Before joining UQ, Doreen worked as a journalist, project coordinator, and assistant researcher. She has published in academic journals on communication themes.

Research Interests:

  • Community radio
  • community radio and community development
  • development communication, Women and community radio
  • women’s rights
  • women empowerment


Bachelor of Mass Communication, African Nazarene University (Kenya) 

MA Mass Communication (specialising in Development Communication), University of Nairobi

Current Research Topic: Rural Community Radio for Women Empowerment in Kenya

The government of Kenya has been working towards bringing about social change, economic growth, human and political development to its people however, this has not been fully addressed. Gender discrimination has contributed to the slow growth of the country. Obstacles such as lack of information, illiteracy, and cultural barriers have hindered women empowerment in rural areas. Rural community radio is one method to relay information to empower women.  Recognising that there is a need to involve rural women in existing and potential development programs to foster empowerment, and that national government, county governments, and other agencies could provide more coordinated framework to reach out to all women to participate in the implementation of development programs, this research delves into the use of community radio as a tool of empowerment and social change.

Supervisors: Associate Professor Elske van de Fliert and Associate Professor Pradip Thomas


Busolo, D.N., & Ngigi, S., (2020) 'Mapping HIV/AIDS High Risk and Vulnerable People in Communities’ Most at Risk Population', International Journal of innovative Research and Development 9(5): 123-130.

Busolo, D., & Ngigi, S. (2020). Is national government a threat to devolved system of governance in Kenya? Public Policy and Administration Research, 10(7). https://doi.org/10.7176/PPAR/10-7-05

Ngigi, S., & Busolo, D. N. 'Devolution in Kenya: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly', Public Policy and Administration Research 9(6). doi:10.7176/PPAR (2019)

Busolo, D.N., and Ngigi, S., ‘Understanding Hate Speech in Kenya’, New Media and Mass Communication  70, 43-49 (2018)

Ngigi, S., and Busolo, D.N., ‘Behaviour Change Communication in Health Promotion: Best Practices and Promising Approaches,’ International Journal of Innovative Research & Development (7)9, 84-93 (2018)

Busolo, D.N., ‘Assessing Sustainability of Rural Community Radio in Kenya, a Case Study of Radio Mangelete’, New Media and Mass Communication, Vol.53, 23-32 (2016)

Conference Paper:

Busolo, D., van de Fliert, E., & Pradip, T. (2021). Community Radio a Safe Space for Women in the Slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Rethinking borders and boundaries:Beyond the global/local dichotomy in communication studies. Paper presented at the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Nairobi.