Professor Kirk Helliker

Helliker

From January 2018, Professor Helliker has taken up a position as a Research Professor in the Department. Professor Helliker is also Director of the Unit of Zimbabwean Studies at Rhodes University (see the Unit website under ‘Research’ on the department’s website).

BA (Honours), Rhodes University; MA, Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada); PhD, Rhodes University

E-mail: k.helliker@ru.ac.za
Teaching: Masters coursework
Research Interests: agrarian and land reform, urban and rural livelihoods, civil society and social movements, politics of emancipation

Profile
My main country focus is Zimbabwe. I supervise a large number of PhD and Master students (mainly Zimbabwean students). I spent nearly twenty years in Zimbabwe, including working in the field of rural development. I re-joined academic life in 2006. I am currently involved in research on the land occupations in Zimbabwe from the year 2000 onwards, as well as co-writing a book manuscript involving a comparative analysis of the first, second and third Chimurengas.

Research Output at Rhodes University

  • 19th Top Researcher at Rhodes University 2011 (number 5 in the Faculty of Humanities)
  • 9th Top Researcher at Rhodes University  2012 (number 2 in the Faculty of Humanities)
  • 8th Top Researcher at Rhodes University 2013 (number 1 in the Faculty of Humanities)
  • 22nd Top Researcher at Rhodes University 2014 (number 5 in the Faculty of Humanities)
  • 3rd Top Researcher at Rhodes University 2015 (number 2 in the Faculty of Humanities)
  • 4th Top Researcher at Rhodes University 2016 (number 2 in the Faculty of Humanities) 
  • 19th Top Researcher at Rhodes University 2017 (number 3 in the Faculty of Humanities)

