agnessName: Agnes A. Sirima (PhD)
Position: Senior Lecturer & Head of Department
Contacts: P.O. Box: 3167
Phone: +255 765 668 388
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Biography

Dr. Sirima is an expert in parks and recreation management. Her research interests are on human dimensions of parks and conservation areas; tourism planning and development; leisure research; community development and capacity building in natural resource management and tourism; recreation resource ecology; natural resource conflicts and property rights; historical research related to parks and protected area management. Dr. Sirima holds PhD (Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management), from Clemson University, USA where she specialised on Parks and Conservation Area Management. Dr. Sirima has Masters in Leisure, Tourism and Environment from Wageningen University, Netherlands and Bachelor in Wildlife Management of Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania.

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Academic Profile

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

 

Publications

Mnzava, E.E and Sirima, A.A. (Submitted). A bibliometric analysis of research productivity on human-wildlife conflicts in East Africa. In Human-wildlife conflicts in East Africa

Jamaliah Malek, Powell, R and Sirima, A. (2020). Climate change adaptation and implementation barriers: a qualitative exploration of managers of Dana Biosphere Reserve. Journal of Ecotourism. DOI10.1080/14724049.2020.1746320

Sirima, A and Mngulwi, M (2020). Community readiness to green tourism initiatives in less developed parks: lessons from communities around Saadani National Park In Waalia, K. S. (Ed) Community Based Tourism Management: Concepts, Issues & Implications (ROUTLEDGE- Taylor & Francis Group)

Paulo J. Lyimo, Rogers Malimbwi, Samora A. Macrice, Evaristus Aloyce, Neema M. Kitasho, Sirima, A Cosmas J. Emily, Pantaleo K. Munishi, Deo D. Shirima, Ernest Mauya, Simon Chidodo, Ezekiel E. Mwakalukwa, Dos Santos A. Silayo, and George R. Mlyuka (2019). Bamboo: A potential resource for contribution to industrial development of Tanzania. Conference Proceeding for SUA Scientific conferences on transforming Agriculture and natural resources for sustainable development to attain industrial economy in Tanzania 

Prisca N. Kahangwa and Sirima, A. (2019). Attitude and perception of tourists towards wildlife-based tourism in the northern tourist circuit of Tanzania. Conference proceeding for the 12th TAWIRI conference held at Arusha 4-6 December, 2019

Kitheka, B. and Sirima, A. (2019). Tourism Governance and Organisational Infrastructure in the East African Community. In Mkono, M (Ed). Positive Tourism in Africa (p. 173-185)

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 p.1-11

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

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. (2017) Nature Reserves. In:  Lowry, L. L. (Ed.). The SAGE International 8.8.2  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.

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.

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

Sirima, A. (2016). The Social and Economic Impacts of Ruaha National Park Expansion. Open Journal of Social Sciences, 4, 1-11.

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. Encyclopedia of Travel and Tourism (p. 874-876). SAGE Publishing, Thousand Oaks ISBN: 9781483368948

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

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

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

 

Students Supervision

 Postgraduate:

  1. Kingazi, Nanyika - The influence of agroforestry systems on insect pollinator communities in Tanzania, PhD candidate in Forestry Sciences
  1. Ghaka, Masera D- Understanding the resilience of tour operators against pandemics in northern Tanzania - PhD candidate in Tourism Management
  2. Mwongoso, Alpha - Sustainable ecotourism through partnerships between community and private investors in northern Tanzania: tourism partnership stages-approach - SUA: PhD candidate in Tourism Management
  3. Kahangwa, Prisca –Attitude of tourists towards wildlife-based tourism in Tanzania. A case study of the northern circuit - SUA: MSc, Completed
  4. 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
  5. Mbugi, Ally –  The Role of Participatory Management of Heritage Resources in the Development of Tourism Destination in Tanzania – University of Iringa: MSc, Completed

Undergraduate:

Dr. Sirima has supervised over 25 undergraduate students in the areas of tourism, leisure, recreation and wildlife management.

Research & Consultancy

 

Ongoing

1. Researcher - Cultural Tourism Development for Adaptation to Climate Change Impacts and Effects Resulted from COVID 19 for the Communities Adjacent to the Udzungwa Mountains National Park – Kilombero, EAMCEF  June 2021 -

2. Socio-economist - Environmental Flow Assessment of RUVU Catchment River, Dry Season Analysis, Wami/Ruvu Basin Water Board, March 2018 - 

3. Researcher – Institutional Canopy of Conservation (I-CAN) project, 2014-2021  

Completed

1. Lead Consultant- Baseline study: Inventory of the network of conservation organizations, African Conservation Centre, December 2017 - April 2020

2. Socio-economist - Environmental Flow Assessment of Zigi Catchment River, Dry Season Analysis, Pangani Basin Water Board, March 2018 - 2020

3. Consultant – Terminal Evaluation of TFS Strategic Planning II, September- November 2019

4. Wildlife Expert – Biological Resource Field Survey for an environmental assessment of the proposed Kisegese Irrigation Scheme, CDM Smith, August 2017 – March 2018

5. Researcher - Establish linkage between ECOPRC and other REDD+ initiatives at national level, March 2018 –

6. Lead Consultant – WMA Viability Analysis, USAID PROTECT – Tanzania, June 2017 – July 2018

7. Socio-economist - Environmental Flow Assessment of Zigi Catchment River – Wet Season Analysis, Pangani Basin Water Board, March – June 2017

8. Principal Investigator - Assessing Enguserosambu community forest dependence and motivation for forest protection, 2015/2016.

9. Researcher – Laying the Foundations for Effective Landscape-level Planning for Sustainable Development in the SAGCOT Corridor: Ihemi Agricultural Cluster (LiFELand) 2015/2016.

10. Researcher – Assessing Community Biodiversity Awareness around Wazo Hill Quarry, March – Dec 2016

11. Consultant –Community Based Tourism Training to selected six villages surrounding Saadani National Park. Funded by IUCN/Kesho Trust. May 2016

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

13. 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.

14. Project member - Corridor identification/ spatial planning in selected WWF target landscapes, Tanzania. Funded by WWF, May – October, 2011.

15. 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.