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Dr David Mwambari

Subject Social Sciences
Fellow type By-Fellows
Year started 2019


David Mwambari is a Lecturer in African Security and Leadership Studies at the African Leadership Centre (ALC) in the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy at King’s College London (UK). He is also a By-Fellow at Churchill College Cambridge University for the academic year 2019-2020.

He was previously a Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Conflict and Development Studies at Ghent University, Belgium (2017-2019).

He is a core faculty at the Oxford Consortium on Human Rights. He was previously an assistant professor of international relations at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, United States International University–Africa (Nairobi). He has also taught at Shawnee State University (Portsmouth, OH, USA) as a visiting assistant professor of international relations (2010–2011), has served as a teaching assistant at Syracuse University (2008–2010), and as a tutor at La Trobe University (2011–2012). He has given lectures, presented at numerous conferences and published scholarly works and award winning poetry in academic and non-academic forums globally. His publications have appeared in peer reviewed journals including International Journal of Qualitative Methods, African Conflict & Peacebuilding Review, Memory Studies, The Journal Leadership of Leadership and Developing Societies and chapters in edited volumes and policy reports. He is currently completing two manuscripts under contracts (one being a co-edited volume). He has been a recipient of individual research grants and been part of research teams that received grants from International Development Research Centre (Canada), Carnegie Corporation of New York (USA), Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA (UK), FWO (Belgium), USIU-A (Kenya), CODESRIA (Senegal), and VLIR-UOS (Belgium). His work has won various awards including Nancy Millis Award for theses of exceptional merit at La Trobe University in Melbourne Australia. His current research focuses on Gender, Leadership and Peacebuilding, Memorialization in post-conflict and post-genocide African countries and politics of knowledge production.

Mwambari’s academic journey has led him to a multidisciplinary approach for his studies and work. He earned a BA and MA in international relations, both from United States International University–Africa, (2004–2009) and an MA in Pan African Studies from Syracuse University Syracuse, NY, USA, (2008–2010), and a PhD in History at the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce, Humanities and Social Sciences La Trobe University–Melbourne, Australia (2011–2015).

Mwambari has worked on peacebuilding initiatives and development projects in communities in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, North Uganda, and Rwanda. He has also worked with Somali, Burundian, Liberian, Nepalese and Sudanese refugee youth in New York and Melbourne cities. Mwambari is the visionary behind Sanejo, a young-professionals-led organization whose mission is to promote quality education in post-conflict countries. Among their accomplishments is a completed five-year project (2010–2015) that was inspired by Millennium Development Goals (MDG 2) that invested over USD $250,000 in a community school in Rwanda. After rehabilitation of the school and innovative teacher training programs the school ranks as number one in the district of Ruhango national primary exams 2016 and 2018. The public school has over 1,100 pupils enrolled annually.