Meet the project team

The project has an International and Interdisciplinary Investigator Team within the social sciences. 

Principal investigator

Assistant Professor
School of Sociology and Social Policy,
University of Nottingham

Her research is mainly in the area of global sociology with a focus on migration, race and inequalities. She has extensive experience of undertaking research with migrant and refugee communities, both in the UK and in Zimbabwe. Questions about how migrants and refugees move from one place to another and who is rendered vulnerable or visible/invisible through policy and practice have emerged as a notable concern in this research, hence her interest in human trafficking. Her publications to date have been mainly driven by the concern to expose the ideological assumptions that frame discourses of inclusion and exclusion, and the extent to which they reveal hierarchies of human worth.

Roda brings experience as both Principal Investigator on multi-institutional funded research projects and Co-Investigator on a UKRI funded project to help displaced people in Zimbabwe fight COVID-19 and a BA funded project which looks at disabled refugee children’s inclusion and visibility in education in South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe. She has leadership capacity that will enable her to manage and guide the impact of this project.

Madziva, R. (2020). ‘Bordering through religion: A case study of Christians from the Muslim majority world seeking asylum in the UK’International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy 9(3): 47-60.

Walton, E., Mcintyre, J., Awidi, S.J., De Wet-billings, N., Dixon, K., Madziva, R., Monk, D., Nyoni, C., Thondhlana, J. and Wedekind, V. (2020). Compounded Exclusion: Education for Disabled Refugees in Sub-Saharan AfricaFrontiers in Education 5(47

Madziva, R. (2018). “Your name does not tick the box”: the intertwining of names, bodies, religion and nationality in the construction of identity within the UK asylum system, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 41 (5): 938-957.

Madziva, R. and Thondhlana, J. (2017). Provision of quality education in the context of Syrian children and young refugees in the UK: Opportunities and Challenges. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 47(6): 942-961.

Madziva, R., Simon McGrath and Juliet Thondhlana (2017).  Rethinking the employability of international graduate migrants: Reflections on the experiences of Zimbabweans with degrees from England, Journal of Further and Higher Education, 41(2): 238-259.

Madziva, R. and Lowndes, V. (2016). ‘When I look at this van, it’s not only a van’: Symbolic objects in the policing of migration, Journal of Critical Social Policy, 36(4): 672–692.

Madziva, R. (2016). Transnational parenthood and forced migration: the case of asylum-seeking parents who are forcibly separated from their families by immigration laws, Families, Relationships and Societies: An International journal of research and debate, 5(2): 281-297.

Madziva, R. (2015).  A gift exchange relationship? Reflections on doing qualitative research with vulnerable migrants, Families, Relationships and Societies: An International journal of research and debate, 4(3): 465-80.

Nottingham Co-Investigator

Associate Professor
School of Education,
University of Nottingham

Juliet is highly experienced in academic and impact work including engaging with IOM and Zimbabwean local NGOs on migration as well as working with Zimbabwean universities and government departments on the development of policy framework. As impact lead on the project she will leverage her existing relationships with relevant Zimbabwean NGOs and related government departments gained through previous and current work on refugees and human trafficking at Tongogara camp to help move the project forward more quickly and effectively particularly on issues relating to policy brief development as well as related impact activities.

In addition, she has extensive experience in the field of linguistics including sociolinguistics, communicative competencies in migration as well as the role of language as a tool for refugee integration and inclusion. This expertise will be beneficial to the project to seek how language can be used as an empowerment mechanism and intervention to enable refugees to meaningfully contribute to debates about their futures.

Additionally, she will be able to use recent experience on a British Academy funded writing workshop to support the journal article writing and publication processes in the partner countries.

Walton, E., Mcintyre, J., Awidi, S.J., De Wet-billings, N., Dixon, K., Madziva, R., Monk, D., Nyoni, C., Thondhlana, J. and Wedekind, V. (2020). Compounded Exclusion: Education for Disabled Refugees in Sub-Saharan AfricaFrontiers in Education 5(47

Thondhlana, J. and Madziva, R. 2018. English Language as an Integration Tool: The case of Syrian Refugees to the UK. In: Erling, E., ed., English across the Fracture Lines: the Contribution and Relevance of English to Security, Safety and Stability in the World. British Council. 63-71

Thondhlana, J. and Madziva, R., 2018. English Language as an Inclusion Tool: The case of Syrian refugee children in the UK. In K. Safford and L. Chamberlain, eds., Learning and Teaching Around the World: Comparative and International Studies in Primary Education. Oxford: Routledge. 76-83

Thondhlana, J., 2018. On becoming a skilled migrant: towards habitus transformation through higher educationEducational Review, pp.1-20.

