Grace Mbungu joined the IASS in May 2016. Her research focuses on the social dynamics and dimensions of energy access and transitions towards sustainable energy for all, with a focus on the Global South. Grace holds a BA (Hons) in Political Science and Gender Studies as well as a master's in Public Administration (MPA) with a focus on human rights and international development from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA. She holds a Ph.D. (Magna cum Laude) from the University of Stuttgart. Her dissertation focused on the: "Factors that Enable or Hinder Sustained Access to Sustainable and Effective Cooking Energy Services: The Case of the Informal Settlement of Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya". Before joining the IASS, Grace worked as a junior researcher at DIALOGIK: Institute for Communication and Cooperation Research in Stuttgart, Germany, where she was part of a team tasked with identifying tools and instruments for better societal engagement in research and development. She is also actively involved with human rights and social justice issues and has volunteered at numerous organizations in Kenya, the USA, and Germany.