Brenda Boonabaana is a Lecturer and Gender Specialist based at Makerere University, Uganda where she leads the teaching of Sustainable Tourism and Tourism Resources Management courses.
She is also a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Geography and the Environment at the University of Texas at Austin, USA (2021-2023). She holds a PhD in Tourism (Gender and Tourism specialty), from the University of Otago, New Zealand (2012), a Masters of Arts degree in Land use and Regional Development of Makerere University (2006), and a BA Education (Geography major) of Makerere University (2001).
With over 10 years’ experience, Brenda’s research expertise is focused on gender, women and girls’ empowerment through community-based tourism.
She is an international gender trainer and mentor, Gender Responsive Researchers Equipped for Agricultural Transformation (GREAT) programme (seehttps://www.greatagriculture.org/), Fellow of the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development [AWARD]: https://awardfellowships.org/award_fellows/brenda-boonabaana/; Fellow, GAAP2 project, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI),Washington DC: https://gaap.ifpri.info/gaap2-team/cgiar-fellows-and-award-placements/.
Brenda has been a Gender Consultant for national and international development partners, including UN agencies. She has worked with the United Nations Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) as a Regional Field Expert for Africa, towards producing the Second Global Report on Women in Tourism (published in 2019) (see https://www.e-unwto.org/doi/book/10.18111/9789284420384), and was part of the team that won a global award of excellence for human development reporting in 2016, for the UNDP country report focused on: Unlocking the development potential of Northern Uganda (see:http://hdr.undp.org/en/content/uganda-human-development-report-2015). She is an alumnus of the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Programme, University of California, Berkeley (USA), having attended a short course in 2016.
Brenda cares about good environmental quality, biodiversity conservation, women and girls’ empowerment, safe and empowered families, as well as food secure and poverty free communities. She enjoys traveling, reading, multi-cultural interaction and giving back to the community.