure, and tourism. Agnes is conversant in both quantitative and qualitative research techniques as well as spatial analysis using GIS and Remote Sensing for conservation, recreation and tourism planning. She is a member to several professional organizations.


 

 

Agnes A. Sirima (PhD) 

Lecturer & Head of Department 

 

 

P.O. Box3167 

Phone+255 765 668 388 

EmailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

Research area:

Natural resource conflicts and property rights, historical research related to parks and protected area management, community development and capacity building in natural resource management and tourism, integrated approaches to conservation, recreation resource ecology, tourism planning and development, and GIS application to parks and protected areas management.

 

Research Profiles:

Google scholar

Researchgate

 

 


Biography:

Agnes has background in wildlife management and tourism. Apart from the academic qualifications presented below, she has also received training in tourism and community development, understanding and valuing ecosystem services, tropical ecology and conservation, and GIS and remote sensing. Her ability to combine both tourism and wildlife field has given her an extra strength combining social and ecological research in solving conservation problems. She has built her expertise in area of human dimensions of parks and conservation area management with more specialities in recreation ecology, ecosystems services, community development and capacity building in natural resource management, leisure, and tourism. Agnes is conversant in both quantitative and qualitative research techniques as well as spatial analysis using GIS and Remote Sensing for conservation, recreation and tourism planning. She is a member to several professional organizations.


Academic profile

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS:

PhD. Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, Clemson University, USA (2015).

         Specialization: Parks and Conservation Area Management

         Dissertation: The Contribution of Indigenous Ecological Knowledge in the Conservation of Enguserosambu Community Forest, Tanzania

MSc. Leisure, Tourism, and Environment, Wageningen University, the Netherlands (2010).

        Minor:  Communities and Resource Conservation.

        Thesis: Protected Areas, Tourism and Human Displacement: Interest and Challenges behind Ruaha National Park Expansion, Tanzania

BSc. Wildlife Management, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania (2006).

         Special project: Research on sex ratio and length weight relationship of three fish species in Mindu Dam, Morogoro

 

Research interest:

Natural resource conflicts and property rights, historical research related to parks and protected area management, community development and capacity building in natural resource management and tourism, integrated approaches to conservation, recreation resource ecology, tourism planning and development, and GIS application to parks and protected areas management.

Publications

PUBLICATIONS:

  • Mgonja, J. T, Sirima, A. Backman, K, and Backman, S (2015). Community based tourism in Tanzania: assessment and way forward. Development Southern Africa.32 (3), 377-391

  • Sirima, A and Mgonja, J. T.  (2014). Encyclopaedia of Tourism: Tanzania

  • Sirima, A & Backman, K. F. (2013) Communities' displacement from national park and tourism development in the Usangu Plains, Tanzania. Current Issues in Tourism, 16(7-8), 719-735

  • Muganda M., Sirima, A., and Marwa E. (2013). The Role of Local Communities in Tourism Development: A Grassroots Perspective from Tanzania. Journal of Human ecology, 41 (1), 53-66

  • Sirima, A. (2012) A Review of “Tourism and sustainability: development, globalisation and new tourism in the Third World (3rd ed.)”, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, DOI:10.1080/09669582.2012.707373

  • Muganda M., Sirima, A., Mkumbo, P., and Moshy, B. (2012) Sharing Tourism Benefits with the Local Community: A Business Perspective from the Grassroots in Tanzania. Ethiopian Journal of Environmental Studies and Management. 5 (3), 239-251

  • Sirima, A. and Ladislaus, M (2012). Unlocking the Opportunities for Displaced Communities: Can Tourism Offset the Conservation Costs? Asia-Pacific Journal of Innovation in Hospitality and Tourism 1 (1), 65-84

  • Musamba, B. E, Ngaga, Y. M, Boon, E. K, Giliba, R. A, Sirima, A and Chirenje, L. I. (2011). The economics of Water in Paddy and Non-Paddy Crop Production around the Kilombero Valley Ramsar Site, Tanzania: Productivity, Costs, Returns and Implication to Poverty Reduction. Journal of Agriculture Science, 2(1), 17-27

  • Jodice, L., Hull, J., and Sirima, A. (2010). Marine Farming and Tourism Aquaculture New Zealand 2 (2), 4-7

  • Kashaigili, J. J., Nzunda, E. F., Mwamakimbullah, R., Sirima, A., Shirima, D., and Mkumbo, P. J. (October, 2011). Spatial Planning Baseline Focusing on the Coastal Forest of Tanzania for the Coastal Forest Project. Submitted To WWF-TCO

  • Hull, J., L. Jodice, U. Sassenberg & A. Sirima. (September, 2009) Exploring the role of innovation in promoting sustainable tourism development in peripheral communities: The Top of the South Aquaculture and Seafood Trail, New Zealand. Submitted to the Top of the South Seafood Project Steering Committee.

  • Sirima, A. & Warui, M. (2006). Feeding Ecology of Souimanga Sunbird (Nectarinia Souimanga) at Kirindy Forest, Madagascar. Report submitted to Tropical Biology Association, Nairobi-Kenya.

  • Sirima, A. (2010). Protected Areas, Human displacement and Tourism Development: Interests and Challenges behind Ruaha National Park expansion. Master’s Thesis, Wageningen University, Netherlands

  • Sirima, A. (2015). The Contribution of Indigenous Ecological Knowledge in the Conservation of Enguserosambu Community Forest, Tanzania. PhD Dissertation. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, Clemson University, USA.

  • Sirima, A. (2006). Sex ratio and length-weight relationship of three fish species in Mindu Dam, Morogoro.

 

Students Supervision

STUDENTS SUPERVISION:

 

Research & Consultancy

RESEARCH AND CONSULTANCY:

  • Principal Investigator, Assessing Enguserosambu Community Forest Dependence and Motivation   for Forest Protection. Funded by Rufford Foundation, 2015/ 2016

  • Researcher, Laying the foundations for effective landscape-level planning for sustainable development in the SAGCOT corridor: Ihemi agricultural development cluster, Jan 2015-Dec 2016.  Funded by WLE.

  • Principal Investigator, Does Traditional Ecological Knowledge Contribute to Conservation of the Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem? Funded by Rufford Foundation, June 2014-May 2015

  • Research Assistant, Examining capacity for a cooperative seafood tourism trail as a value-added marine resource-based recreation and tourism product on the South Carolina coast, August 2012 - April 2015

  • Research Assistant, Exploring the role of innovation in promoting sustainable tourism development in peripheral communities: The Top of the South Aquaculture and Seafood Trail, New Zealand. July – October, 2009

  • Research Assistant, Corridor identification/ spatial planning in selected WWF target landscapes, Tanzania. Funded by WWF, May – October, 2011

 

Research Grants

  • Assessing Enguserosambu Community Forest Dependence and Motivation   for Forest Protection. Funded by Rufford Foundation, 2015/2016

  • Does Traditional Ecological Knowledge Contribute to Conservation of the Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem? Funded by Rufford Foundation, 2014/2015