Undergraduate Students

The Department of Development Studies receives more than 150 new full time undergraduate students each year to take the Bachelor of Rural Development. It has also been receiving International Students under the International students Exchange Programme. While studying our undergraduate students  develop valuable skills such as managing projects, working in a team and thinking critically which make them valuable to employers.  They get opportunity to use available well experienced academic staffs for academic mentoring services  and career development advice. The Department provides students with academic support through allocation academic supervisors and Special Project Supervisors.

Academic Advisor

After a student has enrolled as an undergraduate student he/she get introduced to one academic advisor. The role of this academic advisor to guide you mostly in academic matters such as selection of elective courses, securing Field Practical Training, specialization/career development through different ways;

  • A drop in class ( class session short break)
  • a booked appointment
  • via academic staff email provided to you/telephone ( although it is advised to meet your supervisor physically if possible)

Special Project Supervisor

When our students are in third year of your their study, they normally been given a Special Project Supervisor who take you through Special Project Proposal preparation and Special Project report writing. The roles of the SP Supervisor to guide you in creating the topic, objectives/research questions of  SP proposal and technical advice on data collection in the field ( this should be done in the first semester of the third year) and technical advice on data collection in the field, analysis and SP writing ( this should be done in the second semester of  the third year). Students are advised to meet with their  Special Project Supervisor through booked appointment to avoid inconviniences.


The Development Studies Institute is a largest institute of Sokoine University of Agriculture.The institute host students local and international students from different countries Worldwide. The International students taking studies at the institute join either individually directly from their home countries or through Exchange Programmes. Currently, the Institute has a total number of 501 full time students including 368 Undergraduate Students and 133 Postgraduate Students  (i.e. excluding those who come through International Students Exchange Programme). 

For more information about our students  and students supervision click the link below;


Academic staff

Currently, the Department has 20 academic staff.  These academic staff are specialized in different development studies fields including rural development, entrepreneurship, economics, poverty analysis, food security, governance, conflict management, Project Management, Gender and Development, Sociology, Demography and Population, Natural Resource Management and Human Ecology.

To get detailed information about each staff, click on the name of that staff.





Principal CSSH

Prof. Samwel J. Kabote

2 Head of Department Dr.Raymond Salanga


Associate Professor (DVC AF-Ardhi University)

Prof. Carolyne Nombo


Associate Professor

Prof. Kim Kayunze


Assistant Lecturer

Yahya Nawanda


Senior Lecturer

Dr. Emanuel Chingonikaya


Senior Lecturer

Dr. John N. Jecknoni


Associate Professor

Prof.Anna Sikira 



Dr. Farida Salehe



Dr. Mikidadi Muhanga



Dr. Justin J. Ringo



Dr. John V. Msinde


Tutorial Assistant

Mr. Kenya M. Nyamonge



Dr. Emmanuel T. Malisa


Assistant Lecturer

Ms. Judith S. Kahamba



Ms. Halima O. Mangi


Assistant Lecturer

Ms. Anna G. Monela


Assistant Lecturer

Mr. Pius John Nyamuhanga


 Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Justus Nsenga


 Senior Lecturer

Dr.Jonathan Mbwambo


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