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Dr. Kabonesa Consolata

Associate Professor
Dr. Kabonesa Consolata

Rank: Associate Professor
Consolata Kabonesa is an Associate Professor at the School of Women and Gender Studies, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Makerere University, Uganda; and a National Gender Trainer; a Trainer of Trainers for Gender and Equity Budgeting; a National Recipient of the Educationists Medal; and a  former Dean of School of Women and Gender Studies. She has over 25 years of experience as a gender analyst, researcher and trainer, and facilitator in gender and related areas of agriculture and land, education, water, health, employment, climate change, gender budgeting, human rights, gender based violence, and Information Communication Technology. These areas are crucial in the promotion of human development and gender equality.


Ph.D.  Human and Community Development/ Gender Roles in International Development University of Illinois at Urbana –Champaign (UIUC), USA
MS. Human Resources and Family Studies/Gender Roles in International Development. University of Illinois, UIUC, USA,
Higher Diploma in Education University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
MA, Modern English & American Literature, University College Dublin, Ireland
BA (Hons), Liberal Arts, Stonehill College, North Easton, Mass., USA
Certificate in IT Essentials, Department of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University


PhD Level

Advanced Gender Research Methodology

Masters Level

Gender Identities and Social Representation  

Theoretical Perspectives in Gender and Development

Gender and Human Rights

Gender, Law and Human Rights

Gender Aware Economics – Gender Analysis of Development Finance

Peace, Gender and Conflict Transformation

Undergraduate level

Images of Women in Society

Gender Identities and Representation

Gender, the Law and Human Rights

Gender, Culture, and Society

Gender and Alternative Strategies for Development

Gender and Rural Development


International Conference on Africa 2015 and Beyond: The Future of Gender Studies, Research and Service, held 5th-7thNovember 2014 at Makerere University.


1. Principal Investigator PI – A Gender and Skills Gap Analysis for the Uptake of Business Technical Education and Training in Uganda (2020-June 2021). Funded under Makerere University Research and Innovations Fund Programme.
2. Team Leader Integration Gender Responsive Budgeting into University Programmes: Women and Gender Studies Curriculum. Funded by UNWomen through Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development.
3. Principal Investigator I — Enhancement of Gender Focused Research, Capacity Building of Women in Leadership and Gender Mainstreaming in Higher Education in Uganda. Supported by Sida and Makerere Institutional Development Programme (2015-2022). Capacity building Makerere, Kyambogo, Busitema,  and Gulu Universities; Mbarara University of Science and Technology and research
4. Principal Investigator– Social Sciences Component Water Sustainable Point Of Use Treatment Technologies (WATERSPOUTT) in Uganda. A Consortium of European Union Grant for ten universities and organisations implementing water technologies in Africa, South America, and Europe led by the University of Medicine and Health Sciences in Ireland.
5. Principal Investigator: Promoting Gender Responsive Budgeting/Gender mainstreaming through research and research dissemination, gender responsive policies and strengthening institutional and management capacities. Funded by the Austrian Development Corporation (2010-2013).
6. Principal Investigator for the Gender Component: Gender Budget Project for Northern Uganda Recovery, Reconstruction and Development (2012). Funded by the Japanese Government through UNDP.
7. Principal Investigator Effect of the Health Sector Reforms on Gender Relations and HIV/AIDS Prevention and Mitigation in Hoima and Kabarole districts (2005-2015). Funded by Sida
8. Research Affiliate: Health Leisure and Human Performance Research Institute, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, University Manitoba, Canada (2007-2012). Funded by CIDA.
9. Principal Investigator, Gender and Technology: Developing & Enhancing ICT Capacities for Teaching, Learning & Research. Funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York (2002-2012). Institutional

Selected Publications

1. Consolata Kabonesa, (2021). Changes and Transformations: Gender Responsive Budgeting in Education Sector in Uganda. In Margareta Espling and Victoria Mwaka (Eds).Gender and Socio-Economic Change: Everyday Lives of Women and Men in Uganda.
2. Consolata Kabonesa and Fredrick Kindi (2021). Women Empowerment and Petroleum Oil Production the Albertine Bunyoro Region. In Margareta Espling and Victoria Mwaka (Eds).Gender and Socio-Economic Change: Everyday Lives of Women and Men in Uganda.
3. Evelyn Lutwama-Rukundo, Consolata Kabonesa, May Sengendo, and Florence Ebila (2021). From the Lecture Hall to the Grassroots: Transformation of Ugandan Rural Communities by Graduates of the School of Women and Gender Studies. In Margareta Espling and Victoria Mwaka (Eds).Gender and Socio-Economic Change: Everyday Lives of Women and Men in Uganda.
4. Evelyn Lutwama-Rukundo, Consolata Kabonesa & Ruth Nsibirano (2018). “That’s My

Space: Ageing, Gender and Survival in Ugandan Theatre”in Pande Rekah and Van der Weide Theo (eds) Handbook of Research on Multicultural Perspectives on Gender and Aging. IGI Global: Hershey PA.

5. Bwanga, Kaase Elizabeth and Consolata Kabonesa(2016): Research Funding at Makerere University and its implications in Human Resource and Institutional Development: Does Gender Matter? In The Uganda Journal of Management and Public Policy Studies. Vol. 11. Number 1 November 2016. ISSN 2078-7049, Uganda Management Institute.
6. Bwanga, Kaase Elizabeth and Consolata Kabonesa (2016)Women in Academia Research Productivity, Career Advancement and its Implications on Institutional Development of Makerere University. Volume 10 Number 1 March 2016.  
7. Ronaldo Munck, Narathius Asingwire, Honor Fagan and Consolata Kabonesa (eds), 2015. Water and Development: Good Governance After Neoliberalism. Zed Books Ltd, London, UK
8. Consolata Kabonesa and Elizabeth Kaase-Bwanga (2014). Rethinking Leadership, Management and Career Advancement for 21st Century Deans in the Social Sciences and Humanities at Makerere University. JHEA/RESA Vol. 12, No 1, 2014, pp. 27-52.(ISSN 0851-7762).
9. Richard B. Asaba, G. Honor Fagan, Consolata Kabonesa, and Firminus Mugumya (2013).Beyond Distance and Time: Gender and the Burden of Water Collection in Rural Uganda. The Journal of Gender and Water: Vol. 2: Number 1 March2013. [ISSN 2167-2822 (Print), ISSN 2167-2830 (Online)].
10. Consolata Kabonesa and Fredrick Immanuel Kindi (2013). Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Pastoral Communities: Coping and Adaptive Strategies for Women and Men in Uganda, in M. Mulinge and M. Getu (eds.): Impact of Climate Change and Variability on Pastoralist Women in Sub-Saharan Africa, OSSREA & Fountain Publishers.(ISBN 978-9970-25-236-7).
11. Ruth Nsibirano and Consolata Kabonesa (2012). Gender Symbolism and Technology Uptake: A Literature Review in Rekha Pande and Theo P. Van der Weide (ed) Globalization, Technology diffusion and gender disparity: social impact of ICTs