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Prof. Rudo B. Gaidzanwa


Masters in Development Studies (Specialized in Agricultural & Rural Development and Labour), Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands,1981; Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sociology, University of Zimbabwe, 1978.

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Gender and extractivism,(namely, land and mining), Industrial, Occupational and Educational Sociology, Musicology

Faculty: Social And Behavioural Sciences
Department: Community and Social Development
Research Category: Behavioral Sciences

Professor Rudo Gaidzanwa is a Professor of Sociology in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Department of Community and Social Development. She has thirty five years' experience and has academic research interest in the fields of Sociology and Development Studies. She has published nationally and internationally in the areas of gender and extractivism, namely, land and mining. She is a feminist researcher and activist with special interest in gender, industrial, occupational and educational Sociology as well as musicology. She once served as Dean of Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

Phone: 263 242 303211 Ext14000

1. Gaidzanwa, R.B. (2001). Issues in Policy-Making in Southern Africa. Harare: SAPES Books
2. Gaidzanwa, R.B. (2001). Social Policy Options for Zimbabwe beyond 2007. Harare:UZ , Centre for Rural Development and Kellogg.
3. Gaidzanwa, R.B. ed., (2001). Speaking for ourselves: masculinities and femininities amongst students at the University of Zimbabwe. Harare: University of Zimbabwe, Affirmative Action Project.
4. Gaidzanwa, R.B. (1985). Images of women in Zimbabwe literature. Harare: College Press.
Articles, Book Chapters and Monographs
1. Gaidzanwa, R.B. and Manyeruke, C. (2010). Livelihoods situational analysis of University of Zimbabwe female students. Harare: Students Solidarity Trust.
2. Gaidzanwa, R.B. (2010). African Feminism: Rethinking approaches and reconsidering strategies. BUWA: A Journal on African Women’s Experiences 1(1).
3. Gaidzanwa, R.B. (2008). Academics at play: Leisure and recreation as processes of contesting, producing and reproducing intellectual, gender and institutional cultures at the University of Zimbabwe. Cape Town: AAU/UCT.
4. Gaidzanwa, R.B. (2008). Policy making in Zimbabwe’s social sectors: An analysis” in Gaidzanwa, R.B. (ed.). Processes and practices in policy making since 2000 in Zimbabwe (provisional title). Harare: Kellogg Foundation and Centre for Rural Development.
5. Gaidzanwa, R.B. (2007). Gender Issues in Post –Primary Education (PPE). Background Paper. Paris: ADEA/International Institute for Education and UNESCO.
6. Gaidzanwa, R.B. (2007). Academic Women: Building Human Capital at the University of Zimbabwe In: Assie-Lumumba, N.T. Reconceptualising gender-based human capabilities and Upgrading Human Rights to Knowledge. Abidjan, Cote d’voire: CEPARRED Pan African Series,
7. Gaidzanwa, R.B. (2006). Continuity and change in women’s Shona and Ndebele writing in Zimbabwe: A Gender Analysis. In Z. Mguni, M. Furusa & R. Magosvongwe. (Eds.). African Womanhood in Zimbabwe Literature: New Critical Perspectives on Women’s Literature, African Languages. Harare: College Press.
8. Gaidzanwa, R.B. (2006). Revitalizing the Women’s Movement in Southern Africa: A concept paper. Johannesburg: OSISA.
9. Gaidzanwa, R. B.(2005). Rethinking Gender Mainstreaming in the Era of Rights: A critical analysis of gender mainstreaming as a strategy for women’s empowerment. OPENSPACE Quarterly Journal of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa 1(1).
10. Gaidzanwa, R., (2004). Gender, women and electoral politics in Zimbabwe. Electoral Institute of Southern Africa Research Report No. 8, 2004.
11. Gaidzanwa, R., (2004). Emerging challenges in Zimbabwe's land reform programme. OSSREA Bulletin, 1(2) 39-54.
12. Gaidzanwa, R. B. (2001). Masculinities and Femininities at the University of Zimbabwe: Student perspectives and responses through the Affirmative Action project. Speaking for ourselves: masculinities and femininities amongst students at the University of Zimbabwe, Harare: UZ/AAP/Ford Foundation.
13. Gaidzanwa, R.B. (2001). Politics and the State in Southern Africa. Policy Making Issues in Southern Africa. Harare: SAPES Books
14. Gaidzanwa RB. (1999). Voting with their feet: Migrant Zimbabwean nurses and doctors in the era of structural adjustment. Uppsala, Sweden: Nordic Africa Institute.
15. Gaidzanwa, R. B. (1998). Family and Household Concepts in Creative Policy Making. Policy Making Issues in Southern Africa. Harare: SAPES Boo

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