Ryan Snider, Ph.D. was raised in Nairobi, Kenya where his parents were teachers at an International School. Through living and working in close proximity with the rural poor in Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia and Mozambique, Ryan gained an appreciation for the local culture, language, and challenges currently facing sub-Saharan Africa.
After completing his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Geography (focusing on Ecotourism and Sustainable Development) at the University of Waterloo, Ryan started lecturing at Humber College. Ryan continues to conduct participatory research amongst Kenya’s pastoral Maasai, focusing specifically on the role that socially responsible tourism plays in sustaining indigenous livelihoods.
- Snider, Ryan. (2012). Indigenous Innovations in Ecotourism Planning: The Rise of Community-Owned Wildlife Conservancies in Kenya. Journal of Tourism Planning and Development. [Submitted August, 2012]
- Snider, Ryan. (2011). Land Tenure, Ecotourism, and Sustainable Livelihoods: ‘Living on the Edge’ of the Greater Maasai Mara, Kenya. University of Western Ontario, 8th Annual Earth Day Colloquium, London, Ontario, 2011. [Award for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Communication]
- Snider, Ryan. (2010). Land Tenure, Ecotourism, and Sustainable Livelihoods: ‘Living on the Edge’ of the Greater Maasai Mara, Kenya. Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA). Conference Proceedings. Quebec City, Quebec; October 2010. [Winner of Best Paper award]
- Snider, Ryan (2009). Ecotourism and Sustainable Livelihoods. Presented Nov. 27 at the National Ecotourism Conference.
- Available online at: http://www.ecotourismkenya.org/ecotourism-kenya-resource.php?shows=13
- Snider, Ryan (2009). “Socially Responsible Safaris - Traveling with a Purpose”. Presented at the Kitchener Public Library; Kitchener, Ontario; September 24, 2009.
- Snider, Ryan (2009). Sustainable Tourism and Indigenous Populations.Presented April 27 at the Graduate Student Research Conference - University of Waterloo.
- Snider, Ryan (2008). “The Role of Community Participation in Ecotourism Development”. Presented Oct. 18 at the Canadian Association of Geographers - Ontario (CAGONT).
- Snider, Ryan (2007). “Current Issues and Challenges Facing Contemporary East Africa”. An eight-part lecture series given at Waterloo RIM Park to 300 individuals of the Waterloo Lifelong Learning Association.
- Snider, Ryan (2004). “Facilitating Indigenous ‘Aunt and Uncle’ Mentorship to Young People as a Means of Reducing HIV/AIDS in Lyantonde, Uganda” (S-62722). A successful research proposal ($165,150) submitted to the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
- Snider, Ryan (2001). The Cambodia Biosand Filtration Project. A successful research proposal ($381,186) submitted to the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
- Snider, Ryan (1998). Clean Water for Londiani, Kenya - A Final Report on the Biosand Water Filter Project In East Africa, June 20 - Oct 20, 1998. Available online at: http://www.biosandfilter.org/biosandfilter/index.php/item/301#ref_13
- Snider, Ryan. (1996). "An Analysis of Fuelwood Consumption in Relation to Land Ownership in Kenya". Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina.