Pacifica F. Achieng Ogola from Kenya became the first African to obtain a PhD degree from the University of Iceland last week and the first student to graduate from university’s Environment and Natural Resources Studies doctoral program.
Ogola, who was born 1970, first came to Iceland in 2004 to study for six months at the United Nations University Geothermal Training Programme. She returned in 2009 to pursue a PhD, visir.is reports.
Her study sought to assess the social, economic and environmental impacts of harnessing geothermal energy through the UNFCCC climate change management strategies (mitigation and adaptation) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in two areas in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya.
Her research indicated possible social benefits from harnessing geothermal energy in Baringo and can thus be used for planning for both investors and companies intending to carry out geothermal projects in the area.