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.


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. 


  • 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)

In the 2022/23 academic, 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. 


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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.