Grace Mbungu joined the IASS as a fellow and a PhD candidate in May 2016. Her PhD research focuses on the social dynamics of energy transitions. More specifically, it attempts to identify and contextualise the factors that hinder or support the adoption and sustainable use of clean, safe, efficient, and affordable cooking technologies and fuels. 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.
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. Before moving to Germany, Grace worked as an intern at Jubilee USA Network, in Washington D.C.; as a teaching and research assistant (Political Science Department), as a program assistant (Women's Center), and as a peer mentor and facilitator (Women´s Studies Program) at Bowling Green State University. She is also actively engaged with human rights and social justice issues and has volunteered at numerous organisations in Kenya, the USA, and Germany.