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Politics and International RelationsPart of Economic, Social and Political SciencePostgraduate study

Ms Fiona Wairimu Ngarachu BA International Relations and Journalism, MSc Political Research

Postgraduate research student

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Ms Fiona Wairimu Ngarachu is Postgraduate research student within Politics & International Relations at the University of Southampton.

I am a graduate of International Relations and Journalism from the United States International University - Kenya and have acquired a master’s degree in Political Research from Strathclyde University in Scotland. I have four years of experience in research, program management, public relations and development and was recently involved as a lead researcher in a market assessment study for a HIV prevention technology that is in development - Microbicides. In addition I have worked as a consultant in refugee resettlement and as a UNV program officer working with the Kenya Ministry of information on a communication for development project.

I have also worked in as an Adjunct lecturer at the United States International University teaching refugee resettlement, program monitoring and evaluation as well as conference organization.

Research interests

Identity, HIV prevention, culture and development, transforming research into policy.

PhD research

Title: Why not ask the children? Understanding the perspectives of the youth on politics, identity and conflict in Kenya.

My project focuses on how youth identities are transforming in the Kenyan context. I am interested in the implications of their identity construction for the practice of citizenship and democracy in Kenya The questions of interest in my project are: How do the youth perceive and exercise their ethnic identity? How do they learn and develop their aspectival identities in their communities? How are they negotiating their daily lives? And what is the relationship between this construction and ethnic tension?

More importantly I seek to link my research to the wider debates on human security, which is not just about the absence of conflict but the livelihood and conditions under which citizens live, grow and develop. Tensions that exist between communities and ethnic groups undermine this. My research aims to investigate how these ethnic identities arise in the minds of the young, how they are socialized and the motives behind this socialization. More often than not, when ethnic tensions are combined with other factors, this leads to full blown conflict.

Supervisors: Dr John Glenn and  Professor David Owen

Funding: Caroline Thomas Memorial Scholarship

Tutor, PAIR 1003

Ms Fiona Wairimu Ngarachu
Politics & International Relations, Social Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom
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