Prof. Elizabeth Bacwayo

Prof. Kukunda Elizabeth Bacwayo (PhD)

Phone: +256-794770813



Academic Appointments

  • Inter-University Council for East Africa Visiting Professor, Mzumbe University, Tanzania, April-July 2019.
  • Fulbright Scholar In Residence, Trinity Christian College (USA), 2014/5.
  • Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, Uganda Christian University, July 2012 to-date.
  • Post-Doctoral Researcher, Bergen University, Norway, July-Dec 2008.
  • Senior Lecturer, Uganda Christian University, January 2004- July 2012.
  • Part-time Lecturer, Department of Social Work and Social Administration, Makerere University, Kampala, 1998.

Fellowships, Grants, Honours and Awards

  • Makerere University Research and Innovations Funding 2020
  • Inter-University Council of East Africa Staff Mobility Fellowship 2019
  • Uganda Christian University Research Award, 2017
  • Fulbright Scholarship Award (2014-15)
  • Uganda Christian University Research Award 2010
  • Nile Basin Research Scholar Award (Nile Basin Research Programme- Bergen University) July 2008- Dec 2008
  • PhD Scholarship Award (New Zealand Government) 1998-2002
  • Masters’ Scholarship Award (Australian Government) 1993-1994
  • Uganda Government Scholarship Award for Bachelor’s degree 1987-1990

PhD (Development Studies) Massey University- New Zealand, May 2003.

Dissertation: The Quest for Efficiency: Role of Human Resource Management in Public Sector Reforms: A case of Uganda.

Masters in Development Administration, Australian National University, January 1995.

Dissertation: Women and AIDS: Policy Issues in Uganda.

Graduate Diploma in Development Administration (with distinction) Australian National University, January 1994.

A (Social Work and Social Administration) Hons. Makerere University Kampala, January 1991.

Dissertation: Teenage Pregnancy among Secondary School Girls in Bushenyi District.

Certificate in Selected Studies, Bible College of New Zealand, Manawatu Centre, Palmerston North, December 2003.


Administrative Appointments
  • Dean, School of Research and Post-Graduate Studies, Uganda Christian University, October 2015 to-date.
  • Acting Dean, School of Research and Post-Graduate Studies, Uganda Christian University, August -September 2015.
  • Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Uganda Christian University, Sept 2010- June 2014
  • Head of Department Development Studies Uganda Christian University, Sept. 2004- Aug. 2010.
  • Office Administrator, Centre for Basic Research, Kampala, 1996-8.
  • Office Manager/Projects Assistant Sunshine Projects Limited, 1995.
  • Administrative Officer, Ministry of Health – Health Education Division/Health Education Network, 1991-2.
  • Administrative Officer, Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs in Uganda, 1991.


Agunyo, M.F., Bacwayo, K.E. and Kizza-Nkambwe, S. (2020) ‘Assessment of the socio-cultural viability of integrated waste-to-energy systems for Uganda’, Int. J. Renewable Energy Technology, Vol. 11, No. 3, pp.272–294.

Bacwayo, K. E., Nampala, P. and Oteyo, I. N. (2017) Challenges and Opportunities Associated with Supervising Graduate Students Enrolled in African Universities, International Journal of Education and Practice, 5 (3), 29-39.

Namirembe S., Leimona B., van Noordwijk M., Bernard F. and Bacwayo K. E. (2014) “Co-investment Paradigms as Alternatives to Payments for Tree-based Ecosystem Services in Africa” in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability Vol. 6; 89-97.


Basamba T. A., Mayanja C., Kiiza B., Nakileza B., Matsiko F., Nyende P., Bacwayo K. E., Tumushabe A. and Ssekabira K., (2016) “Enhancing Adoption of Agroforestry in the Eastern Agro-Ecological Zone of Uganda” in International Journal of Ecological Science and Environmental Engineering; 3(1): 20-31.

