Barrack Muluka

Politics and International Relations PhD student, University of Leicester

Barrack holds a Master of Arts Degree in Armed Conflict and Peace Studies, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Mass Communications and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Linguistics, all from the University of Nairobi.

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Research Interests

Barrack's research interests include:

  • migration studies
  • human settlement
  • citizenship laws and rights
  • refugee studies, and protection of refugees and other displaced populations

He is also a researcher in Communications and Peace and is presently the Head of the Africa Governance, Leadership and Management Secretariat at the Kenya Institute of Management.

PhD Research

Barrack's study centres on forced migration and the dialectic of return. Following the conclusion of armed conflict, people who were displaced from their homes during the violence will ordinarily be expected to go back.  Experience shows, however, that the displaced have often not only failed to return, but actually resisted going back to the places that were their homes before the violence that displaced them. This is despite the general understanding that their countries have now been restored to order and the displaced are encouraged, and sometimes even supported, to return home.

His research proposes to try to understand why there has been such resistance to return among displaced persons.  It further, proposes to use the example of Burundi refuges in the Great Lakes Region of Eastern Africa as a case study.

In particular, his purposes to focus on refugees who fled from Burundi to northwestern Tanzania during various waves of violent conflict and forced migration, over the period 1972 – 1993.


  • Beyond the Shadows of My Dream: Martin Oduor-Otieno, A Biography, EAEP, 2012
  • Challenging the Rulers (Co-ed with Okoth Okombo and Betty Sungura), E.A.E.P. 2012
  • The Doomed Conspiracy & Other Short Stories, EAEP, 2011
  • An Assessment of Cultural Methods of Peacemaking and Reconciliation in Selected Kenyan Communities (with George Gona), (A UNDP Project) 2009 – 2010
  • Mt. Elgon Conflict: A Rapid Assessment of the Underpinning Social-Economic, Governance and Security Factors,  (A UNDP/OCHA Project) 2009
  • Kandu and the Lake (a children's reader), EAEP. 2003
  • When Ogres Lived (a children's reader), EAEP 1997
  • Why Dog Left the Forest (a children's reader), EAEP 1996
  • Notes on African Short Stories, A Literature Guide for Students, Heinemann 1991
  • Tender Memories: An Anthology of Short Stories & Poems (with Arthur Luvai/Wanjiku Kabira), Heinemann 1989

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