Kanyiva is an air quality researcher within the Urbanization and Wellbeing Unit. She has worked on various projects addressing the causes, course and consequences of urbanization in sub-Saharan Africa, and has vast experience working within urban informal settlements. She is currently a Royal Society FLAIR fellow, with her research focusing on mitigating household air pollution in rural households in Machakos County, Kenya, through the introduction of bio-ethanol as a cleaner cooking fuel option.
Kanyiva is passionate about air quality and is especially interested in lay perceptions of exposure to air pollution and effects of this exposure on health and building on those to inform policy and action for improved health and wellbeing.
She holds a Ph.D. in Epidemiology and Public Health from Umeå University, Sweden and a Master’s degree in Epidemiology from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. She studied fisheries and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Moi University.