Simbarashe Gukurume



Simbarashe Gukurume is a social scientist working at the intersections of Sociology and Social Anthropology and is a senior lecturer at Sol Plaatje University. Simbarashe holds a PhD from the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa and an MSc in Sociology and Social Anthropology as well as a BSc in Sociology from the University of Zimbabwe. Simbarashe is interested in questions around youth, informality, livelihoods, displacement, Pentecostalism, money, and other forms of the everyday lives of young people. He is particularly interested in the forms of agency, socialities and convivialities that emerge and are forged in times of protracted crisis, uncertainty, and flux because of socio-economic and political crises. His recent publications appear in the International Journal of Transitional Justice, African Affairs, Third World Thematics, African Identities, Journal of Southern African Studies, Political Psychology and the Extractive Industries and Society among other journals.

Select Publications include:

  • Gukurume, S.2022. “You Are Blessed to Be a Blessing”. Pentecostal-Charismatic Churches and the Politics of Redistribution in Harare, Religion and Development, 1(1), 27-44.
  • Gukurume, S. And Tombindo, F.2021. Post-displacement livelihoods in mining communities: The politics of precarity and everyday uncertainty in Marange, Zimbabwe, The Extractive Industries and Society, 50, 1-21. Gukurume, S.(2021). Transactional Relationships Within a University Campus in Zimbabwe, Oriental Anthropologist,
  • Maringira, G.and Gukurume, S. (2021). Politics, (Re)Possession and Resurgence of Student Protests in South African Universities, Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies, 48 (3), 486-505.
  • Tombindo, F. And Gukurume, S.2021. Trust and the Zimbabwean Diaspora: A case study of the West Midlands County, England. In Helliker, K, Bhatasara, S.and Chiweshe, MK.2021. Everyday Crisis Living in Contemporary Zimbabwe. Routledge: London.
  • Gukurume, S. and Oosterom, M.2021. Youth Politics. In Pilossof, R (Editor). Fending for Ourselves: Youth in Zimbabwe 1980-2020. Weaver Press: Harare.