Violet Murunga has more than 10 years of experience in public health research and practice as well as knowledge translation. She is currently a Senior Research and Policy Associate at AFIDEP, where she has been since 2011. She has managed and supported several research uptake projects and has extensive experience in research, using qualitative and quantitative methods including policy analysis, rapid evidence synthesis, packaging and communicating evidence, policy engagement and capacity building.
Between 2013 and 2017, Violet was M&E lead for the DFID funded Strengthening Use of Research in Decision Making in the Health Sector in Kenya and Malawi (Secure Health) programme. She also managed the NORAD funded Strengthening Use of Research Evidence for Adolescent and Youth SRH between 2013 and 2017.
Since 2016, Violet has been undertaking a four-year Ph.D. Fellowship under the Wellcome Trust funded Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science programme, on which AFIDEP is also an implementing partner. She is enrolled as an off-sight student at the University of Liverpool. Her research is exploring the knowledge translation practice, challenges, and gaps among African researchers and research institutions to inform capacity strengthening initiatives. She has published on factors influencing family planning decisions, research uptake, and policy implementation.
She holds a Master of Public Health (Epidemiology) from Florida International University, US and a Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) from University of Newcastle, Australia.