Dorcas Kamuya is a Wellcome Trust Society & Ethics fellow and current Head of the Health Systems and Research Ethics (HSRE) Department at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme. Her fellowship research is an empirical ethics 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 LMIC, her research interests span several interrelated areas: ethical and social-cultural issues around emerging technologies (biobanking, machine learning); the value of community and public engagement in health research; ethical dilemmas for frontline research workers; and responsibility of researchers and research institutions conducting research in resource-limited contexts. Dr. Kamuya is primarily based at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) in Kilifi, Kenya; is a member of several collaborative initiatives including Global Health Bioethics Network, Africa Ethics Working Group (AEWG) on Neuro-disability studies; International Association of Bioethics (IAB), among others.
Her research work is shared through a growing list of publications, presentations in many national and international meetings and conferences. She was awarded PhD by the Open University, UK (2013), which examined ethical dilemmas for frontline research staff; and her post-doctoral work supervised by Profs. Mike Parker and Sassy Molyneux aimed to unpack community and public engagement across the Wellcome Trust’s Africa and Asia Programmes (AAPs). She 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.