Bacwayo K. E. (2010) “Private Higher Education in Uganda: Implications for Equity, Access, Knowledge Creation and Research” in K. B. Alemu, T. Halvorsen, and M. Mwiandi (Eds.), Reshaping Research University in the Nile Basin Countries, Fountain Publishers, Kampala.

Basamba T. A., Kiiza B., Mayanja C., Nakileza B., Matsiko F., Nyende P. and Bacwayo K. E. (2012), “Linking Markets to Smallholder Agro-forestry Farmers as a Strategy for Poverty Alleviation in the Tropics” Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology (2012) 329-338

Muriisa R. K. and Bacwayo K. E. (2010), “University Education in Uganda: A Situational Overview”, in K. B. Alemu, T. Halvorsen, and M. Mwiandi (Eds.), Shaping Research Universities in the Nile Basin Countries, Fountain Publishers, Kampala.

Bacwayo K. E. (2010) “Privatisation of Service Delivery and Its Impact on Uganda’s Attainment of the 7th MDG”, The African Symposium, Vol. 10 (2) Dec.

  • PI -Uganda Christian University funding project for Work Place Breastfeeding Facility and Work Performance Among Lactating Mothers in Employment Institutions 2017-18.
  • PI- Private Higher Education: Implications for Knowledge Creation and Research- Uganda 2013-14
  • Co-PI on Makerere Research and Innovations Funding Project for “Creating an Inter-University Research and Innovation Community for Early Career Researchers in Uganda” (IRIC-ECRU) (June 2020-June 2021)
  • Research Co-investigator – Enhancing Adoption of Agro forestry Technologies in Eastern Agro-Ecological Zone – Uganda
Other Professional Work
  • 2020 to date -Board Member, Network for Education and Multidisciplinary Research Africa (NEMRA)
  • 2021- todate Mentor, Africhild Inter-University Research Training Programme.
  • 2019 to date Board Member, Nile High School, Mukono.
  • 2018 to-date Facilitator at Partnership for Africa Social and Governance Research (PASGR) Pedagogical Leadership Workshops
  • May 2020 -External reviewer for selection of scholarship applicants for the Global Partnership Network, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kassel
  • 2018 – Lead Researcher Consultant Gender Assessment of Uganda For Uganda Women’s Network (UWONET)
  • 2006-2014 – Member of Uganda Christian University Council.
  • 2017 – National Lead Trainer – Testing of Participatory Learning Approach: Guide for Improved Maternal Testing in Buikwe District- WHO/UNAIDS.
  • 2012- 2018 -External Examiner, Makerere University, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Bishop Stuart University, Department of Development Studies and Kyambogo University; Department of graduate Studies.
  • 2018 to date Executive member of the Uganda Development Studies Association
  • 2005-2012 -Executive member of the National Association of Social Workers in Uganda
  • 2011- to date -Steering Committee member for the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research’s (PASGR) Collaborative Masters Of Research And Public Policy (MRPP)
  • 2011-12 – Member of Partnership for African Social and Governance Research Steering Committee and Working Group for Master of Research in Public Policy Curriculum Development
  • 2011-2015 – Member of All Saints Cathedral Kampala Council and Finance Committee
  • Member of several committees and boards at Uganda Christian University including; Student Affairs Board, Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice Chancellor Search Committee, Students Disciplinary Committee, Curriculum Review Committee, Administrative Review Committee, Strategic Plan Review Committee.
  • Member of the Honours College Mentorship programme
  • Member of the Society for International Development.
  • Consultant for UNDP for selection of MDP villages in Eastern and part of Northern Uganda 2008 and in Western and Northern Uganda 2009.
  • Consultant facilitating an evaluation workshop for the Strategic plan for Health and HIV/AIDS for the Anglican Church of Congo.
  • Consultant facilitating a workshop for formulating a Strategic Plan for Health/HIV for the Province of the Anglican Church of Congo.