Rosebella Nyumba


Rosebella is a zealous researcher at Nuvoni Centre for Innovation Research, and development practitioner who advocates for the use of research generated evidence to influence policy, foster inclusion and inform development. Her interests revolve around frugal innovation of products, services, technologies and processes, business model innovation and sustainability, energy access and sustainability, social interactions in society and creation of conducive urban spaces specifically in informal settlements.  

She holds a Masters Degree in Development Studies from the Institute for Development Studies, the University of Nairobi. She is also pursuing her doctoral studies at Bergische Universität Wuppertal, focusing on Business Model Sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa.  

Projects at Nuvoni
  • Nyumba, R., Onjala, B., Njuguna, A., Onsongo, E., Okoko, A. (2023). Household innovation and agency in mini grid energy access and use: A case study of households in Kenya. Presented at the 4th International Conference on Solar Technologies & Hybrid Mini Grids to Improve Energy Access, 26-28 April 2023, Mallorca, Spain.
  • Fransen, J., Hati, B., , Nyumba, R., Van Tuijl, E., (2023). Community vitality and frugal practices in informal settlements in Nairobi: Towards a typology. Cities, 134. Available at:
  • Fransen, J., Hati, B., Van Stapele, N., Kiriro, S., Nyumba, R., 2022 The resilience of informal settlements in Nairobi: multiple pathways and coping strategies. Forthcoming.