Prof. Nigatu Regassa

Prof NigatuFull name: Nigatu Regassa Geda 

Academic position: Professor, Vise President for Business and Development

Telephone:+251 46 220 4757


Biography: Professor Nigatu Regassa Geda was born on 28th April, 1973 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He did his BA Degree in Educational Psychology and Geography as a minor from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, class of 1996, MSc in Demography (Population Studies), Institute of Development Research, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, class of 2001 with a thesis entitled: “Socioeconomic determinants of Urban Streetism in Awassa (Southern Ethiopia)” and PhD in Population Studies from the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) Mumbai, India, class of 2006 with a dissertation entitled “Levels, Differentials and Determinants of Natural Fertility among selected Rural Communities of Southern Ethiopia” (Sponsored by the Ethiopian Government). He also did his Post Doctoral research certification from Oklahoma State University, U.S.A. in July 2011 producing five journal articles in the broad areas of household food security, nutrition and environment during his post doctoral attachment.

 Professor Nigatu has rich experience in teaching and leadership with various rankings: as a Graduate Assistant August 1995 to September 1999, Assistant Lecturer September 1999 to September 2001, Lecturer September 2001 to November 2006 , Assistant Professor September 2006 to February 2009 and Associate Professor February 2009 to April 2013.

 Besides his teaching career, Professor Nigatu has been actively engaged in different leadership positions at HwU. He served as: an assistant dean of Students and Guidance Counselor – August 1996 to September 1999, Head Department, Rural Development and Family Sciences October 2001 to June 2003, Head Department of Hotel Management July 2003 to December 2003, Division Coordinator, Continuing and Distance Education Division from October 2006 to December 2007, Associate Vice President for Academic Programs January 2008 to July 2009, Director, Academic Programs and Quality Assurance August 2009 to December 2010, and Vice President for Business and Development November 2011 to present.

Professor Nigatu is an all-rounded person mastering various skills and knowledge. He is different particularly in Demography, Psychology/Sociology, and Applied Science, Human Geography and Educational Psychology and Pedagogy and research techniques. He has also advanced computer skills particularly in Microsoft Windows based skills: Excel, Word and PowerPoint and in Statistical Packages: SPSS, STATA and ATLAS-ti and Demographic Packages: Mortpack 4.0 (Mortality Package) and Spectrum.

Moreover, he is experience in directing research and academic programs, developing project proposals, monitoring education and development activities and working with rural communities.

During the last 17 years of his employment at Hawassa University, Professor Nigatu has been active in various research and research related activities that involved both qualities and quantitative analysis. Some of these research projects include: “An assessment of the living conditions of socially disadvantages children in five major towns of Southern Ethiopia” funded by NORAD, 1997 to 2001; “Participation of women in food chain activities and its impact on nutritional status of families” funded by Ethiopian Science and Technology Commission, 2003 to 2004; “Reproductive behaviors of women in selected rural districts of Sidama Zone (Southern Ethiopia)” funded by NORAD, 2004 to 2006; “Maternal and Child Nutrition and Health in the selected areas of Arsi Negele and Wondo Genet” funded by CIDA Project, 2005 to 2006; “Levels, determinants and Coping mechanisms of household food security in the dry land areas of Southern Ethiopia” funded by DCG-Norway, 2007 to 2008, and “Responses of Rural Households to population pressure in food insecure areas of Sidama Zone: Investigating implications on the environment” funded by Center for Environment and Society, CES,USA, 2008 to 2008.

Professor Nigatu taught courses on: Family System, Educational Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Sociology, Population and Environment to undergraduate students and population and Environment, Population and Development, and Advanced Research Methodology to both Undergraduate and Graduate Students. He also supervised more than 30 Masters Thesis and Undergraduate Senior Essays. Moreover, he produced a teaching material on “Population and Environment” which has already been in use in many Ethiopian Universities.

