Prof Brian Raftopoulos

Adjunct Professor

Prof Brian Raftopoulos is a Zimbabwean scholar and activist, and an Adjunct Professor at the Nelson Mandela School. Formally Associate Professor of Development Studies at the University of Zimbabwe, he moved to Cape Town at the end of March 2006 and is currently the Director of Research and Advocacy in the Ukuthula Trust, an NGO dealing with human rights issues in Zimbabwe. He is also a Senior Scholar-Democratic Governance, at the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance. He has published widely on Zimbabwean history, labour history, historiography, politics, and economic issues.  Prof. Raftopoulos was also a Mellon Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape from 2009-2016. He serves as the Co-Chair of the Editorial Board  of the Journal of Southern African Studies and on the Advisory Board of Kronos, Southern African Histories. In addition, he has been a civic activist in Zimbabwe since the 1990’s. He was a member of the founding Task Force of the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) 1998-2000, the editor of the NCA journal Agenda from 1999-2001, as well as the first Chair of the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition from 2001-2003.

Research Interests: Zimbabwean History and Politics; Labour History and the Struggles for Democratisation on the African Continent.

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