Britain Zimbabwe launches Young Researcher Prize Saturday at Oxford University

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Staff Reporter

THE Britain Zimbabwe Society this year launches the first BZS Young Researcher Prize at its research day which is meant to promote endeavour and excellence by young and new researchers in the field of Zimbabwean studies. 

The 2018 BZS Research Day will be held on Saturday 16 June at St Antony’s College, Oxford University, under the theme “Youth and Experience: Generation to Generation in Zimbabwe and the Diaspora. 

Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) Head of Parliamentary Affairs, Advocacy and External Relations, Vimbai Zinyama, will be the keynote speaker.

Zinyama’s participation has been made possible with support from TUC Aid.

“Vimbai will draw on her long experience in the trade union movement to discuss the prospects for change and the opportunities for young people in the post-Robert Mugabe era,” BZS said in a statement.

The research day will be punctuated by panels on youth, political change and economic development; youth, social movements and political participation; life histories and intergenerational changes; and art, culture and identity.

“The Research Day provides the opportunity for presenters to share experiences, perspectives, original research and fresh thinking with a lively and supportive audience.  All are welcome, and the Day attracts a diverse audience of academics and non-academics, both British and Zimbabwean,” noted BZS. 

The first recipient of the award, which is a partnership between the BZS and the Oxford University African Studies Centre, is Dr Simukai Chigudu, a qualified doctor and lecturer in international development at Oxford University, the society said in a statement issued Tuesday.

“His first major research project is on the politics of the 2008-9 cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe,” said the society.