Name: Agnes A. Sirima (PhD)
Position: Senior Lecturer & Head of Department
Contacts: P.O. Box: 3167
Phone: +255 765 668 388
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.
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
- Kitheka, B and Sirima, A. (2019). Tourism Governance and Organisational Infrstructure in the East African Community. In Mkono, M (Ed). Positive Tourism in Africa
- Seaman, Alana N., Farmer, James R, Chancellor, Charles H., Sirima, A, (2018). "Conserving Nostalgia: Exploring Private Land Protection Patterns" Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. 8(30): 1-11
- Kitheka, B. Nibigira, C and Sirima, A. (Submitted). Assessment of Tourism Governance and Organizational Infrastructure in the East African Community: Challenges and Opportunities.
- Jodice, J. W., Ramshaw, G., Sirima, A. and Goris, L. (2018) Coastal Gastronomy: Envisioning a South Carolina Seafood Trail. Journal of Gastronomy and Tourism. 3(1): 1-16
- Sirima, A. (2017) Nature Reserves. In: Lowry, L. L. (Ed.). The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Travel and Tourism (p. 874-876). SAGE Publishing, Thousand Oaks ISBN: 9781483368948
- Mgonja, J. T., Sirima, A., & Mkumbo, P.J. (2017). A review of ecotourism in Tanzania: magnitude, challenges, and prospects for sustainability. Ecotourism in Sub-Saharan Africa: Thirty Years of practice” (p.170-184). Routledge/Taylor Francis Group, London.
- Abdallah, J. M., Juma, S. R and Sirima, A. A. (2017). Background of Forestry and Climate Chage. In J. M. Abdallah, J.Z. Katani, S. N. Augustino, and D. A. Woiso (Ed.). Forestry and Climate Change: Practices for the technical level foresters (P. Xx – XX). Mkuki na Nyota Publishers: Dar es Salaam
- Kadigi, R. M. J., Kashaigili, J. J., Sirima, A., Kamau, F., Sikira, A., & Mbungu, W. (2017). Land fragmentation, agricultural productivity and implications for agricultural investments in the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) region, Tanzania. Journal of Development and Agricultural Economics, 9(2), 26-36
- Sirima, A. (2016). The Social and Economic Impacts of Ruaha National Park Expansion. Open Journal of Social Sciences, 4, 1-11.
- Sirima, A., Kadigi, R.M.J., Kashaigili, J.J., Kamau, F., Sikira, A., Mbungu, W., Placid, J.K. (2016).Ecosystem health and sustainable agricultural development in Ihemi cluster. Colombo: Sri Lanka.CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE).4p.
- Sikira, A., Sirima, A., Kadigi, R.M.J., Kashaigili, J.J., Kamau, F., Mbungu, W., Placid, J.K. (2016).Gendered decision making in natural resources (Land and Water) for effective planning in the Southern agricultural growth corridor of Tanzania.Colombo:Sri Lanka.CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE).4p
- Kashaigili, J.J, Kadigi R.M.J., Mbungu, W.B., Sikira, A., Sirima, A., Placid, J.K., Mbwambo, E. and Minde, A. (2016) Laying the Foundations for Effective Landscape-Level Planning for Sustainable Development in the SAGCOT Corridor: Ihemi Agricultural Development Cluster (LiFELand). Report Submitted to TNC, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, 153 p.
- Mgonja, J. T, Sirima, A. Backman, K, and Backman, S (2015). Cultural community based tourism in Tanzania: Lessons learned and way forward. Development Southern Africa. 32 (3), 377-391.
- Mgonja, J. T. & Sirima, A. (2015). What makes the ‘community’ in CBT? Reflecting on a CBT experience from Tanzania. In Novelli, M. Tourism and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Current Issues and Local Realities (p. 73). Routledge, NY, USA.
- Sirima, A and Mgonja, J. T. (2015). Tanzania Tourism. In J. Jafari & H. Xiao (eds.), Encyclopedia of Tourism, Springer, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-01669-6_1-1.
- Jodice, L. W., Sirima, A. and Ramshaw, G (June, 2015). Examining capacity for a cooperative seafood tourism trail as a value-added marine resource-based recreation and tourism product on the South Carolina Coast. A Report submitted to South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium.
- 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.
- 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
- Jodice, L., Hull, J., and Sirima, A. (2010). Marine Farming and Tourism Aquaculture New Zealand 2 (2), 4-7.
- Hull, J., Jodice, L, Sassenberg, U. & Sirima, A.(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.
- Kahangwa, Prisca –Attitude of tourists towards wildlife-based tourism in Tanzania. A case study of the northern circuit - SUA: MSc, Ongoing
- Mwongoso, Alpha - Sustainable ecotourism through partnerships between community and private investors in northern Tanzania: tourism partnership stages-approach - SUA: PhD,Ongoing
- Denis Syldion Katabalo - Assessment of social, cultural and economic impacts of tourism festivals and events to the host communities of Arusha municipality – University of Iringa: MSc, Completed
- Mbugi, Ally – The Role of Participatory Management of Heritage Resources in the Development of Tourism Destination in Tanzania – University of Iringa: MSc, Completed
Dr. Sirima has supervised over 25 undergraduate students in the areas of tourism, leisure, recreation and wildlife management.
- Socio-economist - Environmental Flow Assessment of RUVU Catchment River, Dry Season Analysis, Wami/Ruvu Basin Water Board, March 2018 -
- Socio-economist - Environmental Flow Assessment of Zigi Catchment River, Dry Season Analysis, Pangani Basin Water Board, March 2018 -
- Researcher - Establish linkage between ECOPRC and other REDD+ initiatives at national level, March 2018 -
- Lead Consultant- Baseline study: Inventory of the network of conservation organizations, African Conservation Centre, December 2017 -
- Researcher – Institutional Canopy of Conservation (I-CAN) project, 2014-2020
- Researcher – Biological Resource Field Survey for an environmental assessment of the proposed Kisegese Irrigation Scheme, CDM Smith, August 2017 - March 2018
- Lead Consultant – WMA Viability Analysis, USAID PROTECT – Tanzania, June 2017 – Jan 2018
- Socio-economist - Environmental Flow Assessment of Zigi Catchment River – Wet Season Analysis, Pangani Basin Water Board, March – June 2017
- Principal Investigator - Assessing Enguserosambu community forest dependence and motivation for forest protection, 2015/2016.
- Researcher – Laying the Foundations for Effective Landscape-level Planning for Sustainable Development in the SAGCOT Corridor: Ihemi Agricultural Cluster (LiFELand) 2015/2016.
- Researcher – Assessing Community Biodiversity Awareness around Wazo Hill Quarry, March – Dec 2016
- Consultant –Community Based Tourism Training to selected six villages surrounding Saadani National Park. Funded by IUCN/Kesho Trust. May 2016
- Principal Investigator - Does Traditional Ecological Knowledge Contribute to Conservation of the Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem? Funded by Rufford Foundation, 2014/2015.
- 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.
- Project member - Corridor identification/ spatial planning in selected WWF target landscapes, Tanzania. Funded by WWF, May – October, 2011.
- 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.