Dr. Dorcas Kamuya


Wellcome Trust Society & Ethics Fellow, KEMRI, Wellcome Trust, Kilifi, Kenya

Dorcas is a Wellcome Trust Society & Ethics fellow, conducting empirical ethics research examining if and how communities could be engaged on complex ethical topics, with bio-banking as a case study. As a social science researcher in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC), her research interests span two interrelated areas: the value of community and public engagement in health research, evaluation of engagement approaches; ethical dilemmas for frontline research workers; and responsibilities of researchers and research institutions conducting research in resource-limited contexts. Dorcas is primarily based at the KEMRI- Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) in Kilifi, Kenya. She is a member of several collaborative initiatives including Global Health Bioethics Network, H3Africa Community Engagement working group, Africa Ethics Working Group (AEWG) on Neuro-ethics research, among others.

Dorcas’ research work is shared through a growing list of publications, presentations in many national and international meetings and conferences. Her PhD, awarded by the Open University, UK (2013), examined ethical dilemmas for frontline research staff. Dorcas has a Master in Public Health (health promotion) from London School of Hygiene and Tropical and a BSc. in Agricultural Economics from Egerton University, Kenya.