Dr Cynthia Kamwengo


Dr Cynthia M. Kamwengo is an academic and policy analyst whose research focuses on the politics of global development and policy diffusion in the global South. She holds a PhD in Human Geography from Durham University and an MA in International Development from Flinders University. Prior to joining the MAC, Dr Kamwengo was the CDS Postdoctoral Fellow in International Development at the University of Bath where she conducted research on the politics of knowledge production, South-South cooperation and trilateral cooperation in African countries.  

Her current research project interrogates the strategies for cementing government trusteeship of the economy and shaping the public’s minds for development that the Zambian government has historically adopted from Commonwealth countries. The study also examines the source and impact of theories that suggest external actors are engaging in economic sabotage and the reasons non-alignment continues to influence how Zambia navigates tensions between Western countries and the East led by China and Russia. Expected outputs from the project include a book that will make conceptual contributions to the academic study of national identity, African agency and multilateralism.





Hackenesch, C., Kamwengo, C., Lacher, W. and van Staden, C. (2024) ‘No Sea Change: African Foreign Policies after Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine’, in Christine Hackenesch and Wolfram Lacher (eds), The Russia-Ukraine War’s Shockwaves in Africa. A Zeitenwende for German Africa Policy? Megatrends Working Paper 10, pp. 4-8, doi:10.18449/2024MTA-WP10.

Kamwengo, C. (2024) ‘Social Media Debates on Zambia’s Evolving Relations with the West and East. Trends and Implications’, Megatrends Policy Brief 21, doi:10.18449/2024MTA-PB21.

Haug, S. and Kamwengo, C.M. (2022) ‘Africa beyond South-South cooperation: A frame with limited resonance,’ Journal of International Development, pp. 1-17.

OECD (Piefer-Söyler, N. and Kamwengo, C. as lead authors) (2022) Triangular Cooperation with Africa, Paris: OECD Publishing.

Kamwengo, C. and Radley, B. (2022) The Why Africa Podcast: Rethinking Teaching and Research.

Kamwengo, C.M. (2019) ‘We need people like you: Reflections on identity and expectations in South-South Cooperation Research’, in E. Mawdsley, E. Fourie and W. Nauta (eds) Researching South-South Development Cooperation: The Politics of Knowledge Production, London: Routledge, pp.73-77.

Kamwengo, C. M. (2017) ‘China and Brazil as Southern Africa’s Non-Interfering Development Partners: Rhetoric or Reality?’ Journal of Southern African Studies, Vol. 43, No. 5, pp. 1087-1101.