Lecturer in African Security and Leadership Studies


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; and3) 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.

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