Professor Kirk Helliker

Professor Kirk Helliker is the Director of the Unit of Zimbabwean Studies and is a full-time lecturer in the Department of Sociology. He also is the current Head of the Department. His full profile can be seen under “people” on the main Sociology Department webpage. Under this particular profile, only his Zimbabwean work is highlighted.


Publications (since 2008)


Chiweshe, Manase, Kirk Helliker and Loveness Chakona (2014, published on-line), “Patriarchy, Women, Land and Livelihoods on A1 Farms in Zimbabwe”, Journal of Asian and African Studies.


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 (2012), “Civil Society and State-centred Struggles”, Journal of Contemporary African Studies 30(1). 


Helliker, Kirk (2009), “Dancing Around the Same Spot? Land Reform and NGOs in Zimbabwe –The Case of SOS Children’s Villages”, African Sociological Review13(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), 2008, 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), 2008, Contested Terrain: Land Reform and Civil Society in Contemporary Zimbabwe, Pietermaritzburg: SS Publishers.

Moyo, Sam. Helliker, Kirk and Murisa Tendai. eds (2008), Contested Terrain: Land Reform and Civil Society, Pietermaritzburg: SS Publishers.



PhD students – Graduated


Sandra Bhatasara (2015)

Understanding climate variability and livelihoods adaptation in rural Zimbabwe: a case of Charewa, Mutoko


Loveness Makonese (2013)
Coping with HIV and AIDS in marginal communities: a case study of Chivanhu settlement in Nemanwa, Masvingo, Zimbabwe

Manase Chiweshe (2012)
Farm level institutions in emergent communities in post-fast track Zimbabwe: the case of Mazowe District



Masters Students - Graduated


Kayla Knight (2014)
Development NGOs: Understanding Participatory Methods, Accountability and Effectiveness of World Vision in Zimbabwe with Specific Reference to Umzingwane District


Paidashe Chamuka (2014)
Understanding the Sexual Practices of Medically Circumcised Males in the Context of HIV and AIDS: A Study in Harare Zimbabwe


Takunda Chirau (2013) 

Understanding Livelihood Strategies of Urban Women Traders: A Case of Magaba, Harare in Zimbabwe


Tendai Wapinduka (2013)
Rural livelihoods and adherence to HIV and AIDS antiretroviral therapy in Chivanhu settlement, Nemamwa Village in Masvingo District, Zimbabwe


Loveness Chakona (2012)
Fast Track Land Reform Programme and women in Goromonzi District, Zimbabwe


Eddah Jowah (2010)
Rural livelihoods and food security in the aftermath of the fast track land reform in Zimbabwe



Current PhD Students


Loveness Chakona
NGOs and food security in Zimbabwe

Jonathan Mafukidze
Land and water politics at Mushandike Irrigation Scheme, Masvingo, Zimbabwe

Tafara Marazi
Survival strategies of the elderly in Zimbabwe: a case study of Bulilima District

Takunda Chabata
Rural livelihoods and natural resource utilisation in post-fast track Zimbabwe: the case of Sovelele Resettlement area

Innocent Mahiya 
Innovation platforms among small scale farmers in Murehwa, Zimbabwe

Tafadzwa Chevo
Construction of livelihood strategies in urban areas: the case of households in Budiriro, Harare, Zimbabwe

Gift Mwonzora
The quest for ‘good governance’ and democracy by political party institutions in Africa: a case of the Movement for Democratic Change in Zimbabwe               


Rumbi Chitombi

Conditional cash transfers and empowerment: a case study of Mutare Rural District, Zimbabwe


Patricia Pangeti

The impact of climate change on rural agriculture and sustainable development: the case of Masvingo Province in Zimbabwe


Elinah Nciizah

Drought and rural livelihoods in Zimbabwe’s semi-arid areas: a case study of Chivi District


Bowden Mjanje (co-supervisor with Dr Sally Matthews, Department of Politics)

The role of NGOs in an indigenized state economy: the case of Chegutu-Mhondoro-Ngezi-Zvimba Community Ownership Trusts, Zimbabwe


Liberty Bhebe

Statelessness in Zimbabwe


Delta Sivalo

State-led metropolitan governance and Rights Based Social Accountability: A case for citizen participation in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe



Registered Masters Students


Wadzanai Takawira
Sex in the simmering heat: sex work as a livelihood strategy in the border town of Chirundu, Zimbabwe

Felix Tombindo

Landscapes, Land and Belonging among white commercial farmers and A1 farmers in fast track in Zimbabwe


Rachel Gondo
Community participation in the health system in Goromonzi District, Zimbabwe


Joseph Mugaiwa

The role of farm group associations on A1 small-scale farms: the case of Zviyambe Farm, Hwedza, Zimbabwe


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