» Skip to content

Published: 23 February 2019

By Andy Ross

Recent articles

View all stories

The Britain-Zimbabwe Society - a Research Day

On the 15th June this year, the Britain-Zimbabwe Society will be holding a Research Day focused on Creativity and Innovation in Zimbabwean Arts and Science.


The Research Day is an annual event which brings together practitioners and researchers and this year's event looks like it is going to be thought-provoking. You can find out more in the information presented below, including a list of speakers. There is also a link to book for the event. 


Creativity and Innovation - Research and Resilience in Zimbabwean Arts and Science

Saturday 15 June 2019, 9.00am - 5.30pm (doors open from 8.30am)

St. Antony´s College, Nissan Theatre, Oxford OX2 6JF

In partnership with the Oxford African Studies Centre

The Britain Zimbabwe Society´s Research Day this year will explore the findings of researchers and
practitioners in the achievements, challenges and futures of Zimbabwean innovation and creativity.
Arts and culture, science and technology have demonstrated extraordinary resilience through times
of turbulence and the most difficult economic and political circumstances in the 20th and 21st
century. Key questions arise about identity, national and social recognition, finance and
livelihoods, education and development, and the role of research.

RD2019 will interrogate and critically reflect on these issues. It is a forum to which all are
welcome, and where presenters share original research, fresh thinking and new perspectives with an
engaged and supportive audience.

There will be four panels, two on art and culture, two on science and technology, with plenty of
time for audience questions and discussion. Our speakers this year include

DR GEOFF BANDA, lecturer on global food security and innovation at the University of Edinburgh, on
the innovative TIBA Partnership (Tackling Infections to Benefit Africa) and pharmaceutical
manufacture in Zimbabwe.

DR JULIUS MUGWAGWA, assistant professor on innovation and development at University College London,
on how innovation can stimulate Zimbabwean economic recovery and growth.

DR ROSELYN MASAMHA, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Hull, exploring innovation
amongst the Zimbabwean diaspora.

LISA SIDAMBE, programme director on global affairs for the Nhimbe Trust in Bulawayo, on Nhimbe
Trust´s promotion of cultural policies for Zimbabwe that nurture creativity and recognise its vital
role in development.

ROB LEHMANN, head of participation at the Young Vic Theatre in London, on the Young Vic´s exchange
programme with Nhimbe Trust.

LENNON MHISHI, postdoctoral research associate at University of Liverpool, inter alia exploring how
the arts and humanities can be used to tackle contemporary slavery in sub-Saharan Africa.

Bookings for RD19 are open on Eventbrite at


Watch this space for information updates as the programme takes shape - ask to be added to our
Research Day mailing list.

For programme and presentation enquiries, contact Dr Pauline Dodgson-Katiyo
Further information on registration and the day´s practical arrangements, contact Margaret Ling

We look forward to welcoming you to Research Day 2019.