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Beth Kamunge-Kpodo

Beth Kamunge-Kpodo
  • Deputy Director of the Law, Justice & Society Research Cluster
  • Coordinator of the Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship Scheme (2022/2023)

Areas of interest

  • Feminist approaches to Food and Environmental Justice
  • Feminist Legal Theories and Jurisprudence
  • Feminist approaches to Business and Human Rights
  • Socio-legal and empirical methodologies
  • Public Health Law and Human Rights
  • Epistemic injustice
  • Law and Race

Postgraduate supervision

Beth welcomes PhD applications that fall with her areas of interest.


Beth currently teaches on the following modules:

  • Land Law
  • Company Law
  • Law and Society
  • Legal Skills

Research centres and groups


Dr Beth Wangarĩ Kamunge-Kpodo is a socio-legal scholar of (Black)feminist approaches to food and environmental justice. Beth also has interests in debates around inequalities in knowledge production. Beth’s research and methodologies are necessarily inter-disciplinary, drawing from critical  insights in Law, Philosophy, Sociology, Human Geography and International Development. 

Beth read Law at the University of Sheffield (LL.B Hons.) where she was a holder of a prestigious Academic Merit scholarship for her full degree. Beth then proceeded to undertake an LL.M in Public International Law(Human Rights pathway) also at the University of Sheffield’s School of Law. Her LL.M research project evaluated the case for Women’s Rights Based Approaches to sustainable development  in the Horn of Africa.  Beth qualified for, and was called to the Bar in Kenya as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya  (currently non-practicing) having passed the Bar Training Course at the Kenya School of Law with Distinction. After 5 years of involvement in public interest litigation, and  research and advocacy work with Indigenous communities in Sub-Saharan Africa, Beth returned to academia for an empirical PhD at the University of Sheffield, that explored (Black)feminist conceptualisations of Food Justice and Rights. 

Prior to joining the University of Reading as a Lecturer in Law, Beth was a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Health, Law and Society in the  University of Bristol’s School of Law, where she had  also worked as a Teaching Fellow in Law  immediately after the award of her PhD.

Selected publications

Research outputs




  •  Invited keynote speaker, Cambridge University, Christ Church College (February 2019). Invite from Professor Sarah Radcliffe- Department of Geography
  • Invited keynote panellist, Reimagining a liberated curriculum, Festival of Liberated Curricula, Common Ground Oxford, Worcester College, University of Oxford (February 2019


  • Azeezat Johnson, Remi Joseph-Salisbury, & Beth Kamunge, (eds).  The Fire Now: anti-racist scholarship in times of explicit racial violence. (Zed Books 2018).


  • Invited panellist: Black Feminisms, Belonging and the Nation: Citizenship and Rights, Birmingham City University, (2017, March). Invite from Dr Lisa Palmer.
  • Beth KamungeRemi Joseph-Salisbury,  & Azeezat Johnson, ‘Changing our fates in The Fire Now’ in Azeezat Johnson, Remi Joseph-Salisbury, & Beth Kamunge (eds), The Fire Now: Anti-racist scholarship in times of explicit racial violence. (Zed Books 2018). (pp. 1-12)
  • Beth Kamunge, Wambui Mwangi,  & Osop Abdi Ali, ‘Writing in the Fire Now: Beth dialogues with Wambui and Osop’ in Azeezat Johnson, Remi Joseph-Salisbury, & Beth Kamunge (eds), The Fire Now: Anti-racist scholarship in times of explicit racial violence. (Zed Books 2018) (pp. 189-197)