Madziva, R. and Thondhlana, J., 2017. Provision of quality education in the context of Syrian refugee children in the UK: Opportunities and challengesCompare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education. 47(6), 942-961

Thondhlana, J., Madziva, R. and McGrath, S., 2016. Negotiating employability: migrant capitals and networking strategies for Zimbabwean highly skilled migrants in the UKThe Sociological Review 64(3), pp.575-592.

Madziva, R., McGrath, S. and Thondhlana, J., 2014. Communicating Employability: The Role of Communicative Competence for Zimbabwean Highly Skilled Migrants in the UK. Journal of International Migration and Integration. 17(1), 235-252

Zimbabwe Co-Investigator

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities,
Bindura University of Science Education

His research interests span migration, exploitation, child marriages and human trafficking fields. He has worked very closely in the field of combating human exploitation with such non-state actors as Love Justice Zimbabwe and Vukharani Trust and has been able to explore the realities of labour and sex trafficking in many Zimbabwean settings. Chamunogwa’s extensive experience in researching and working with non-state actors in combating human trafficking will be critical in driving forward this project. In this regard he will help the non-state actors to forge together in order to come up with a unified voice to lobby and engage with the government. Chamunogwa is a firm believer of human justice for all trafficked survivors and a campaigner to stop exploitation and trafficking. In this regard, he will be instrumental in bringing survivors to be active involvement in this project and other related research to end exploitation.

Nyoni C. Shirichena G. J., Njovu P., Nyoni C., Nyamaka L, Nyoni C. G. (2020) Evaluating the response to the scourge of Coronavirus pandemic in poor resourced countries: The case of Zimbabwe.  African Journal for Physical Activity and Health Sciences, 26 (2): 138-148.

Walton E., Mcintyre, J., Awidi, S.J., De Wet-billings, N., Dixon, K., Madziva, R., Monk, D., Nyoni, C., Thondhlana, J. and Wedekind, V. (2020). Compounded Exclusion: Education for Disabled Refugees in Sub-Saharan Africa. Frontiers in Education 5(47

Mabvurira V., Chigevenga R., Kambarami F., Chavhi R. and Nyoni C. (2017) Child Abuse Research in South Africa – The realities of children in prostitution in Zimbabwe: a case of Beitbridge and Plumtree border towns. Child Abuse Research in South Africa,18 (2): 68 – 76. .

Dodo O. and Nyoni C. (2016) Stepmother and Stepson Relationship Within the Shona People, Zimbabwe. Journal of Divorce and Marriage, 57 (8): 542-552.

Nyoni C. and Dodo O. Zimbabwe in Odekon M. The Sage Encyclopedia of World Poverty DOI:

Zimbabwe Research Fellow

Senior Lecturer and Dean
Faculty of Social and Gender Transformative Sciences,
Women’s University in Africa

His research interests are in gender related issues, child protection and welfare as well as youth studies. He uses his Sociology background to ask crucial and critical questions on how social norms shape child protection and welfare debates in an African context. His work on social norms as they relate to child protection seek to unravel those positive social practices that protect children while seeking to eliminate those norms endangering children. Innocent has researched and worked in multi-disciplinary research teams on issues including young people studies, child protection, gender and livelihoods. Innocent has worked on commissioned researches on children in Zimbabwe on behalf of UNICEF, Plan International, Save the Children and he brings this wealth of experience to the project. He is also a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Applied Human Sciences, University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

Magidi M. & Mahiya I.T. (2020): Rethinking training: the role of the informal sector in skills acquisition and development in Zimbabwe, Development Southern Africa, DOI: 10.1080/0376835X.2020.1799759

Nyatara K., Chiweshe M.K. and Mahiya I.T. (2019) Rural Women as Entrepreneurs in the Context of Patriarchy: Experiences of Female Entrepreneurs in Mudzi District, Zimbabwe. Africanus: Journal of Development Studies, 49(2)

Mahiya I.T. and Chabata T. (2019) Gender and energy poverty nexus in Mberengwa District, Zimbabwe. The African Journal of Women and Gender in Development, Vol 1, Harare WUA

Mahiya I.T. (2016) Urban Youth unemployment in the context of a multicurrency era in Zimbabwe. Commonwealth Youth and Development, 14 (2)