Damarie Kalonzo

Damarie Kalonzo


I have been part of the School of Law Community since September 2015. I completed my LL.B in 2018 and LL.M in International Human Rights Law here in 2019. During my previous years of study, I was drawn to areas such as disability law, human rights and international law which heavily impacted my research interests and career path. Before starting my PhD, I worked as a Communications and Programmes Associate at Amnesty International Kenya where I conceptualised and implemented communication strategies for programmatic events and campaigns. Currently, I teach on the Constitutional Law and Researching Law modules.

Research interests

My research focuses on the experiences of women caring for children with disabilities in low-income settings. It aims to explore the legal and institutional barriers they may face when seeking social assistance. In particular, I explore which of these barriers are a result of the lasting legacy of colonial welfare ideologies, systems and mechanisms. Through this I hope to be able to model a responsive social care system which addresses the difficulties women caregivers from low-income backgrounds face.  I am also generally interested in social justice, human rights, disability rights and law, colonialism, and care. I use feminist thought; post-colonial and decolonial thought as lenses through which I approach my interests.


  • LLM International Human Rights (University of Leeds, 2019)
  • LLB Law (University of Leeds, 2018)

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Law and Social Justice