Principal, College of Humanities and Social Sciences and former Dean, School of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University, Uganda. Prof Ahikire has over 20 years of teaching in the field of feminist theory, gender and politics, livelihood and cultural studies.

Her publications include the co-edited books Controlling Consent: Uganda’s 2016 Elections (2017) and Gender Poverty and Social Transformation: Reflections on Fractures and Continuities in Contemporary Uganda published (2014) and the monograph Localised or Localising Democracy: Gender and the Politics of Decentralisation in Contemporary Uganda (2007).

She is a member of the Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and is a participant in the Hub on Gender Justice and Security, coordinated by the London School of Economics and Political Science, as well as in the programmes on ‘Countering the Backlash against Gender Justice’ at the Institute of Development Studies and ‘Effective States in Development’ (ESID) at the University of Manchester, both in Britain.