Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Ndungi Wa Mungai

Dr Ndungi Mungai


Ndungi is a lecturer in Social work and has been at CSU since February 2010. He completed his PhD in 2011 at Deakin University, Victoria, titled: The Health and Well-being of Young Sudanese Men in Melbourne. Ndungi has also completed a BSc (agr.) (University of Nairobi); M Agr. Studies (University of Melbourne); BSW (University of Melbourne) and MSW (RMIT University, Melbourne). Ndungi has worked in a variety of social work setting including Research, Telephone Relationship counselling for men at Mensline Australia, Counsellor/Advocate in torture and trauma, Caseworker for asylum seekers, housing support worker, foster care field worker and locum worker at Centrelink. Recent publications include 'Rethinking Masculinities in the African Diaspora' in Migrant Men (2009) and 'Immortality is in your name' in Framing My Name (2010). Current research are immigrant settlement in country areas and human rights.

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Ndungi has taught Human Rights, Social Work Research methods and Social Work Theory and Practice.

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Research interests include working with migrant communities, masculinities and human rights. Ndungi's MSW research was on the needs of asylum seekers and his PhD focused on young Sudanese men settling in Melbourne. He has also participated in a team researching migrant masculinities.

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Selected publications

  • Mungai, N., Gidraph W. & Rush, E. (2014) The Challenges of Maintaining Social Work Ethics in Kenya, Ethics and Social Welfare, 8:2, 170-186.
  • Ndungi wa Mungai and Bob Pease (2009). Rethinking African Diaspora Masculinities. In M. Donaldson, R. Higgins, R. Howson and B. Pease (eds.), Migrant Men: Critical Studies of Masculinities and the Migration Experience, (pp. 96-115) Routledge, London.
  • Ndungi wa Mungai (2010) Immortality is in your name. In M. K. Kumar, S. Pattanayak and R. Johnson, Framing my name: Shifting educational boundaries,

Refereed conference papers

  • Ndungi wa Mungai (2008) Young Sudanese Men Experiences of Racism in Melbourne. African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific 31 st Conference: "Building a Common Future "Africa and Australasia" Victoria State Library, Melbourne Australia, 26-28 November 2008

Creative writing

  • Mungai, N. wa. (1997). Eat Tongue [Poem] in A. Lopata and C Mackenzie Eat Tongue, Victoria Writers Centre
  • Mungai, N. wa (1997). Short stories: Fighting for our Lands [Short Story] in A. Lopata and C Mackenzie Eat Tongue, Victoria Writers Centre


  • The Health and Well-Being of Sudanese Young Men in Melbourne (2008), Deakin University [Research], undertaking some revision for resubmission.
  • Issues Facing Asylum Seekers Without Income Support (Master of Social Work Thesis, RMIT University [Research] (2003).
  • The Use of Maize Silage in the Irrigated Pastures of Northern Victoria for Winter Milk Production (Minor Thesis in partial fulfilment of Master of Agricultural Studies)

Conference papers

  • Ndungi wa Mungai (2008). Intersectionality of Race, Gender and Class in the Health of Young Men from Sudan. 2008 Australian Association of Social Workers Strength in Unity Conference, Luna Park, Sydney, 9-12 November 2008.
  • Ndungi wa Mungai (2005). Masculinities and the Health of Young Refugee Males from Southern Sudan. 'Diversity in Health 2005: Its Everybody's Business' Conference at Hilton on the Park, Melbourne, 17-19 October 2005. Ndungi wa Mungai (2001). Issues Facing Asylum Seekers Without Income Support. Paper presented at the 27 th Australian Association of Social Workers National Conference 23-27 September 2001, Melbourne.
  • Nsubuga-Kyobe , A.S and wa Mungai, Ndungi (1998) Needs and Concerns of African Refugee Youth in Melbourne: Anecdotal Impressions. African Studies Association of Australia and Pacific Conference held at Cato Conference Centre, Hotel Y Melbourne 26-27 June 1998.

Magazine articles

  • Ndungi wa Mungai (2000). Homeless Asylum Seekers: Hidden and Vulnerable, Parity April 2000.

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