Kate joined the University of Cumbria in January 2017 where she has taught modules in Sociology, Research Methods, Globalisation, Culture and Communities, Crimes of the Powerful, Social Exclusion, Victims of Crime, Representations of Crime, Criminological Theory, and, an employability module on Social Science Professions. Kate’s has prior higher education teaching experience in various undergraduate and postgraduate modules in Development Studies, Sociology and Criminology.

Prior to becoming a full time academic Kate had an extensive career in the voluntary and community / non-governmental sector in the north and south of Ireland, England and Namibia. Kate has practiced in various roles from project worker to chief executive officer and several levels of management in between.  Kate has worked in prgrammes addressing issues including; domestic and sexual violence, race and gender discrimination, various forms of social exclusion, support for people in relation to mental health, HIV, and substance misuse. The experience Kate has amassed in this varied career inform her teaching and research. 

In addition to Kate’s practice track record, she has long involvement in volunteering - such as with prisoners, their families, young people affected by conflict - and activism, on a range of human rights issues, particularly those affecting women and girls.

Qualifications and memberships

In addition to undertaking doctoral research on a part time basis Kate has the following academic qualifications:

  • PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • PG Certificate Africa and International Development
  • PG Certificate Innovation and Improving Performance (Management)
  • MSc Social Administration and Policy
  • PG Diploma Social Administration and Policy
  • BSc (Hons) Community Youth Work

Kate became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2018 having previously been an Associate Fellow from 2016

Kate is a member of the British Society of Criminology and the Socio Legal Studies Association.

Academic and research interests

Kate is undertaking PhD research on women’s collective activism in post conflict societies, to challenge violence against women and girls. The research focuses specifically on relational agency in women’s activism through and post conflict. A fuller range of academic interests are indicated in Kate’s conference presentations and publications. 



Mukungu, K. and Kamwanyah, N.J. (2020) Gender-Based Violence: Victims, Activism and Namibia's Dual Justice Systems. In Davies, P. and Tapley, J. (eds.) Victimology: Research, policy and activism.  London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Mukungu, K. (2019) Building a Victim Centred GBV Activist Movement across Namibia.  Sister Namibia 31:2, pp. 16-18 

Mukungu, K. (2017) "How Can You Write About A Person Who Does Not Exist?": Rethinking pseudonymity and informed consent in life history research. Social Sciences, 6(3) 86

Mukungu, K. (2016) Review of ‘The Struggle for Food Sovereignty: Alternative Development and the Renewal of Peasant Societies Today’, Herrera, R. and Chi Lau, K. (eds) Journal of International Development, 28 (7), pp 1194–1195.

Mukungu, K. (2014) ‘Third Sector Commentary: A view on neo-liberalism of the sector’. North East Third Sector Research Group 2014 Digest Review, pp 31-34.

Mukungu, K. (2014) Sustaining Livelong H.I.V. Treatment in Namibia and Beyond.  Focus Magazine, Issue 94, p3 - 4.

Conference Papers

(2018)  Enforced mobility and criminalisation of women accessing abortion (with Carolyne James, Nicoletta Policek and Lula Mecinska) Paper Presented at the British Society of Criminology Conference, Birmingham City University, 3rd – 6th July, 2018 

(2018) Promoting and Assessing Student Led Learning. Paper Presented at the Learning and Teaching Fes, University of Cumbria, Lancaster, 6th June, 2018 (with undergraduate students Burns, K. Dixon, F. and Walker, N.)

(2018) Locating the Individual in Collective Activism to address Violence against Women in Post Conflict Contexts.  Paper Presented at the Women’s Paths Symposium, Women of the Global South and its Diasporas: Rights, Representation and Activism, University of Leeds, 5th June, 2018.

(2018) But What Do You Do When You Believe that the Law is Wrong?: Civil Disobedience in Pro-Choice Activism in Northern Ireland.  Paper Presented at the North East Crime Research Conference, York St. John University, York, England, 25th April, 2018.

(2018) Reforming Abortion Legislation in Northern Ireland; Threats, opportunities and political expediency.  Paper Presented at the Socio Legal Studies Conference, Bristol University, Bristol, England, 27th – 29th March, 2018. 

(2017) Challenging Violence against Women and Girls in Post-Conflict Settings: Learning from women activists.  Paper presented at the Second Annual, Global Status of Women and Girls Conference: Understanding, Defining, and Preventing Violence, Christopher Newport University, Virginia, USA, 24th – 26th March, 2017.

(2017) Acknowledging Participants in Research on Activism to End Violence against Women in Post Conflict Settings. Paper Presented at the University of Cumbria Interpersonal Violence Seminar Series, Carlisle, England, 6th December, 2017.

(2015) Grassroots Women’s Organising in the Global South. Paper presented to the Higher Education Innovation Fund events series Tackling Poverty and Inequality in the North East: learning from international practice for changing North East contexts, Newcastle, England, 29th April 2015.

(2015) Women’s Human Rights Activism in Divided Societies. Paper presented at the Human Rights, Transitional Justice and Peace Building Conference, University of Ulster, Belfast, 14th November 2015.

(2014) “No Namibian will die as a result of a shortage of funds”: sustaining lifelong HIV treatment. Paper presented at the Northumbria Research Conference, Newcastle upon Tyne, 21st May 2014

Recent external roles

External Validation Panel Member for the Social Sciences Degree Programme at Blackburn College (Lancaster University)

Gender Advisory Group Member for Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Domestic Violence Executive Forum Member for Gateshead

Mental Health Programme Board Member for Newcastle and Gateshead

Consultant for the Ministry of Health and Social Services in Namibia developing the National Alcohol Strategy and Policy (previoously, rather than recently)