Pierre is the Deputy Director of the CSA&G and a registered Clinical Psychologist. He has worked in HIV since the mid 1980’s and at the CSA&G since 2001 as a manager, researcher, writer, facilitator and teacher. His interests include sexualities, gender, diversity, transformation and human rights.
He has written a number of opinion pieces on aspects of HIV and AIDS, worked with media AIDS projects in South Africa and contributed to a booklet on healthy sexualities for Soul City. Selected publications have covered: Research challenges around gender, same-sex sexuality and HIV/AIDS in South Africa; Constructions of masculinity among a group of South Africa men living with HIV/AIDS; Equality and Sexual orientation in South Africa 2009 – 2011; and Institutional integrity in the tertiary sector; and Sugar daddies, sugar mummies, sugar babies and HIV in contemporary South Africa.
Pierre is an external examiner for MA theses, a peer reviewer for a number of journals, sits on the board of the Human Rights Development Initiative, is a member of the Executive of the Sexuality and Gender Division of the Psychological Society of South Africa, is a member of the Tuks AIDS Reference Group and has served on the Transformation Committee of the Faculty of Humanities.
Ruth Murambadoro is a researcher at the Centre for Sexualities, AIDS and Gender (CSA&G). She holds a DPhil in Political Sciences, an MA in Political Sciences, BA (Hons) International Relations and BPolSci all from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Between 2016 and 2018 she served in the board of the African Studies Association (ASA) as a representative for the Emerging Scholars Network. Her current work entails providing social science input into multiple transdisciplinary research projects and she deploys a gender lens to establish the role of power in shaping human behaviour, relations, institutions, ideas and the order of society. This involves developing and informing frameworks, strategies, guidelines and policies to promote learning, coordinated decision making and integrative thinking. She is particularly interested in governance and justice practices at the local level and the livelihood of persons living on the margins of the state in Africa. Her research experience covers broad human rights, security and justice issues such as public policy, peacebuilding, transitional justice, African justice systems, governance, democratic citizenship, women’s access to justice, women’s rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, maternal health and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). Her past, current and future research include:
- Tradition-based Transitional Justice in Africa, exploring African justice systems, the gender dynamics of conflict and the complex network of relationships shaping justice processes on the ground during transitions with special interest in reparations (2018-2020).
- Lived experiences and social support needs of pregnant women living on the margins, examining the state of care among communities living on the margins of the state, the processes they follow to secure healthy living for pregnant women and neonates, as well as the provisions of the government in providing care to rural communities (2018-2019).
- Women in the Context of Justice: Continuities and Discontinuities in Southern Africa, which investigated issues of gender justice, access and gender dynamics at the community level in several countries in Southern Africa (2017-2018).
- Regional Transitional Justice in Africa, a comparative research project that examined the community-based justice processes in several countries in Southern African and East Africa (2015-2017).
- Social Cohesion, Ubuntu and accounting for unlawful killings in Sub-Sahara Africa, which investigated facets of cohesion among conflict-stricken communities in several Sub-Saharan countries (2015-2017).
- ICT’s and the Right to Life, which was a comparative study evaluating policy provisions of several African countries in relation to human rights and access to information (2014).
- Mapping Reconciliation in Africa, an evaluation project which mapped the international, national and local level processes of transitional justice that have occurred across Africa (2011-2013).
She is writing a monograph for Palgrave MacMillan on Transitional Justice in Africa: The Case of Zimbabwe, which explores the justice needs of survivors in marginalized communities in Zimbabwe who encountered political violence in the hands of state-sanctioned security agents between the period 2000 and 2008. She is also working on a book project, ‘State’ of Care and Zimbabwe’s MNH system which gives a critical analysis of the maternal health policy of Zimbabwe and the conditions of care available to women living on the margins of the state. She hopes to work on collaborative research projects that among others, explore the nexus between power and distribution of resources with special focus on women’s access to land, justice and healthcare in marginalised communities.
the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies at UP as a Postdoctoral Researcher in May 2017. Tinashe holds a PhD in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Western Cape, an MA in African and Diaspora Literature in English and a BA Honours in English and Communication from Midlands State University. His research interests include identity constructions, gender, sexualities, and the workings of popular culture in political and social contexts. He is a former Doctoral Fellow in the Programme on the Study of the Humanities in Africa (PSHA) at the Centre for Humanities Research (CHR), UWC.
Tinashe has worked as a Writing Consultant at the UWC Writing Centre and did part-time lecturing on Academic Literacies, Language and Communication at UWC and Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). In 2008, he taught Communication Skills and English as a Foreign Language at Midlands State University (MSU), Zimbabwe.
Gerard Emmanuel Kamdem Kamga
Gerard has a multidisciplinary background including in Law, Human Rights, Political Science, Gender Analysis and Critical Theory. He holds a doctoral degree in Law from the University of Pretoria with focus on emergency regimes in contemporary democracies. Similarly, he holds number of certificates following the completion of several additional trainings in various fields including policy design, project management, leadership, governance, election observer, migration, peace and security. Over the years, he has developed a sound expertise through research and professional experience as his works essentially revolve around the social and human conditions and question the existing global and regional systems of governance and policies as well as their effects on gender and social justice, human rights and the rule of law, peace and security. He is the author of number of publications available online as well as several articles published in national and international peer reviewed and accredited journals. Gerard is also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Human Rights at the University of the Free State. Additionally, he is a facilitator and guest lecturer at the Department of Jurisprudence and the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria and an admitted Sworn Translator and Commissioner of Oaths at the High Court of South Africa.