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Dr David Mwambari

Dr David Mwambari

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Lecturer in African Security and Leadership Studies

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Dr David Mwambari is a Lecturer in African Security and Leadership Studies at the African Leadership Centre. 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 was an assistant professor of international relations at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, United States International University, Africa in Nairobi, Kenya (2015-2017). 

In addition to academic research, David has worked as a consultant for multinational companies, such as the Royal Dutch Philips and international organisations, such as the Mastercard Foundation. He is a co-founder and board member of the local non-governmental organisation, Sanejo, which focuses on transformation education in post-conflict African societies in line with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4.

Since 2019, he has been a member of the advisory board of the European Research Council (ERC)’s project on 'Globalised memorial museum: Exhibiting atrocities in the era of claims for moral universals', based at the Austrian Academy of Sciences.


  • Memory politics and peacebuilding in East and Central Africa

David's research seeks to contribute to three broad areas: 1) leadership, peacebuilding and security studies; 2) the politics of knowledge production in sensitive contexts; and 3) memory studies.

He has been a recipient of 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.