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Doctor Joshua Walker

QualificationsBA, MSc, PhD
Phone 0117174275
Organisational Unit Wits Institute For Social & Economic Research

Joshua Walker received his PhD in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2014. Since June 2014, he has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand: first, at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER), and, since June 2016, in the Department of Political Studies. His doctoral dissertation, which he is preparing for publication as a book, examines the social effects of economic decline on Mbujimayi, a longstanding Congolese diamond mining town.  He has also begun work on a new research project as part of the Conjugal Slavery in War research network, entitled “‘I Will Never Marry a Luba Man’: Gender, Marriage, and Ethnicity in Central Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).” In addition to his own research, Walker has co-authored papers with members of the Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry (CSMI) at the University of the Witwatersrand on the social and environmental impacts of the new South African legislation on mining, and artisanal and small-scale mining policy reform in Africa. He is fluent in French and Cilubà, and speaks proficient Lingala and Spanish.