Published Articles and Chapters 

  • Helliker, Kirk and Sandra Bhatasara “Inside the Land Occupations in Bindura District, Zimbabwe”.  African Studies Quarterly 18(1).
  • Helliker, Kirk and Lucien van der Walt (2018), “Politics at a distance from the state: radical, South African and Zimbabwean praxis today”, in Helliker, Kirk and Lucien van der Walt (eds.). Politics at a Distance from the State: Radical and African Perspectives. Routledge: London.
  • Alexander, Tarryn and Kirk Helliker (2018), “A feminist perspective on autonomism and commoning, with reference to Zimbabwe”, in Helliker, Kirk and Lucien van der Walt (eds.). Politics at a Distance from the State: Radical and African Perspectives. Routledge: London.
  • Bhatasara, Sandra, Chiweshe, Manase and Kirk Helliker (2018), “Introduction – Theorising the Political Economy of Livelihoods in Contemporary Zimbabwe”, in Helliker, Kirk, Chiweshe, Manase and Sandra Bhatasara (eds.). The Political Economy of Livelihoods in Zimbabwe. Routledge: London.
  • Takawira, Wadzanai and Kirk Helliker (2018), “Sex Work as a Livelihood Strategy in the Border Town of Beitbridge”, in Helliker, Kirk, Chiweshe, Manase and Sandra Bhatasara (eds.). The Political Economy of Livelihoods in Zimbabwe. Routledge: London.
  • Bhatasara, Sandra and Kirk Helliker (2018), “The party-state in the land occupations of Zimbabwe: the case of Shamva District”. Journal of Asian and African Studies 53(1).
  • Helliker, Kirk (2017), “‘We give off a lot of heat but not a lot of light’: NGOs and land advocacy in Zimbabwe from 1995 to 2005”, in S Matthews (ed.), NGOs and Social Justice in South Africa and beyond. Durban: UKZN Press.
  • Naidoo, Lalitha, Klerck, Gilton and Kirk Helliker (2017), “Resisting accumulation by dispossession: organisation and mobilisation by the rural poor in contemporary South Africa”, in D Kapoor (ed.), Against Colonization and Rural Dispossession. London: Zed Press.
  • Alexander, Tarryn and Kirk Helliker (2016), “El feminismo autónomo, el comunizar y las ocupaciones de tierra en Zimbawe”, Bajo el Volcán. 16(24).
  • Alexander, Tarryn and Kirk Helliker (2016), “A feminist perspective on autonomism and commoning, with reference to Zimbabwe”. Journal of Contemporary African Studies. 34(3).
  • Lucien van der Walt and Kirk Helliker (2016), “Politics at a distance from the state: radical, South African and Zimbabwean praxis today”. Journal of Contemporary African Studies. 34(3).
  • Chiweshe, Manase, Helliker, Kirk and Loveness Chakona (2015) “Patriarchy, women, land and livelihoods on A1 farms in Zimbabwe”, Journal of Asian and African Studies 50(6).
  • Helliker, Kirk (2014), “Politics and governance” in Paul Stewart and Johan Zaaiman (eds.), Sociology: A South African Introduction, Cape Town: Juta.
  • Helliker, Kirk and Peter Vale (2014), “South African Marxisms, past and present” in Peter Vale and Estelle Prinsloo (eds.), The New South Africa at Twenty: Critical Perspectives. Scottsville: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press.
  • Helliker, Kirk (2014), “Imagining civil society in Zimbabwe and ‘most of the world’” in Ebenezer Obadare (ed.), The Handbook of Civil Society in Africa, New York: Springer.
  • Helliker, Kirk, Hendricks, Fred and Lungisile Ntsebeza (2013), “Conference on ‘Land, Race and Nation in South Africa’, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, 19-22 June 2013”, Agrarian South 2(3).
  • Helliker, Kirk (2013), ‘Reproducing white commercial agriculture in South Africa” in Fred Hendricks, Lungisile Ntsebeza and Kirk Helliker (eds.). The Promise of Land: Undoing a Century of Dispossession in South Africa. Johannesburg: Jacana.
