Team Member

Tapiwa Chagonda

Head: Centre for Data Ethics
Institute for Intelligent Systems
Phone: +27(0)11 559 3827

Zimbabwe Working-class Politics

Tapiwa Chagonda completed his doctoral studies in 2011 which were focusing on the survival strategies of workers in Harare, Zimbabwe during the 2000s - Zimbabwe’s turbulent decade of hyperinflation and political crisis. In January 2013, Prof Chagonda was appointed a senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Johannesburg. In 2017, he was promoted to Associate Professor. He is the Director of the Centre for Data Ethics (CDE) under the Institute for Intelligent Systems (IIS) at the University of Johannesburg and is also the Chair of the Faculty of Humanities Research Ethics Committee. In 2020, Prof Chagonda was awarded the Faculty of Humanities’ Innovation in Teaching and Learning Award.


Chagonda, T. 2016. ‘The other face of the Zimbabwean crisis: The black market and dealers during Zimbabwe’s decade of economic meltdown, 2000-2008’. Review of African Political Economy 43(147): 131-141.

Chagonda, T. 2012. ‘Teachers’ and bank workers’ responses to Zimbabwe’s crisis: uneven effects, different strategies’, Journal of Contemporary African Studies (JCAS), 30(1): 83-97.

Chagonda, T. 2020. ‘Covid-19 Fully Exposes Zimbabwe’s Comatose Economy’, The Thinker, Vol. 84/2020: 14-16.