Makena Micheni

Makena Micheni

PhD candidate

Department of International Relations

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About me

Born in Kenya and holding both Kenyan and British citizenship, holds a BA in Politics and International Relations from Lancaster University and a masters in Terrorism and Political Violence from St Andrews University. Currently living in London.

Has experience in countering violent extremism research. Previous work as a research intern at the Royal United Service Institute (RUSI) Nairobi on their Strengthening Resilience against Violent Extremism in the Horn of Africa (STRIVE) program. Currently works as a part time personal assistant to Professor Mary Kaldor CBE.

Research topic

Sub-Saharan terrorism/Political Violence, Ethnicity

My research aims to uncover the role of ethnicity in sub-Saharan terrorist groups. I employ qualitative research methods to explore the nuances associated with these two paradigms interact.

Academic supervisors

Dr Milli Lake
Professor Tomila Lankina


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Expertise Details

Sub-Saharan terrorism/Political Violence; Ethnicity