Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Park Muhonda is a social scientist with an interest and experience in multidisciplinary research – employing both qualitative and quantitative methods and use social and natural science data. He employs multi-dimensional livelihoods approach to large datasets on livelihoods and shock exposure i.e. Living Standards Measurement Study and Integrated Household Survey to understand: 1) where people are exposed to specific shocks and 2) spatial patterns of factors that make people more or less likely to experience shocks in Malawi, Uganda, Ethiopia, Niger and Bangladesh.
His PhD dissertation takes a political ecological approach to understand socioeconomic and political conditions that underlie differential livelihoods vulnerability to climate and economic change in rural Malawi. Park is currently working with Dr. Abigail Bennett as a research associate (postdoc) at MSU's Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife on a project on fish trade and food security in Malawi. The project aims to enhance knowledge on fish value chain focusing on issues of gender, food security and small-scale fish workers’ livelihoods and understand scalar dimension of fish trade and governance of fisheries and their associated value chains.
Park taught World Regions as full graduate instructor in geography at West Virginia University, Departments of Geology and Geography. Previously, Park taught water resources management as part time lecture at Share World Open University. He also taught geography at secondary school after obtaining his first degree from University of Malawi. Park did his MSc in integrated water resources management with WaterNet, a regional (SADC) network of university departments and research and training institutes specializing in water. He also worked as project manager at Church and Society Programme.