Director of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Training and Research
PhD (Intra-household social determinants of demand for maternal healthcare in Mbarara district, Uganda), Mbarara University of Science and Technology, February 2014.
Master of Public Health (MPH), Lund University, Sweden, April 2006.
Bachelor of Arts - Honors (Sociology and Religious Studies), Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, April 2001.
Teaching experience and other related responsibilities:
Director/Senior Lecturer, Institute of Interdisciplinary Training and Research, Mbarara University of Science and Technology – June 2013 to date
Head of Department, Development Studies, Mbarara University of Science and Technology – September 2010 to June 2013
Lecturer, (Sociology, Community Development, Qualitative research, Gender and Women Health Promotion); Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Institute of Interdisciplinary Training and Research (IITR) former Faculty of Development Studies – June 2009 to date
Assistant Lecturer, Mbarara University of Science and Technology Faculty of Development Studies – February 2007 to 2009
Teaching Assistant/Volunteer, Mbarara University of Science and Technology Faculty of Development Studies – June 2006 to February 2007
Facilitator and Project Coordinator, MUST Peer Education Project, 2003 to 2005
Facilitator, Course in Participatory Methods; tools for facilitators – Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Department of Community Health 2003 to date
Facilitator, Global Health Course by Lund University facilitated in collaboration with Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Department of Community Health 2003, 2004 and 2005
Facilitator, Albert Austen University, USA, Medical Students community practice and research - Global Health Course in Kisoro hospital rural southwestern Uganda 2006, 2007
Medard Twinamatsiko, Robert Bitariho and Viola N Nyakato (2015); Women in Conservation, lessons learned: if women benefit from ecotourism revenues, the environment will benefit, too; published by Bird Life International available at http://www.birdlife.org/africa/news/women-conservation-let-women-benefit-ecotourism-revenues-biodiversity-will-benefit-too
Viola N Nyakato and C Rwabukwali (2015). Women on the Margin, Decision-making and the Unmet Need for. Maternal Health in Rural Mbarara District Uganda, IJMCH 3(2): 101-109.
Choudhry, V., Ambresin, A. E., Nyakato, V. N., & Agardh, A. (2015). Transactional sex and HIV risks-evidence from a cross-sectional national survey among young people in Uganda. Global Health Action, 8.
Viola N Nyakato, Land inequality and Family Planning, In DRUSSA Platform2013 Getting Evidence Based Development Research into Use in Sub-Saharan Africa available at www.drussa.net
Viola Nyakato and Charles Rwabukwali, Couple Relations, Decision making Hierarchy and Use of Maternal Health Care in Rural Uganda, European Academic Research Vol. I, Issue 6, September 2013.
Viola N Nyakato, Gender Inequality in Household Labour: Implications for Demand of Maternal Health Care in Uganda, In Mansah Prah (Ed) Insights into Gender Equity, Equality and Power Relations in Sub-Saharan Africa, Fountain Publishers, Kampala 2013.
Viola N Nyakato, Unmet Sexual and Reproductive Health of University Students in Uganda; Saarbrucken. Lambert Academic Publishing February 2013.
Viola N Nyakato and Wim Pelupessy; ‘Not by money alone: the health poverty trap in rural Uganda’; Nnnuaire Des Grands Lacs 2010-2011; Antwerp University website - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Afrique-2010-2011-Grands-Annuaire/dp/2296129862
Viola N Nyakato, The path to maturity and sustenance for young people within rural south western Uganda; a scenario from Kisoro District; Mbarara University of Science and Technology Medical Journal., February 2007 Vol. 13
Brenner Jenny, Bagenda Fred, Nyakato Viola, Ruzaaza Gad Ndaruhutse, Kabakyenga Jerome and Singhal Neha; A Situational Analysis of Child Health in CPS - MUST Project Communities in South-western Uganda” Paediatr Child Health 2004;9; (Supp A):33A
Camilla F Thomsen, Bianca Luff, Halvor Storrusten, Viola N Nyakato and Marianne Tellier (2015) Drivers and Challenges to Use of Menstrual Cups Among Schoolgirls in Rural Uganda: A Qualitative Study; In Submission to Journal of Adolescence
Jessica Mayson Perkins,; Viola N Nyakato,; Bernard Kakuhikire,; Pamela K Mbabazi,; H. Wesley Perkins,; Alexander C. Tsai,; S. V. Subramanian,; Nicholas A. Christakis and David R Bangsberg (2015) Actual vs. Perceived HIV Testing Norms, and Personal HIV Testing Uptake: A Cross-sectional, Population-based Study in Rural Uganda; In Submission to AIDS and Behavior Journal
Viola Nyakato and Charles B Rwabukwali; ‘Do Women’s Land Rights Affect Uganda’s Maternal Health Trends?’ – Working Paper 2015
Nathalie Holvoet and Viola Nilah Nyakato; Intra-household time use in rural Uganda: trends, attitudes and policy implications – Working Paper 2015
Post Graduate Studies Research Supervision:
Elizabeth Kemigisha, Comprehensive Sexuality education for young adolescents in primary schools in south western Uganda; implementation and outcomes, PhD, University of Ghent, 2015 ongoing.
