Alice Gathoni

Research Student


Alice is a full time PhD student at the Open University based at the Faculty of Education and Language Studies (FELS) where she is researching on “the role of online technologies in developing capabilities for youth with disabilities in higher education in Kenya”. She is one of four students recently recruited through the Strategic Research Area (SRA) in International Development and Innovation.

Alice has over fifteen years experience in education and service provision for young people with disabilities, having worked as a, special needs education: coordinator, lecturer, examiner, teacher, material developer and volunteer with community based organizations for people with disabilities in Kenya where she comes from.

Alice has been extensively involved in capacity building and sensitization on issues of disability, orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) and has presented in several forums.  She is also actively engaged in various activities in various special schools/units in Kenya, aimed at enhancing the well- being and education of students in these schools.

Alice has an MPhil from the University of Cambridge-UK (2013) where she researched on “transitions for youth with disabilities in Kenya” and was an International Ford foundation fellow (IFP) (2011-2013) under which she did her M.Ed. in education (Autism) at the University of Hawaii – Manoa, USA.  

Alice’s research interests include: education, transition, empowerment, well-being, resilience, and agency of young people with disabilities in developing countries, with a focus on the Capability Approach (CA) and inclusive innovation.