Dr. Christine Lwanga's research interests are focused on human rights principles, core values, objectives and related policy supporting sustainable development. 

Lwanga’s work highlights the role of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and UNESCO (1978) Declaration on Race and the Elimination of Racial Prejudice in advancing universal human rights. She puts emphasis on studying the complex and dynamic nature of human/ social problems, and root causes in addressing systemic racism and inter-related barriers, and on healing, the protection/ promotion of mental health and equitable human, social and economic development. She employs critical race and social theory, systems-based knowledge, post-modernism dialectical analysis, “self” in professional leadership coupled with impact evaluation. This work is positioned in transformative teaching/learning and participatory action research, decolonization, and social justice. 

Lwanga is a Professional Affiliate of Centre for Human Rights Research, U of Manitoba; and External Research Affiliate of Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa, Wilfrid Laurier University. 

Key concepts: equality of human dignity and worth, respect of diversity, equity, “self” and “others” in professional practice, mental health, praxis, social justice

Current research projects:

Lwanga is currently Co-Leading/ Managing a MITACS- BSI partnership – research, innovation and development project exploring and evaluating a human rights values centered practice theory and measurements of outcomes- with the goal to enhance the effectiveness of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) programs.


Migration, Identity and Oppression: An Inter-provincial Community Initiative Exploring and Addressing the Intersectionality of Oppression and Related Health, Social and Economic Costs. Lwanga, C., Hassan, O., Van De Merwe, C. (2019). In Facing the Change – Canada and the International Decade for People of African Descent – Part 1Canadian Diversity, Vol.16, No 3. pp. 53-57.

Challenging Racism Through Asset Mapping and Case Study Approaches: An Example from the African Descent Communities in Vancouver, BC. Aiyesa, R. , Kondrashov, O.(2019). In Facing the Change – Canada and the International Decade for People of African Descent – Part 1 Canadian Diversity Vol.16, No3.pp.49-52[1]. m8007.pdf [2] 

Oppression and Privilege as Two Sides of the Same Coin: Deconstructing Privilege to Initiate Processes that Support Recognizing Diversity as Resource by Juliana West and Christine Lwanga (2019) Part 2 Canadian Diversity Vol 16-No 4. -  

PhD. Thesis- C. S. K. Lwanga: 2016 - Social workers’ conceptualizations of spirituality as lived experience knowledge in professional practice. (PhD. Grounded theory research thesis). University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB. -     

Conference paper - Lwanga, C. S. 2010. Brian Ouellette: Canadian Pioneer Teacher of Spirituality in Social Work. Published at Canadian Society for Spirituality and Social Work (2010 Conference) -

MSW Research project report- Lwanga, C. S. K 2004. A critical case study on the meaning and role of “race” [identity and categorization] in human rights work. University of Regina, Regina, SK.


[1] A strong collaborator in initiating and writing this paper that was a part of the project I co-led however, chose not to be listed as a co-author.

[2] The first and second articles are accessible through this link.