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Francis T. Koti, PhD, GISP

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Teaching

KESSA

Tanzania Study Abroad Program

Research

Graduate Thesis Supervision

Academic Advising

Research Interests

My research focus is in the areas of: Participatory geographic information systems (PGIS); African Urbanization; Urban and Regional Planning, Third World Development and Planning; and Regional and Rural Development. I recently completed a study that examined the impacts of modern geospatial technologies on social and spatial exclusion in the fringe of Africa’s largest cities. The study explored alternative GIS approaches applicable in data-poor environments, economically depressed areas, and also socially and spatially differentiated social contexts. Recently, I have also gained interest in the dynamics of the emerging techno cities on the fringe of Africa's largest cities. I continue to investigate small town dynamics in the American south.

Recent Peer Reviewed Scholarly, Literary, and/or Artistic Publications

  • Koti, F. 2010. Confronting Socio-Spatial Exclusion on the Fringe of Africa’s Cities Using Participatory GIS: Lessons from Athi River Town, Kenya. Africa Today 56 (3):62-82.
  • Smiley, S and F. Koti. 2010. Introduction: Africa’s Spaces of Exclusion. Africa Today 56(3) v-ix.
  • Smiley, S and F. Koti. 2010. Guest Editors. Africa Today Vol 56 (3) Special Edition. Theme: Africa’s Spaces of Exclusion.
  • Koti, F and D. Weiner. 2006. (Re)Defining Peri-Urban Residential Space Using Participatory GIS in Kenya. Electronic Journal on Information Systems in Developing Countries 25 (8): 1-12.  http://www.ejisdc.org

Other Scholarly, Literary, and/or Artistic Publications

  • Kenya Scholars and Studies Association (KESSA) Newsletter May 2013, April 2012, May 2009
  • Koti, F. and D, Weiner. 2008. Understanding African Peri-Urban Landscapes Using Participatory GIS. Proceedings of the Global Dialogues on Emerging Science and Technology in Africa Conference, March 17-18, 2008, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Koti, F. 2007. Developed a chapter-by-chapter PowerPoint based Classroom Response System (CRS) questions for the Physical Geography Course Text: McKnight, T. and D. Hess   2007. Physical Geography (9th Edition).  Upper Saddle River (NJ): Prentice Hall. The CRS is a polling system that enables instructors to pose questions to students, record results, and display the results instantly in the classroom. This was published in the form of a DVD by Prentice Hall and is being used nationwide along with the 2007 (9th) edition of the text.

Recent Presentations to Scholarly, Literary, and/or Artistic Meetings

  • Koti, F. 2013. Techno Cities: Africa’s Urban Future or a New Form of Urban Exclusion? Paper presented at the 6th annual conference of the Kenya Scholars and Studies Association at Bowling Green State University, OH, 09, 6-7, 2013.
  • Koti, F. 2013. Sprawl Effects in Small Rural Towns in the U.S: A Critical Perspective. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association of American Geographers, in Los Angeles, CA, April 9-12, 2013.
  • Koti, F. 2012.  Participatory GIS or just Another GIS? Examining Participatory GIS Practice in a Non-Western Context. Paper presented at the Geographic Information Systems and Technology (GIST) Awareness Day, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, November 15, 2012.
  • Koti, F. 2012. Conducting Study Abroad Programs: What’s there for me? What works?  What does not? Panel Session at the 5th annual conference of the Kenya Scholars and Studies Association at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, September 7-8, 2012.  (Organizer and Panelist).
  • Koti, F. 2012. The African Remittance Market: Understanding the framework. Paper presented at the 5th annual conference of the Kenya Scholars and Studies Association at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, September 7-8, 2012. 
  • Koti, F. 2012. Diaspora Contribution to Africa's Development: A Critical Perspective. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association of American Geographers, in New York City, NY, February 24-29, 2012.
  • Koti, F. 2011. Kenya Diaspora Success in America: Helping/Positioning Self to Help Kenya – What it takes. Panel session at the first Kenyan Diaspora Conference in Washington DC on October 7-9, 2011. (Session moderator).
  • Koti, F. 2011. Research Funding in Kenya: Opportunities and Possibilities. Panel Session at the 4th annual conference of the Kenya Scholars and Studies Association at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, September 16-17, 2011.
  • Gathua, W. and F. Koti. 2011. Research Funding in Kenya: Opportunities and Possibilities. Panel Session at the 4th annual conference of KESSA at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, September 16-17, 2011.  (Organizer).
  • Koti, F. 2011. Understanding Urban Sprawl in Small Rural Towns in the US. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association of American Geographers, in Seattle, WA, April 11-16, 2011.
  • Koti, F. 2010.  Can Telecommunication Technologies Close the Gap? Expanding Research Networks and Opportunities for African-Based Geospatial Scientists and the Diaspora. Paper presented at the 3rd annual conference of the Kenya Scholars and Studies Association at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, September 17-18, 2010. 
  • Maina, F; P. Kamina; F. Koti and W. Wamwara-Mbugua. : Landing an Academic Job in the US and Keeping It: Working Strategies. A joint career preparation workshop for Kenyan graduate students in terminal degree programs in the US and Kenyan junior faculty members in American universities conducted at the 3rd annual conference of the Kenya Scholars and Studies Association (KESSA at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, September 17-18, 2010. 
  • Koti. F. 2010. Decentralizing GIS Practice in Kenya: Opportunities and Constraints. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association of American Geographers in Washing DC, April 14-18, 2010.
  • I have mentored undergraduate and graduate students to present their research at national conferences:  Mathew Trousdale, 2008 AAG; Lauren Kimbrell and Kelli Cole, 2010 AAG; William Walker 2011 AAG; Regan Doyle – 2011 and 2012 AAG; Lindsey Warren, 2011 AAG; 2011 and 2012 KESSA Conference; Robert Nall, 2012 AAG; Loic Dimithe, 2012 KESSA.

Grants and Contracts Received

  • Summer 2012. Received $1500 travel funds from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi headquarters to attend the National Bicentennial Convention, St. Louis MO. (External)
  • Fall 2009 –2012 - Part of the research team for a $499,500 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In this research project, we explored ways to improve NOAA’s capabilities in weather forecasting and also disaster recovery using GIS tools.  (External)