School of Social and Political Science

Thabani Mutambasere

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Lecturer in African Studies and International Development

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Chrystal Macmillan Building

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15a George Square

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Research interests

Research interests

International development, African diasporas, migration and development, migration and mobility, humanitarianism, identity, citizenship in Africa, belonging, transnationalism (including religious transnationalism), diaspora political mobilisations, civil society, and social movements.

Topics interested in supervising

African diasporas (identity, belonging), transnationalism (including religious and political transnationalism), diaspora political mobilisations, migration and development. 

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I am a Lecturer in African Studies and International Development at the Centre of African Studies. My research interests include but are not limited to African diasporas, particularly how they contribute to their countries of origin via non-economic routes such as politics, development (charity), and humanitarianism. 

Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh, I worked on an ESRC/AHRC-funded project that sought to adopt an interdisciplinary perspective on food security to, firstly, further understand the role played by mobility and migration and, secondly, to better account for the influence of food norms and practices, or food cultures. 

I have also done work on displacement and social protection focussing specifically on the humanitarian-development nexus and how we can expand the inclusion of displaced people in social protection programmes or systems. Additionally, I have worked on projects investigating diaspora humanitarianism with a focus on the African diaspora.

I also spent a few years working as a practitioner in the international development sector specifically on governance and civic education.  


  • PhD International Development, University of Sussex
  • MSc Development Studies, SOAS, University of London
  • PG Diploma Development Studies, National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe
  • BSocSc Politics, Public Policy and Administration, University of Cape Town

Roles and Responsibilities

I am Programme Director of the MSc International Development (Online Learning). I am also a member of the RACE.ED Steering Committee and network acting as Cross Discipline Lead representing CAS. 

In the 2022/23 academic year, I will be convening the PG courses; Rethinking Africa: Race, Space, and Power; Key Skills in Development Practice (OL) and Displacement and Development (OL). I will also be contributing to teaching on the UG course; International Development, Aid, and Humanitarianism.


Staff Hours and Guidance

Mondays 10:00 - 12:00 online. Please book by clicking here. You will need to be logged into your Edinburgh Office 365 account. 


Publications by user content

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Collyer M, te Lintelo D, Mutambasere T, Zaman T. Moving Targets: Social Protection as a Link Between Humanitarianism, Development and Displacement. Brighton: Institute of Development Studies. 2022 Jun 7, p. 1-26.
Mutambasere T. Connecting religious transnationalism and development: Charitable giving amongst Zimbabwean Catholics in London. Third World Quarterly. 2021 Nov 29.
Mutambasere T. [Review of] Development, (Dual) Citizenship and its Discontents in Africa: The Political Economy of Belonging to Liberia by Pailey, Robtel Neajai. International Migration Review. 2021 Nov 29.
Mutambasere TG. Diaspora citizenship in practice: Identity, belonging and transnational civic activism amongst Zimbabweans in the UK. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 2021 May 10.
Mutambasere T. Mapping Study on the Role and Faces of African Diaspora Humanitarianism during COVID-19: Findings and Recommendations. 1 ed. Ethiopia: African Union Commission, 2021. 34 p.