Assoc. Prof. Kukunda Elizabeth Bacwayo

Dr. Kukunda Elizabeth Bacwayo is the Dean of the School of Research and Postgraduate Studies at Uganda Christian University. She currently holds the rank of Associate Professor of International Development in the discipline of Governance and Development. She holds a PhD, MA and Posgraduate Diploma in International Development Studies from Massey University (New Zealand) and The Australian National University. She also has a bachelor’s degree with honours in Social Work and Social Administration from Makerere University, among other academic attainments.

She has over 15 years of experience as a practitioner in international development, governance and service delivery and over 13 years’ experience in Higher Education.

Bacwayo joined Uganda Christian University as a Senior Lecturer in the Development Studies programme in January 2004. She has since served UCU in different capacities including as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Head of Department of Development Studies.

Dr. Bacwayo’s research and teaching interests are in the areas of gender and development, public sector reforms, human resource management, governance, higher education, participatory development, development economics, research methods, HIV/AIDS and service delivery in the context of sustainable international development.

She is a published researcher and has presented at national and international conferences. She also successfully conducted research consultancies for reputable organisations such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Her work experience has also seen her as a guest researcher at University of Bergen (Norway) and as a Fulbright Scholar in Residence at Trinity Christian College (USA).

She has also served UCU as a Senate Representative to the University Council (2006-2014) and Council’s Student Affairs Board as Vice Chairperson. 

Bacwayo has served on various university committees including the one that formulated and reviewed the University Strategic Plans, Staff Development Committee, Students Disciplinary Committee, Staff Promotions Committee, Doctoral Committee, Institutional Review Board, Search Committees for the VC and the DVCs, Admissions Committee, Graduate Board, Vice Chancellor’s cabinet, Curriculum Review Committee, University Senate, and Academic Management Committee.

Before joining Uganda Christian University, she served as a part-time lecturer at Makerere University and as an Administrator at the Centre for Basic Research and in the Uganda Public Service as an Administrative Officer.

Dr. Bacwayo is a member of All Saints Cathedral Kampala where she has served as a member of the Church Council in different roles.  She is a member of the Uganda Development Studies Association and served as an executive member of the National Association of Social Workers in Uganda. She is also a member of the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) Steering Committee for Master of Research and Public Policy and was a member of the working group that helped to develop its curriculum.

Contact Dr. Kukunda

Assoc. Prof. Kukunda Elizabeth Bacwayo
Dean, School of Research & Postgraduate Studies
Uganda Christian University
P. O. Box 4,
Mukono, Uganda.
Tel: +256-312350813
Mob: +256-794770813

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