  • Hendricks, Fred, Lungisile Ntsebeza and Kirk Helliker (2013), “Land questions in South Africa” in Fred Hendricks, Lungisile Ntsebeza and Kirk Helliker (eds.). The Promise of Land: Undoing a Century of Dispossession in South Africa. Johannesburg: Jacana.
  • Hendricks, Fred, Lungisile Ntsebeza and Kirk Helliker (2013), “Colonial pasts and democratic futures in South Africa” in Fred Hendricks, Lungisile Ntsebeza and Kirk Helliker (eds.). The Promise of Land: Undoing a Century of Dispossession in South Africa. Johannesburg: Jacana.
  • Helliker, Kirk (2013), “NGOs and rural movements in contemporary South Africa”, Social Dynamics 39(2).
  • Helliker, Kirk (2013). “Civil society and state-centred struggles” in David Moore, Norma Kriger and Brian Raftopoulos (eds.). ‘Progress’ in Zimbabwe?  London: Routledge.
  • Helliker, Kirk and Peter Vale (2013), “Marxisms past and present”, Thesis Eleven 115(1)
  • Helliker, Kirk and Peter Vale (2012), “Radical thinking in South Africa’s age of retreat”, Journal of Asian and African Studies 47(4).
  • Helliker, Kirk (2012), “Civil society and state-centred struggles”, Journal of Contemporary African Studies 30(1).
  • Murisa, Tendai and Kirk Helliker (2011), “Contemporary rural realities” in Kirk Helliker and Tendai Murisa (eds.), Land Struggles and Civil Society in Southern Africa, New Jersey: Africa World Press.
  • Helliker, Kirk (2011), “Land reform and marginalised communities in the Eastern Cape countryside of post-apartheid South Africa” in Kirk Helliker and Tendai Murisa (eds.), Land Struggles and Civil Society in Southern Africa, New Jersey: Africa World Press.
  • Helliker, Kirk (2010), ‘The state of emancipation: with, within, without?”, Interface: A Journal for and about Social Movements 2(1).
  • Helliker, Kirk (2009), “Dancing around the same spot? Land reform and NGOs in Zimbabwe: the case of SOS Children’s Villages”, African Sociological Review 13(2).
  • Sadomba, Wilbert and Kirk Helliker (2009) “Transcending objectifications and dualisms: farm workers and civil society in contemporary Zimbabwe”, Journal of Asian and African Studies 45(2).
  • Helliker, Kirk (2008), “Dancing on the same spot: NGOs” in Sam Moyo, Kirk Helliker and Tendai Murisa (eds.), Contested Terrain: Land Reform and Civil Society in Contemporary Zimbabwe, Pietermaritzburg: SS Publishers.
  • Helliker, Kirk, Sam Moyo and Tendai Murisa (2008), “Introduction” in Sam Moyo, Kirk Helliker and Tendai Murisa (eds.), Contested Terrain: Land Reform and Civil Society in Contemporary Zimbabwe, Pietermaritzburg: SS Publishers.
  • Helliker, Kirk (2007), “Marx, Weber and NGOs”, South African Review of Sociology, 38(2).
  • Helliker, Kirk (2006), “Reclaiming the land” (review article), African Sociological Review, 9(2).
  • Helliker, Kirk (2005), “A lot of critical thinking and a few great women”, African Sociological Review, 8(1).
  • Helliker, Kirk (1987), “South African Marxist state theory: a critical overview”, Politikon 15(1).
  • Helliker Kirk, Andre Roux and Roland White (1987), “‘Asithengi!’: Recent consumer boycotts” in Southern African Research Service (ed.), South African Review 4. Johannesburg: Ravan Press.
  • Roux, Andre and Kirk Helliker (1986), “Voices from Rini: a survey of black attitudes towards a consumer boycott in Grahamstown”. Institute of Social and Economic Research Development Studies Working Paper No 23. Rhodes University. Grahamstown.
  • Bekker, Simon, Kirk Helliker and Eileen Lambie (1981), “Quality of life in Grahamstown, East London and Mdantsane: preliminary results”, South African Journal of Sociology. 12(1).

