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Rebecca Hope Kuykendall

PhD student

Research interests

  • International development
  • Policy
  • Politics


Rebecca Hope Kuykendall is a PhD student in Leadership Studies with reference to Security and Development at the African Leadership Centre. She specialises in qualitative research methods, with an interdisciplinary background in Social Science, International Relations and Geography.

Rebecca holds a BA from Chapman University, MA in International Non-Governmental Organisations from Regent’s University London and a MSc in Risk Analysis from King’s College London. She has conducted research on palliative care policy, NGO governance and the East African digital economy.

Rebecca is a PLuS Alliance International Interdisciplinary Researcher. She contributes to intercollegiate projects addressing issues of social justice and ethical technology applications in partnership with academics from Arizona State University and the University of New South Wales.


Thesis title: 'Technology-driven development and the role of leadership in post-conflict societies'

Rebecca's research examines emerging technologies in the 21st-century African context and the role of leadership in public service delivery. She enjoys poetry and satirical contemporary art. 

PhD supervision

Further details

See Rebecca's research profile