Hi, I’m Lucia Kula. An Academic, Lawyer, Mentor & Speaker.
There are many ways to contribute to change, and that responsibility is often a challenging task, nonetheless, it is how we approach these difficulties that makes the journey a fulfilling one. When you are committed to change, it is imperative that you are able to reflect on your own contributions, no matter how little they may seem. As a former refugee, as a Black, African, woman, it has always been necessary to assert my voice, to bring new considerations, notions, and narratives to legal scholarship, academic engagement, decolonisation, and more.
I actively encourage dialogue on migration, international legal scholarship, access and inclusion in Higher Education (HE), and decolonisation of public and private institutions. As an academic and consultant, my vision for BlackSpertise is to centre the lived experiences and voices of Black, and other marginalised people. It is about more than numbers, it focuses on lasting change beyond equality and diversity, i.e. equity and liberation.
“Make a difference about something other than yourselves.”– Toni Morrison
As an Angolan-Dutch academic and former refugee, I am passionate about including the voices of marginalised people where change needs to happen. In my teaching, and contributions for, The BBC, France24, NPO, Chatham House, Africa Research Institute, The UN, and more, I encourage an open and dynamic dialogue to include diverse perspectives and reflections on migration, law and gender, decolonisation, academic engagement, and more.
As an academic and consultant, I have worked with, and delivered workshops, seminars, and trainings for institutions and organisations such as SOAS University of London, Durham University, University of Liverpool, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Bath Spa University, University of Chester, Nottingham Trent University, The University of Essex, EU Delegation to Angola, Ondjango Feminista, Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy, Amnesty International, and more.
Expertise & Interests
International (refugee) law
Gender and Conflict
Regional focus: Angola (& PALOP), The Democratic Republic of the Congo, The Republic of the Congo, The United Kingdom, Portugal, and The Netherlands.
* Public & Private Sector
* Consultancy (short and long term)
* Media Appearances
* Public Speaking / Seminars
* Training / Workshops
* Research Projects
* Country Expertise Briefings