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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)

Darwin College


Stephanie Diepeveen is a Research Associate in the Bennett Institute for Public Policy. Previously, she was Deputy Director and Research Associate in the Centre of Governance and Human Rights. She has a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Cambridge, an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge, and a BAH in History and Global Development Studies from Queen’s University, Canada. Dr Diepeveen has also worked as a research analyst at RAND Europe, focusing on policy-oriented research in the areas of research evaluation, institution building and social policy.


Dr Diepeveen’s current research interests focus on power in a digital age, predominantly looking from the African continent. Her current book manuscript explores the power and possibilities of constrained publics in the streets and on social media in Kenya, bringing them in conversation with Hannah Arendt’s writings on the public realm.


Key publications: 

Srinivasan, S., & Diepeveen, S. (2019). “Communication Technology and African Politics.” Encyclopaedia of African Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Diepeveen, S. (2019). “A familiar refrain: Political discourse and Facebook use in Mombasa, Kenya.” In M. Dwyer and T. Molony (Eds.), Social Media and Politics in Africa. London: Zed Books.

Diepeveen, S. (2019). “The limits of publicity: Facebook and the transformation of a public realm in Mombasa, Kenya.” Journal of Eastern African Studies, 13 (1), 158-174. 

Srinivasan, S., Diepeveen, S., & Karakwaivanane, G. (2019). “Publics in Africa in a Digital Age.” Journal of Eastern African Studies, 13 (1), 2-17.

Srinivasan, S., & Diepeveen, S. (2018). “The power of the ‘audience-public’: Interactive radio in Africa.” The International Journal of Press/Politics, 23 (3), 389-412. 

Diepeveen, S. (2016). ‘Politics in everyday Kenyan street-life: The people’s parliament in Mombasa, Kenya’. Journal of Eastern African Studies 10, no. 2: 266-283.

Rabinovich, L. and Diepeveen, S. (2015). ‘The Design of Conditional Cash Transfers: Experiences from Argentina's Universal Child Allowance’. Development Policy Review 33, no. 5: 637-652.

Diepeveen, S., Ling, T., Suhrcke, M., Roland, M. and Marteau, T. (2013). ‘Public acceptability of government intervention to change health-related behaviours: a systematic review and narrative synthesis’. BMC Public Health 13, no. 756.

Marjanovic, S., Hanlin, R., Diepeveen, S. and Chataway, J. (2012). ‘Research Capacity Building in Africa: Networks, Institutions and Local Ownership’. Journal of International Development 25, no. 7: 936-946.

Diepeveen, S. (2010). ‘“The Kenyas we don’t want”: Popular thought and high political manoeuvre over Constitutional Review in Kenya, c2002’. Journal of Modern African Studies 48, no. 2: 231-258.

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Bennett Institute for Public Policy (BIPP)
 Stephanie   Diepeveen

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