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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)

State formation on the African continent
How and why digital media matter to contemporary politics


Stephanie Diepeveen is a postdoctoral research associate with the Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR), in the thematic area  Digital media, Voice and Power. 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 is currently involved in taking forward the CGHR's work in this area, through foundational reserach into the role of communication in state formation on the African continent. Her independent research is regionally focused on Eastern Africa and empirically grounded, focusing on the relationship between everyday publics, political authority and digital media. Her work draws on the political thought of Hannah Arendt to explore how and why digital media matter to contemporary politics.


Key publications: 

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
 Stephanie  Diepeveen

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