Published Books (author/editor)

  • Helliker, Kirk and Lucien van der Walt (eds.). (2018). Politics at a Distance from the State: Radical and African Perspectives. Routledge: London.
  • Helliker, Kirk, Chiweshe, Manase and Sandra Bhatasara (eds.). (2018). The Political Economy of Livelihoods in Zimbabwe. Routledge: London.
  • Fred Hendricks, Lungisile Ntsebeza and Kirk Helliker (eds.). (2013). The Promise of Land: Undoing a Century of Dispossession in South Africa, Johannesburg: Jacana.
  • Helliker, Kirk and Tendai Murisa (eds.) (2011), Land Struggles and Civil Society in Southern Africa, New Jersey: Africa World Press.
  • Moyo, Sam, Kirk Helliker and Tendai Murisa (eds.) (2008), Contested Terrain: Land Reform and Civil Society, Pietermaritzburg: SS Publishers.
  • Surplus Peoples Project Eastern Cape (1983), Forced Removals in South Africa:  the Eastern Cape Vol 2. Cape Town: Surplus People Project. 

PhD and Masters Students

  1. a.  Graduated Students

(Masters and PhD – sole supervisor unless otherwise indicated).

  • Delta Sivalo (2019)
    • A Sociological understanding of urban governance and social accountability:  the case of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe  
  • PHD Jonathan Mafukidze (20019)
    • Perspectives on land and water politics at Mushandike Irrigation Scheme, Masvingo, Zimbabwe.
  • MA Andile Daki (half thesis) (2019)
    • Understanding the experiences of Zimbabwean students as foreign students at South African Universities: The case of Rhodes University.
  • MA Kudakwashe Chingono (half thesis) (2019)
    • A critical analysis of A2 Fast Track Lowveld sugar cane farms in Zimbabwe in global value chains:  interrogating the lives of farmers and farm labourers.
  • MA Tafadzwa Sachikonye (half thesis) (2019)
    • A social capital analysis of citizen participation and service delivery in metropolitan government in Zimbabwe:  the case of Glenview, Harare since 2013. (co-supervision)
  • MA Agnes Sanyangore (half thesis) (2019)
    • A critical analysis of development NGO programmes in rural areas:  A case study of East Cape Agricultural Research Project in South Africa.
  • MA Jonis Ghedi Alasow (2019)
    • Popular politics in the rural Western Cape, South Africa:  a case study of Ruitersbos (co-supervision)
  • PhD Tafadzwa Chevo (2018)
    • Construction of livelihood strategies in urban areas: the case of households in Budiriro, Harare, Zimbabwe
  • MA Ncebakazi Makwetu (half thesis) (2018)
    • Urban protests and the ANC in contemporary South Africa
  • MA Patience Sibanda (half thesis) with distinction (2018)
    • A gender based analysis of the Amalima Programme in empowering married women within         households in rural Gwanda, Zimbabwe
  • MA Annette Manzira (half thesis) (2018)
    • The Power of Mysticism: Understanding Political Support for President Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe
  • PhD Bernard Mrewa (2017)
    • Aid agencies in land reform policymaking in Kenya
  • PhD Sipho Nkambule (2017)
    • Housing, households and social reproduction in urban South Africa – the case of eZamokuhle, Mpumalanga
  • PhD Gift Mwonzora (2017)
    • The quest for ‘good governance’ and democracy by political party institutions in Africa: a case of the Movement for Democratic Change in Zimbabwe 
  • MA Felix Tombindo (2017)
    • Landscapes, Land and Belonging among Tonga People in the Zambesi Valley, Zimbabwe
  • MA Ziyanda Ntantiso (2017)
    • Analysing social grants and poverty in Queenstown, Eastern Cape
  • PhD Tafara Marazi (2016)
    • An investigation into the survival strategies of the rural elderly in Zimbabwe: A case study of the Hobodo ward in Mangwe district 
  • PhD Robert Maseko (2016)
    • Being a black mine worker in South Africa: The case of Anglo Platinum Mine                               
  • PhD Takunda Chirau (2016)
    • Rural livelihood strategies of female headed households in former Bantustans of post-apartheid South Africa: The case of Cala, Eastern Cape Province
  • PhD Innocent Mahiya (2016)
    • A critical analysis of agricultural innovation platforms among small-scale farmers in Hwedza communal area, Zimbabwe
  • MA Rachel Gondo (2016)
    • A critical analysis of community participation at the primary level of the health system in Goromonzi District, Zimbabwe
  • MA Wadzanai Takawira (2016) with distinction
    • Sex work as a livelihood strategy in the border town of Beitbridge, Zimbabwe
  • PhD Sandra Bhatasara (2015)
    • Understanding climate variability and livelihoods adaptation in rural Zimbabwe: a case of Charewa, Mutoko
  • MA Adriana Mercadal-Barroso (2015)
    • Black identity and black inferiority amongst Rhodes University black students: a critical Fanonian perspective on black student identities 
  • MA Vimbai Chikukwa (2015)
    • Child support grant and poverty in Riebeek East, South Africa
  • MA Nonzuzo Mbokazi (2015) (half-thesis)
    • Land policy formation process in post-apartheid South Africa
  • MA Desmond Jaricha (2014)
    • The impact of decentralisation on land redistribution in the Eastern Cape
  • MA Allan Mushonga (2014)
    • Southern African AIDS Trust’s capacity-development model for organisations responding to HIV and AIDS in southern Africa
  • MA Ana Ndlovu (2014)
    • Mozambique state autonomy in the context of the international aid system and European Union budget support
  • MA Matsepo Motsetse (2014)
    • Child support grant and intra-household relations in KwaZulu-Natal South Africa
  • MA Siya Fobosi (2014)
    • Informal taxi industry in East London
  • MA Nomzamo Kheswa (2014) with distinction
    • Labour process on white commercial farms in South Africa
  • MA Kayla Knight (2014)
    • Rural development and NGOs in Matabeleland, Zimbabwe
  • MA Paidashe Chamuka (2014)
    • HIV and condom use among circumcised males in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • PhD Loveness Makonese (2013)
    • Coping with HIV and AIDS in marginal communities: a case study of Chivanhu settlement in Nemanwa, Masvingo, Zimbabwe
  • MA Sipho Nkambule (2013) 
    • Sustainable human settlement in housing: the case of Hlalani, South Africa
  • MA Takunda Chirau (2013) 
    • Livelihood strategies of urban women traders: the case of Magaba, Harare in Zimbabwe
  • MA Tendai Wapinduka (2013)
    • Rural livelihoods and adherence to HIV and AIDS antiretroviral therapy in Chivanhu settlement, Nemamwa Village in Masvingo District, Zimbabwe 
  • PhD Manase Chiweshe (2012)
    • Farm level institutions in emergent communities in post-fast track Zimbabwe: the case of Mazowe District
  • MA Tarryn Alexander (2012) with distinction
    • Smashing the crystal ball: post-structural insights associated with contemporary Anarchism and the revision of blueprint utopianism
  • MA Gayle Kasere (2102) 
    • Cash transfers and poverty reduction in South Africa: a case study of old age pensions
  • MA Loveness Chakona (2012) with distinction
    • Fast Track Land Reform Programme and women in Goromonzi District, Zimbabwe
  • MA Eddah Jowah (2010) with distinction 
    • Rural livelihoods and food security in the aftermath of the fast track land reform in Zimbabwe
  1. b.Current Students

