Eileen Omosa, PhD

I am a  Development Sociologist consulting locally and internationally on gender, land tenure and rights, and diversity, food choices and well-being. My on-going projects have a special focus on people whose food choices and land rights have changed, partly because they moved away from the place called "home." I apply a variety of participatory research methods to explore, analyze and describe who these people are in relation to: their past experience, how they create meaning, interpret and engage with government agencies, academia, the profit and non-profit sectors; factors which subsequently determine their livelihood strategies and social-economic well-being.
A combination of my academic training, hands-on experience, and skills gained from 20 plus years of career endeavours in Africa, Canada and internationally have shaped me into an adept researcher and trainer. I am proficient in languages and work well independently and as a member of multicultural and multidisciplinary teams.

I hold a PhD in Rural and Environmental Sociology from the University of Alberta, Canada, A Master of Arts in Development Studies, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology, University of Nairobi, Kenya.

Skills and Accomplishments

Researcher and Trainer, We Grow Ideas, 2014 to date

  • Special focus on communities in Africa and Canada.

Researcher and Data Analyst, University of Alberta, May 2006 - July 2015

  • Ethnicity and Health Collaborative Research Program
  • Goat and Root Crop Project, Tanzania
  • City-Region Studies Centre
  • Métis Archival Project    

Adviser, Conflict Management and Peace Building, SNV, 2003-2004                                                          

  • Worked with neighbouring communities in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, and South Sudan.

Network Coordinator, Forest Action Network, 1995-2003                                                                                  

  • Coordinated the Eastern and Southern Africa Network for the then Forests, Trees and People Program (FTPP).
  • Facilitated the implementation of field projects on land tenure, farmer-initiated research, gender mainstreaming, forestry and food security, and civil society participation in policy formulation processes.

Information Officer, KENGO, 1991-1994                                

  • Researched, wrote articles and published the organization's newsletter. 
  • Prepared public-engagement resources for the organization's director and managers.


  • Principle researcher; research study to document experiences of African immigrants to Edmonton. Reviewed literature, interviewed individuals, prepared a report and presented research findings at a feedback workshop. 
  • Community identity and social inclusion consultant, University of Athabasca project on “Achievable Sustainability Options for Resource-Based Communities for Grande Cache and Hinton.” Researched, prepared and presented a paper.
  • Natural resources consultant in a team which developed and tested a USAID Trainer's Kit on Conflict Prevention, Mitigation and Response for the Greater Horn of Africa.
  •  Consultant for IIED and WBCSD (UK). Co-authored a book on Mining, Biodiversity and Protected Areas.


  • Listening to music and singing; sometimes off-tune.
  • Travelling to interact and learn from `the other’. 
  • Cooking known and newly discovered foods.
  • Blogging on sociological issues in relation to land tenure, land rights and household food security.

For details: Contact me via my website page, or LinkedIn, or www.wegrowideas.net or @iLeenGreen Until then, thank you!