Pamela Kampire, Gender Relations and Child Nutrition: A study of Intra-household Bargaining in Rural Uganda – PhD, Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU), 2013 ongoing.
Zibar Aryampwera, Microfinance Services and Women Poverty: A Case Study of Kagango Sub County, Sheema District, Uganda, MA, Development Studies, MUST Completed 2016.
Achen Charrotte HIV status and Domestic Violence., MA. Development Studies, MUST completed 2015.
Lilian S Rutandaro, Integrating Community- Based Response to Address OVC Needs by Civil Society Organisations: A Comparative Study of Icobi and Ankole Diocese in Mbarara District – Post Graduate Diploma in Development Studies, MUST, completed 2012.
Namala Angella Clare – Post Graduate Diploma in Development Studies, MUST, completed 2012
Weijahe Clare, Examining the State of Health Services Utilization among Refugees: A Case Study of Nakivale Refugee Camp, Rugaaga Sub-county, Isingiro District - MA Development Studies, MUST Completed 2010
Juliet Ntawubona, Participation of Women in Recruitment for Political Decision Making Positions in Mbarara District – MA Development Studies, must Completed 2009.
Awards and Research Grants:
2015 World Heritage Hero, at the 39th Session of the German Commission for UNESCO in recognition of the publication on Women in Conservation, lessons learned: if women benefit from ecotourism revenues, the environment will benefit, too. The study was conducted in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Available at https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=http://www.unesco.de/fr/kultur/welterbe/exposition/heritage-heroes/ouganda.html&prev=search
2015 WOTRO Science for Development (€345.450) – a grant towards implementing a 2 year project on ‘cots benefit analysis of Cash Transfer Programmes and Post Trauma Services for Economic Empowerment of Women in Northern Uganda’ in collaboration with University of Tilburg, Netherlands.
2015 VIRL-OUS Team Project (€299,000) – a grant towards implementing a 3 year project on‘Mitigating adverse sexual and reproductive health outcomes through a comprehensive primary school sexuality education program in South-Western Uganda’ in collaboration with University of Ghent, Free University of Brussels and Uganda Martyrs University.
2014 Conservation International and Birdlife International ($10,000) –‘The Involvement of Women in Integrated Conservation and Development (ICD) Policy Implementation and Governance. Drawing Lessons from tourism Revenue Sharing at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park’ in collaboration with Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation (ITFC), Uganda.
2013 VIRL-OUS South Initiative (€75,000) – a grant for “Exploring opportunities for partnership and initiating joint research on the topic: Intra-household and gender analysis to address food and health insecurities among rural communities in south western Uganda” in collaboration with Prof. Nathalie Holvoet, Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerp.
2012/2013 Association of Commonwealth Split-Site Scholarship - research fellowship at School of International Development, University of East Anglia, UK.
2012 African Initiative Exchange Programme ($ 10,000) – support towards short term academic placement at the Department of International Development Studies, University of Dalhousie, Halifax Canada, April to September 2012.
2011 Gates Grand Challenges Exploration Grant ($100,000) - Use and effects of household-level clean energy in rural Mbarara, Uganda – 2011/2013.
2010/2011 PRB Policy Fellow - International Population Policy Fellowship award by Population Reference Bureau, Washington D.C.
2007 PhD Research Scholarship – NUFFIC scholarship offered by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Uganda to support Capacity Development of the Faculty of Development Studies (MUST) under NPT/UGA/188 project, 2007/2010.
Healthy Child Uganda – Grant for a rural community’s qualitative baseline survey for a collaborative project under MUST, Uganda and University of Calgary, Canada – 2006
Tuwatanise Health Project – Grant for rural community participatory research from Christian Aware, United Kingdom; ongoing since 2005 to 2010.
Blogs/Opinion Pieces/Press Commentary:
Changing family structures- defining Uganda’s social crisis context: available at http://www.drussa.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2410%3Achanging-family-structures-defining-ugandas-social-crisis-context&catid=209%3Aits-happening-here&Itemid=307&lang=en
Women’s decisions: the missing MDGs gauge; The Monitor Publications; October 12 2010 available at Shttp://www.accessmylibrary.com/article-1G1-239347730/women-decisions-missing-mdg.html
Uganda’s education, rethinking the relevancy of social sciences disciplines; The New Vision; January 14, 2012
Selected Short Courses:
NIH Web-based training course on ‘Protecting Human Research Participants’. Certificate Number: 819097, 12/23/2011
Certificate in Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation of Community Based Programmes offered by German Foundation for World Population (DSW)/Bonita Sexual and Reproductive Health Training Centre – Kampala, April 2005.
