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Lucy Wanjiku Mung’ala

PhD Researcher, University of Amsterdam

Lucy Wanjiku Mung’ala is a queer feminist with over 20 years of work experience combining programme design, research and management in international development. Her work focuses on community organising around gender justice, sexual and reproductive rights, and LGBTIQ+ activism. As of 2023, she is in the final year of her PhD in medical anthropology at the Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam. Her doctoral thesis explores the political and practical configurations of sexual and gender minorities through their everyday encounters with the global development apparatus in 21st-century Kenya. A summary of her research project can be accessed here:

Lucy also works for Hivos as the Strategy and Impact Lead for Gender Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. She holds graduate degrees in Gender and Development Studies from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and a Master of Public Health in International Health Development from the Royal Tropical Institute and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands.


  • –present
    PhD candidate, University of Amsterdam