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 Researching Law Module.

Research interests

My research focuses on the experiences of women caring for children with disabilities in informal settlements. 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 carers from low-income backgrounds.  I am also generally interested in social justice, human rights, disability rights and law, colonialism, and care. I use feminist though; 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