Certificate of Participation; an International Course in Participatory Methodologies, Empowering Communities Tools for Facilitators’ offered by Mbarara University of Science and Technology (Uganda) in Collaboration with Lund University (Sweden) September/October 2003
University Course Certificate in Health Policy offered by Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden, March 2003
University Course Certificate in Global Patterns of Health Problems and Health Hazards offered by Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden, March 2003
Research work, Presentations and Conference Papers:
Viola Nyakato ‘Impact of Negative Cultural and Religious Practices on Gender Mainstreaming in Uganda’ presented at the November 2015 Gender Workshop organised by Belgian Embassy in Uganda.
Viola N Nyakato, ‘Intra-Household Time Use in Rural Uganda: Trends, Attitudes and Policy Implications’. Presented at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, 11th Annual Research Dissemination Conference in December 2015.
Viola N Nyakato, ‘Do Women’s Land Rights Affect Uganda’s Maternal Health Trends?’ presented at presented at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, 11th Annual Research Dissemination Conference in December 2015.
Viola Nyakato ‘Determining the relevance of remittances for health care services in rural communities in East Africa’ presented at the September 2015 Globalization, Ageing, Innovation and Care (GAIC) meeting held in Nairobi Kenya.
Viola N Nyakato, ‘Women’s decision-making on a margins’: determining factors responsible for unmet need for family planning in rural Mbarara District Uganda, presented at presented at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, 9th Annual Research Dissemination Conference in November 2013.
Viola Nilah Nyakato, Land, Property Rights and Power Relations: what is wrong? Panel paper presented at the International Women’s Day organized by Norfolk Federation of Women Institutes, Norwich UK, March 2013
Viola N Nyakato, Couple Relations and Decision Making Hierarchy: Facts about Household Level Maternal Healthcare Delays, presented at presented at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, 8th Annual Research Dissemination Conference in December 2012.
Jessica Perkins and Viola N Nyakato, Social Networks, Health and Development in Southwest Uganda, 7th Annual Research Dissemination Conference in November 2011.
Viola N Nyakato, Assessing Gender Gap within Household Care Activities labor in Rwanyamahembe Sub-county, Kashari County, Mbarara Uganda, presented at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, 6th Annual Research Dissemination Conference in November 2010.
Pamela Mbabazi and Viola N Nyakato, Challenging determinants of National Minimum Health Care Package (UNMHCP) delivery in Mbarara District, presented at Mbarara University Annual Research Conference: December 2009.
Viola N Nyakato and Pelupessy Wim, Not by money alone: the health poverty trap in rural Uganda, presented at the Human Development and Capability Approach in New Delhi India September 2008.
Viola N Nyakato (2007), who will feed the world? - Defining the role of social relations; experience from poor households in Rural Uganda, presented at the World Food Day Symposium organized by Tilburg University, Netherlands available at http://www.books4life.nl/tilburg/B4LMag2007.pdf
Viola N Nyakato and Ndaruhutse Gad Ruzaaza, The role of social and family relations in promoting community health outcomes and economic progress, A thematic poster presentation at The-Network TUFH Conference, 20 September 2007, Kampala Uganda.
Viola N Nyakato, Unmet sexual and reproductive health of young people; a case study of students at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Master’s thesis, Division of Social Science Medicine, Lund University Sweden, April 2006.
Viola N Nyakato, Brenner Jenny and Ruzaaza G Ndaruhutse, (2006); Mainstreaming Child Health in southwestern Uganda: being an under five in a rural community, a paper presentation at The Network TUFH Conference, Belgium August 2006.
Viola N Nyakato (2006), Unmet sexual and reproductive health of young people; a case study of students at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, a paper presented at the 3rd Annual Scientific Conference organized by Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda.
Viola N Nyakato, Ruzaaza Gad Ndaruhutse, Jerome Kabakyenga, Bajunirwe Francis, Cundall, David and Moore R John, Factors influencing the social marketing of insecticide-treated mosquito nets in rural areas in South-Background, a paper presented at the 2nd Annual Scientific Conference organized by Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda, September 2005.
Viola N Nyakato and Kyagaba Emmanuel, From policy and planning to action: Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) community opinions and attitudes towards health services and policies, a paper presented at the 2nd Annual Scientific Conference organized by Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda, September 2005.
Professional and Community Committee Memberships:
Visiting Lecturer, Uganda Virtual University, and August 2012 to date.
Editor, Journal of Health Psychology
Committee Member, MUST Internal Appointments Board, October 2013 to date
Champion, Development Research Uptake in Sun-Saharan Africa, May 2012
Faculty Representative, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Institutional Quality Assurance Committee 2010 to date
Chairperson, Mbarara International School Parents Teachers Committee 2011 to 2015
Chairperson, Institute of Interdisciplinary Training and Research Graduate Studies and Research Committee 2009 to date