Ruth Murambadoro

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: A Stepping Stone for Emerging Scholars in Africa

Ruth Murambadoro, a three-time recipient of the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa fellowship, is the first PhD candidate working on transitional justice and reconciliation in her department at the University of Pretoria. She credits the fellowship as a catalyst for her research and for enabling her to contribute to an African perspective on the peacebuilding discourse.

Read more about the story of her journey to a PhD on Research Matters, a digital forum of the Social Science Research Council.

Ruth Murambadoro is an emerging scholar at the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn), a research center affiliated with the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria. She is registered with the University of Pretoria for her PhD in political sciences. Ruth is a board member of the African Studies Association (ASA) as a representative of emerging scholars. She received the ASA Presidential Fellowship award in 2015, and her MA thesis was shortlisted for the Africa Thesis Award. She is a recipient of the SSRC Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Fellowship (2015–18). Her scholarly work has been published in the Strategic Review for Southern Africa and the African Journal on Conflict Resolution and by the Organisation for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA), among others. Her research focuses on democracy, transitional justice, reconciliation, and decolonial perspectives on peacebuilding in postcolonial Africa.