Cee Swakamisa


I am a first-year doctoral candidate at the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science.

My research aims to address the lack of academic or empirical study on how Faith-based Social Enterprises (FBSEs) can work effectively with religious communities, which are a distinctive source of spiritual, socio-economic, and political capital in Sub-Saharan Africa, and other local stakeholders to address the multidimensional nature of poverty and further the sustainable development of urban and rural communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Prior to arriving in Leeds, I graduated from Northumbria University’s MLaw programme and gained professional experience in the legal, higher education and third sectors.

Research interests

  • African Diaspora
  • Community Development
  • Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
  • Faith-based Organisations (FBOs)
  • Faith-based Social Entrepreneurship (FBSE) and alternative forms of Entrepreneurship
  • International Development and alternative development approaches
  • Multi-stakeholder Partnerships (MSPs)
  • Multidimensional Poverty (MP)
  • Qualitative Research Methods; Ethnography and Grounded Theory
  • Religion(s) and Development
  • Sustainable Development Goal 1: No Poverty (SDG1)


  • MLaw

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Religion and Public Life