Current Institutional Affiliation
Tutorial Fellow, Political Science and Public Administration, Moi University

Margaret Monyani is a doctoral candidate at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa pursuing a PhD in international relations. Her dissertation focuses on international migration regimes specifically the global dynamics associated with refugee governance from an African standpoint by exploring the livelihood situations of Somali women refugees in Nairobi, Kenya. She also holds a Master’s degree in international relations and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science (with first class honors) from Moi University, Kenya. She is currently a teaching assistant in the Department of International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She has also participated in various undergraduate courses ranging from national politics, international relations, gender, human rights, security and international migration taught in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Moi University. Monyani’s exemplary academic performance has earned her prestigious fellowships such as the Andrew Mellon Governing Intimacies Project (2019), Academy for African Urban Diversity Fellowship (2018), Erasmus Mundus International Credit Mobility Fellowship (2018), and Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Research Fellowships (2017, 2018, 2019). She is a versatile, upcoming scholar and author, with skills in execution of academic and policy research projects as well as leadership experience ranging from civil society to academic spheres. Monyani is also a research affiliate with the Refugee Law Initiative, University of London.

Award Information

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship 2019
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Political Science and Public Administration, University of the Witwatersrand
Implications of securitisation on the Human Security of Urban Somali Refugee Women in Nairobi, Kenya

Securitization regimes disempower and subdue the human agency of the less dominant in society especially women in speaking about their security needs. In migration contexts, such regimes make migrants subjects of state security discourses and institutional practices rather than persons at risk which in turn leads to considerable implications on their wellbeing and safety. This study explores how the Kenyan government has cultivated a 'securitised' migration to manage urban Somali refugee women resulting in critical ramifications on their individual and collective security. By employing a qualitative method which blends elements of feminist ethnography and phenomenological approaches, the study examines the critical links between the exclusionary refugee regime, the resultant structural vulnerabilities it produces, and the urban Somali refugee women's adaptive response to the seclusion. The researcher employs three criteria to build a coherent justification for the emerging themes; triangulation, phronesis and rich description.