PhD students

  • Praise Gandah
    • Water scarcity and adaptation strategies in contemporary Zimbabwe:  The case of Yorks resettlement area in Mberengwa District and Mabvuku in Harare.
  • Jagat Basnet [submitted thesis for examination]
    • A critical analysis of de-peasantisation processes in Nepal
  • Ncebakazi Makwetu
    • Biography of Clarence Makwetu and the PAC in South African history.
  • Bowden Mbanje (co-supervisor with Dr Sally Matthews)
    • The role of NGOs in an indigenized state economy: the case of Chegutu-Mhondoro-Ngezi-Zvimba Community Ownership Trusts, Zimbabwe
  • Annet Manzira
    • The Failure of Credentialism:  Re-imagining Economic Empowerment in Zimbabwe.                 
  • Tarryn Alexander
    • Decolonising the Curriculum at Eastern Cape Universities 
  • Loveness Chakona 
    • NGOs and food security in Zimbabwe 
  • Maphosa Mandlenkosi
    • A Critical Analysis of the Urban Food System, Urban Governance and Household Food Security in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
  • Rumbi Chitombi
    • Conditional cash transfers and empowerment: a case study from Somalia
  • Tendai Nciizah
    • Zimbabwe’s economic decline and land degradation: the case of Shurugwi district.
  • Hilary Nare
    • Economic insecurity, informal cross border trade and territorial controls along the Zimbabwe-South Africa border
  • Elinah Nciizah 
    • Drought and rural livelihoods in Zimbabwe’s semi-arid areas: a case study of Chivi District
  • Esteri Msindo
    • Housing struggles in Grahamstown, South Africa
  • Lalitha Naidoo
    • An analysis of the minimum wage in commercial agriculture in contemporary South Africa
  • Allan Mushonga
    • Theemergence and role of regional non-governmental organisations (RNGOs) in southern Africa: A sociological analysis of the framing, practice and value of the concept of being regional' in the response to the HIV andAIDS epidemic
  • Perpetua Chinomona
    • A comparative analysis of gendered relations in communal areas and A1 fast track farms in Zimbabwe
  • Shamiso Madzivire
    • A sociological understanding of the lived experiences of child brides in Mashonaland Central and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • Patience Chadambuka
    • The position of foreign ex-farm labourers after fast track in the communal areas of Shamva, Zimbabwe

Masters Students

  • Tariro Musiyandaka (half thesis)
    • Understanding the livelihoods of Zimbabwean informal traders in South Africa:  The case of Grahamstown (Makhanda)
  • Moreblessing Mavhika
    • The role played by NGOs in addressing HIV/AIDS in the context of gendered inequality:  The case of the Raphael Centre in Makhanda, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

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