He also delivered papers at national and international seminars, workshops and conferences. The following are list of papers presented by him only at international stages:


  • Nigatu Regassa (2005) “land and population nexus” at a training workshop organized by the Mercy Corps International. (April 10-28, 2005); 
  • Nigatu Regassa (2005) “Fertility behaviors in the traditional communities of Sidama, Ethiopia” organized by the International Institute of Population Sciences. Mumbai, India (September 3, 2005); 
  • Nigatu Regassa and Seyoum Hamesso (2010) “Smallholder farmers’ coping strategies to climate change in Sidama Zone/Southern Ethiopia”, Windhoek, Namibia (August 29-31, 2010); 
  • Nigatu Regassa and Barbara Stocker (2011) “Household food security and hunger in Sidama Zone, Southern Ethiopia” Presented at the International Conference of Experimental Biology, Washington DC, USA, (April 9-13, 2011); and 
  • Nigatu Regassa (2011) “Cultural and Historical profile of Ethiopia” at the cultural dinner program organized by Oklahoma State University cultural center, USA (March 30, 2011) 

Professor Nigatu has ample experience in consultancy. Significant number of organizations benefited a lot from his consultancy services. To mention some of his consultancy and related experiences: 

  • He served as a tutor in the two months pedagogical skill training for nursing instructor from August to September, 2002; 
  • Participated in the base line survey on “Socio-economic status of women in SNNPR”, organized by Self Help International in December 2004, 
  • Served as consultant for Health Communication Partnership (HCP), USAID Funded international organization, to conduct a baseline survey on Kokeb Kebele Program (KKP) from March to June 2006; 
  • Conduct a regional level survey entitled “Implementation of Universal Access Plan (UAP) in SNNPR: A Case Study: Sponsored by PIPPLE-Ethiopia, November 2007 – March 2008; 
  • Produced eight booklets to SNNPR Education Bureau on “Population and Family Life Education”, April to June 2007; 
  • Served as consultant to Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) to conduct a research project on “Impacts of Agrochemicals on Environment and Food Security in the Rift Valley…”, August to December 2008; 
  • Conducted a research project entitled “Levels, determinants and coping mechanisms of household food insecurity in three zones of Southern Ethiopia (published)”, September 2007 to January 2009, and 
  • Served as consultant to UNFPA to assess the Accuracy of the 2007 Ethiopian Census (focus on the analytical results of Amhara Region)”, April to June 2009. 

Professor Nigatu has research and consultancy interest in the areas of: 

  • Gender and Reproductive Health 
  • Food Security and Environment 
  • Poverty and Socio-economic Inequality 
  • Population and Health Policy 
  • Community Health 
  • Demographic Analysis (fertility, mortality and migration) 
  • Urbanization and environmental 

Besides upgrading his qualification in formal education, Professor Nigatu updates himself taking part in various short term trainings. Some of the short term trainings he received include: 

  • Managing and Administering Higher Education, August 23, 2002 from British Council; 
  • Conflict Mapping and Peace Building, May 7, 2005 from Mercy Corp; 
  • Social Network Analysis, February 14, 2007 from IFPRI; 
  • Diploma in Law, April 1, 2007 from Alpha University College; 
  • Advanced Research methods of Demographers and Anthropologies, March 19, 2008 from Bristol University and Addis Ababa University 
  • Professional Certificate in Management, March 30, 2008 from Ethiopian Management Institute 
  • Management Consultancy, February 17, 2010 from Ethiopian Management Institution 
  • Leadership and Management Capacity Development in the Ethiopian Higher Education System LMCD-EHE (15 days), May 2010, Maastricht School of Management, the Netherlands, and 
  • Management of Financial Resources and Project Management (1 Month) October, 2010 from Oldenburg University, Germany. 

Moreover, he shared international experience in countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, Netherlands, German and USA. 

Professor Nigatu Regassa has published more than 27 academic articles on national and international journals. Below are only the most recent ones: 

  • Nigatu Regassa (2011). Antenatal and Postnatal Care Service Utilization in Southern Ethiopia. A Population based study. African Health Sciences. Vol 11 (3):390-397 
  • Nigatu Regassa (2011). Intimate Partners’ Violence among selected populations in Southern Ethiopia. Examining the prevalence and risk factors. International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology Vol. 4(1):13-22 
  • Nigatu Regassa and Barbara Stoecker (2011). Household Food Security and Hunger in Sidama Zone, Southern Ethiopia. Cambridge Journal of Public Health Nutrition.  doi:10.1017/S1368980011003119. 
  • Nigatu Regassa and Barbara Stoecker (2012). Contextual Risk Factors for Maternal Malnutrition in Food Insecure zone in Southern Ethiopia. Cambridge Journal of Biosocial Sciences. 
  • Nigatu Regassa and Barbara Stoecker (2011). Attitude and Risk Perceptions about Climate change in Farming Communities in Southern Ethiopia. (Submitted to Journal) 
  • Nigatu Regassa and Barbara Stoecker (2011). Infant and Child Feeding Practices in a Food Secure Zone in Sothern Ethiopia. (Under review)


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