Bonfas Owinga’s research explores the relationship between civil society and the democratization process in Africa, particularly the role of advocacy groups in the process of democratic consolidation. His other areas of research interest include social movements, transnational forms of activism, inequality, and resistance, regime change, public policy and religion and politics in Africa.
He has contributed chapters in two edited books: Budget Transparency and Participation: Nine African Case Studies and the Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Non-Profit Associations. He has also published articles on civil society and democracy, social accountability, neoliberalism, political parties, and donor-civil society relations. He teaches courses on African Politics, Democratization in Africa, Social movements, NGOs and Civil Society in Africa, Global Governance, and Comparative Politics, among others. His current research examines Advocacy groups and popular disengagement in the process of democratic consolidation in Kenya and Zambia.