Dr. François Niragire

12 Nov 2020

Dr. François Niragire

Job Title/Academic rank:Senior Lecturer, and Director of Research and Innovation, CBE
School of Economics
Department :
Applied Statistics
Phone Number :
+250 788 427 688
E-mail :


François Niragire is Senior Lecturer of Applied Statistics at the University of Rwanda, College of Business and Economics, Department of Applied statistics. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied statistics (population and health), and a MSc. in Social statistics. He is currently College Director of Research and Innovation.

François Niragire has over 15 years of experience in teaching in higher education. Since his academic career in 2005, Dr. Niragire has made significant contributions to research, and teaching for both postgraduate and undergraduate programmes. 

He has facilitated many trainings and seminars on research methodology and communication. His current activities at University of Rwanda also involve the management of research and education projects as well as the supervision of both undergraduate, masters and doctoral research projects. 

His research interest focuses on population & health, statistical methods, spatial epidemiology, and economics of higher education. François Niragire has recently published in Plos One, Geospatial health, Global Health Action, and Cities and Health scientific journals. 

Dr. Niragire also provides consultancy services to diversified clients including public and private institutions, and nongovernmental Organizations. 

Dr. Niragire strives for transforming data into useful information and believes that computer programming is key to the analysis of big data.

Areas of research

- Methods of Applied statistics 
- Spatial modeling of health and social data
- Child and maternal health
- Economics of education 


  1. Semakula M., Niragire F., Faes C. (2020). Bayesian spatio-temporal modelling of malaria risk in Rwanda. PLoS ONE 15(9) : e0238504., https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0238504 
  2. Uwizeye D., Irambeshya A. , Simeon Wiehler S., and Niragire F. (2020) : Poverty profile and efforts to access basic household needs in an emerging city : a mixed-method study in Kigali’s informal urban settlements, Rwanda, Cities & Health,. https://doi.org/10.1080/23748834.2020.1764301 
  3. Ntampaka, P., Nyaga, P.N., Niragire, F., Gathumbi,J.K., and Tukei, M., (2019). Knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding rabies and its control among dog owners in Kigali city, Rwanda. PloS ONE, Vol.14, No. 8 : e0210044., doi : https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0210044
  4. Niragire, F., Achia, T. N. O., Lyambabaje A. and Ntaganira, J., (2017). Child mortality inequalities across Rwanda districts : a geoadditive continuous-time survival analysis, Geospatial Health, Vol. 12, No 1,36-47, doi:10.4081/gh.2017.450. https://www.geospatialhealth.net/index.php/gh/article/view/450/525 
  5. Niragire F. and Nshimyiryo A., (2017). “Determinants of increasing duration of first unemployment among first degree holders in Rwanda : a logistic regression analysis”, Journal of Education and Work, Vol. 30:3, 235-248, doi : 10.1080/13639080.2016.1165343 
  6. Niragire, F., Achia, T. N. O., Lyambabaje A. and Ntaganira, J., (2015). “Bayesian mapping of HIV infection among women in Rwanda”, PloS ONE, Vol.10 : 3 : e0119944, doi : 10.1371/journal.pone.0119944. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0119944 


  1. Ntegereze P. and Niragire F., (2015). Analysis of Causes of Physical Domestic Violence against Women in Huye District of Rwanda, International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications, Vol. 5 : 5. ISSN 2250-3153


  1. Babatunde, A., Nyasulu, P., Maseko, F., Adedini, S., Akinyemi, J., Afolabi, S., De Wet, N., Sulaimon, A., Sambai, C., Utembe W., Opiyo, R., Awotidebe, T., Chirwa, E., Nabakwe, E., Niragire,F., Uwizeye, D., Niwemahoro, C., Kamndaya, M., Victoria Mwakalinga, V. and Otwombe, K., (2014). Sharing perspectives and experiences of doctoral fellows in the first cohort of Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa : 2011-2014, Global Health Action, Vol.7 : 25127.



  1. Niragire F., Wangombe A. and Achia T. N. O., (2011). Use of the shared frailty model to identify the determinants of child mortality in Rwanda, Rwanda Journal, Series C, Vol. 20, 2011, pp.89-105. https://www.ajol.info/index.php/rj/article/view/66521 


  1. Masanja, N.L. De Silva, D. Uwizeye and F. Niragire, 2011. Empowering Women in Research and Ph.D Training : The Case of the National University of Rwanda”, pp. 71, Nostra, Stockholm, Sweden, ISBN : 978-91-978436-5-2


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