Jacinta Victoria Syombua Muinde

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Current work

Dr Muinde is currently working as part of the ERC Starting Grant project titled “Universal Health Coverage and the Public Good in Africa: An Anthropological Study” led by Ruth Prince. Her research focuses on Kenya and explores the intersection of social protection and welfare projects, specifically Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and Cash Transfers (CTs) implemented recently by the government of Kenya. She investigates the everyday realities of how people engage with Universal Health Coverage and Cash Transfer schemes: what notions these engender including conceptions of the state and citizenship; imaginations and negotiations of obligations/responsibility; and what new forms of solidarity can result from these. Her ethnographic project also explores how the interaction between state and non-state healthcare schemes, and informal and kin networks of care in a matrilineal context in Kenya South Coast contribute to the ways healthcare is assumed, embodied and contested in the local context. 


Dr Muinde read anthropology as an undergraduate at Maseno University in Kenya, and studied both MPhil and PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. Her doctoral research (awarded the Royal Anthropological Institute's Sutasoma Award and The Audrey Richards Prize by the ASAUK (African Studies Association of the UK) explored how cash transfer schemes in a matrilineal and Islamic context in the Kenya South Coast informed women’s economic lives and their narratives of ill health, impacted on gender relations and contributed to kin-making relations. Her previous work investigated the history of poverty interventions and the emergence of cash transfer schemes as a new ‘welfare’ intervention in Kenya. 

Research interests

Welfare; medical anthropology; public health; global health; humanitarianism; the state; citizenship; gender; kinship; economic anthropology; historical anthropology; Kenya; East Africa.


  • Royal Anthropological Institute's Sutasoma Award for outstanding PhD research 
  • The Audrey Richards Prize by the ASAUK (African Studies Association of the UK) for the best PhD dissertation in African Studies



Published Oct. 10, 2018 10:38 AM - Last modified Jan. 23, 2021 2:41 PM