Fellows & Grantees

Kigambo Gaaki

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Fellowship 2020
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Institutional Affiliation (at time of award)
PhD Student, Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of Cape Town


Gaaki Kigambo is a prospective PhD student in media studies at the University of Cape Town. He holds a Master of Journalism from Carleton University, Canada and a Bachelor of Arts with Education from Makerere University, Uganda where he has previously tutored on the Postgraduate Diploma in Investigative Journalism.
He has been a journalist since 2001 and has reported for major publications in Uganda and East Africa; covering politics, current affairs, armed cross-border conflict, refugee and humanitarian crises, education, literature, society, and the performing arts. 
Kigambo’s research interests cover mainly print media, journalism, and communication, the intersection of media, politics and conflict, as well as media, elections, and representation. His proposed doctoral research is titled “Mediating Contentious Politics in Hybrid Regimes: Press Coverage of Political Protests in Uganda.” It aims to interrogate how media cover protests in socio-political contexts where both open expression of mobilized dissent and media coverage of it are circumscribed.