Dr. Godwin R. Murunga is the 7th Executive Secretary of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA). He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi and serves at CODESRIA on leave of absence. He is the immediate former Director of the African Leadership Centre (ALC) in Nairobi, a Centre launched in 2010 as a joint initiative of King’s College London and University of Nairobi. Dr. Murunga served at the ALC from 2010 to 2016 initially as Deputy Director and as a Trustee of the ALC Trust. He was a Visiting Professor, Global Institutes at King’s College London from 2013 to 2016. Previously, from 2006 to 2011, Dr. Murunga served as a member of the CODESRIA Executive Committee.
Dr. Murunga holds a BA and MA from Kenyatta University, Nairobi and an MA and Ph.D. in history from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, USA. He is joint editor with Anders Sjögren and Duncan Okello of Kenya: The Struggle for a New Constitutional Order published by Zed Books in Association with Nordic Africa Institute (2014) and co-editor with Shadrack Nasong’o of Kenya: Struggles for Democracy published by Zed Books in Association with CODESRIA (2007). His other studies include Spontaneous or Premeditated? Post-Election Violence in Kenya, Uppsala: Nordic Africa Institute Discussion Paper No. 57, 2011 and Africa Development, Vol. 33, No. 1, 2008 Special Issue on The Politics of Knowledge Production on Africa: Nurturing the Fourth Generation co-edited with Souleymane Bachir Diagne. He is co-editor of the South African based Journal of Contemporary African Studies.
Dr Murunga is a recipient of several research grants from CODESRIA, Ford Foundation, Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, Open Society Institute for Southern Africa, Heinrich Böll Foundation, International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and VD Stiftelsen Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. He was a visiting research fellow at the African Studies Centre of Oxford University in 2008 and at the Nordic Africa Institutes’ African Guest Researchers Fellowship in 2009. Dr. Murunga sits on the Board of Directors of the Kenya Human Rights Commission and was a co-opted Member of Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) Research Training and Capacity Development Committee from 2012-2014.
Dr. Murunga’s research work focuses primarily on urban history with a specific interest in colonial history of Nairobi. He also works on democratisation processes in Africa, Higher Education, masculinities in Africa and peace and security.