Dr Tariro Kamuti

Research  Fellow

Dr. Tariro Kamuti  is a Research  Fellow with the Global Risk Governance Programme and the African Wildlife Economy Institute, Stellenbosch University. He holds a joint PhD from the Department of Geography at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa and the Department of Organisational Sciences of the Vrije University Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He was a recipient of a scholarship from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO-WOTRO) under a research programme on a partnership involving the University of the Free State, the University of Cape Town, South Africa and the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Tariro was part of a team of scholars under the research programme entitled: Farm Dwellers – The Forgotten People? Consequences of Conversions to Private Wildlife Production in Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal Provinces.  The title of his thesis is: Private Wildlife Governance in a Context of Radical Uncertainty: Dynamics of Game Farming Policy and Practice in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. His thesis focuses on the influence and workings of the policy processes and governance contexts in which the agricultural and wildlife sectors operate in light of the trend of conversion from conventional farming to game farming in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa.

His academic qualifications  include: B.Sc. in Biological Sciences and Geography and B.Sc. (Hons) in Geography both from the University of Zimbabwe. A BBA in Marketing from the Institute of Marketing Management’s Graduate School of Marketing, and an M.Phil. in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of Fort Hare, South Africa.   

Tariro was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Gender and Africa Studies of the University of the Free State and the Global Risk Governance programme, Law Department, University of Cape Town.  His research interests include land and environmental policy; governance issues around the sustainable utilisation of natural resources; the social dimensions of biodiversity conservation; the Green Economy, and urban development. 

Latest Publications:

Kamuti, T. (2022). Integration of Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Zimbabwe’s Climate Change Policy. In: Ebhuoma, E.E., Leonard, L. (eds) Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Governance. Sustainable Development Goals Series. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-99411-2_12

Kamuti, T. 2022. Between a rock and a hard place:  The changing fortunes of the smallholder tobacco farmer in Zimbabwe In:The Future of Zimbabwe's Agrarian SectorRoutledge.

Kamuti, T. 2022. The deepening challenge of governance of wildlife and land issues in the context of rising citizen participation in South Africa.In: Conservation, Land Conflicts, and Sustainable Tourism in Southern Africa. Routledge.

Kamuti, T. 2021. Agroforestry as a Small Landholder’s Tool for Climate Change Resilience and Mitigation in Zimbabwe. In: Shukla, G., S. Chakravarty, P. Panwar and J. A. Bhat. (eds.). Agroforestry: Small Landholder’s Tool for Climate Change Resiliency and Mitigation. London: IntechOpen. DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.97827

Kamuti. T. 2021. BOOK REVIEW of Nhamo, Godwell., Kaitano Dube and David Chikodzi, 2020. Counting the Cost of COVID-19 on the Global Tourism Industry. Cham: Springer. Development Southern Africa. DOI: 10.1080/0376835X.2021.1912588

Kamuti. T. 2020. Redefining Nature and Wilderness through Private Wildlife Ranching: An Economic Perspective of Environmental Policy in Southern Africa. In: Walker, T., S. Goubran and N. Sprung-Much (eds.). Environmental Policy: An Economic Perspective. Hoboken: Wiley Blackwell. 139-152.

Kamuti, T. 2020. Wildlife Economy and its Significance in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. In: Murphy, D. and E. Mason (eds.). Africa: Economic, Political and Social Issues. New York: Nova Science Publishers. 145-172.

Kamuti, T. 2019. BOOK REVIEW of Warchol, Greg L. 2017. Exploiting the Wilderness: An Analysis of Wildlife Crime. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. 208 pp, Africa Today, 66(1): 143-144. 

Kamuti, T. 2018. “If It Pays It Stays”: The Lobby for Private Wildlife Ranching in South Africa. In: Gewald, J.B., M.J. Spierenburg and Wels, H. (eds.). Wildlife Conservation in Southern Africa - Morality and Marginality: Towards Sentient Conservation? Leiden: Brill NV. Pp 167-188. 

Kamuti, T. 2018. The Radical Challenge of Illegal Hunting on Privately Owned Wildlife Ranches in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.  Proceedings of the Biennial Conference of the Society of South African Geographers, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein (1 - 5 October 2018). ISBN: 978-0-86886-852-3.

Kamuti, T. 2018.  Intricacies of Game Farming and Outstanding Land Restitution Claims in the Gongolo Area of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. In: Brandt, B. and G. Mkodzongi (eds.). Land Reform Revisited: Democracy, State Making and Agrarian Transformation in Post-Apartheid South Africa. Leiden: Brill NV. pp.124-148https://brill.com/abstract/title/33331?rskey=CPdBay&result=1  

Kamuti, T. 2017. The Changing Geography of Wildlife Conservation: Perspectives on Private Game Farming in Contemporary KwaZulu-Natal Province. New Contree: A Journal of Historical and Human Sciences for Southern Africa, 79. 39-64.


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