Kennedy Mkutu Agade is a Professor of International Relations, Security Studies, and Peace Studies who has taught at US International University-Africa, in Kenya, for 10 years. He has carried out extensive research in Kenya and the Greater Horn of Africa with particular focus on: pastoralist conflict, small arms, new resource conflicts, impacts of mega-development projects in pastoralist areas, terrorism, urban crime, private security companies and crime and violence prevention. Mkutu also has a strong record of publications in the areas of security, peacebuilding, conflict and pastoralism as well as effective networks with policy-makers in the region. His recent research interests include the rapidly changing future of rural Africa and resource conflicts. He is a team member in the Collaborative Research Centre’s Future Rural Africa Project, a team member in the Shared Lands participatory action research programme, Co-PI for the VR-Swedish Research Links initiatives on “Shifting sands – contestations around sand extraction and trade in East and West Africa”, Co-PI for the British Academy funded project “Understanding the dynamics of water scarcity and conflict in Kenya” and is a Senior Consultant in Conflict Sensitivity for the World Bank. Mkutu also spent six years managing the Crime and Violence Prevention Training, a collaboration between the Kenya School of Government and USIU-Africa, funded by the Open Society Initiative East Africa. The CVPT was a capacity-building initiative bringing together a multi-sector pool of learners from diverse state and non-state institutions. Mkutu holds a Ph.D. in international relations and security studies as well as a Diploma in research methods from the University of Bradford (UK), a Masters in Public Administration from Jacksonville State University (USA), and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies from Southeastern University (Florida, USA).