Takunda Chabata is the Chairperson for Social Sciences Department in the Faculty of Social and Gender Transformative Sciences. He has a wealth of teaching experience spanning a period of 10 years. He served as a Sociology Programme Coordinator since 2010 before his promotion to become the department chairperson. In 2013, Takunda Chabata won the Vice Chancellor inaugural Trophy for being the Best Lecturer in Teaching. He also received a scholarship to participate in the STEPS’s Summer School at the University of Sussex in the UK, in 2013, to train on different pathways to development. Takunda Chabata has presented academic papers locally and internationally in such countries such as South Africa, Kenya, China and America. He holds research interests in different sociological and anthropological areas, and has published on land, natural resources, culture and domestic work. He is also a founding member of YARA, a research network for youth researchers on African agriculture. He is also a member of OSSREA.


Education and Qualifications:

  • Master of Science Degree in Sociology and Social Anthropology, University of Zimbabwe
  • Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Sociology, University of Zimbabwe


Research Areas of Interest:

Land, Natural Resources, Gender and Culture


Selected Publications:

  • Chabata Takunda. “Insecure land tenure and natural resource use in post fast track era in Zimbabwe”, pp.198-211, in Kirk Helliker, Manase Chiweshe and Sandra Bhatasara. Political Economy of Livelihoods in Contemporary Zimbabwe, Taylor and Francis, London.
  • Chabata Takunda. 2012. “The Commercialisation of lobola in contemporary Zimbabwe: A double edged sword for women.” Buwa! Journal on African Women’s Experiences.
  • Chabata, Takunda. 2011. “Domestic Workers ‘Coping Strategies in Zimbabwe.” LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany.
  • Chida Tendekai, G and Chabata Takunda. 2016. The Role of Faith-Based Organisations in Emergency Humanitarian Aid: The Case of Celebration Church in Internal Harare Province. Business and Social Sciences Journal, vol. 1, no. 2. pp. 37-47.



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