Dr Ruth Murambadoro is a gender, peace and security scholar whose work has concentrated on understanding the intersecting realities that inform human interactions and the role of power in shaping, perpetuating or addressing disparities among population groups in Africa. Her research is grounded in decolonial thought and African feminism and she has conducted ethnographic field research in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique and Ghana, where she explored African mechanisms of resolving conflicts and their efficacy in meeting the justice needs of communities living on the margins.
She holds a DPhil in Political Sciences, an MA in Political Sciences, BA (Hons) International Relations and BPolSci all from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Additionally, she has obtained postgraduate certificates in conflict management, African Thought Leadership, political psychology, post-conflict transitions, and international justice from the International Peace and Security Institute, the Thabo Mbeki Leadership Institute and the Central European University.
Murambadoro has served on the board of directors of the African Studies Association, USA as representative of the Emerging Scholars Network (2016-2018), and committee member of the Transformation Committee of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria (2015-2018). Since 2011, she has been involved in various research projects, which were funded through the CODESRIA Collaborative Research Network, the African Peacebuilding Network, the Templeton Foundation, Irish Aid and the Social Science Research Council.
Her recognised work includes being shortlisted and a runner-up for the Africa Thesis Award under the African Studies Centre Leiden, Leiden University, Netherlands in 2015. She is a recipient of the Visiting Research Fellowship from the Centre of African Studies Cambridge (2019), the TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Award (2019/20), a Guest Researcher fellowship award from the Nordic Africa Institute (2020). Additionally, she was a recipient of the USA-based African Studies Association Presidential Fellowship Award (2015), a three-time recipient of the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Fellowship Award (2015-2018), a recipient of the African Pathways Doctoral Fellowship (2015-2017) under the National Institution for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Tuks Young Research Leader Award from the University of Pretoria (2017).
Some of her research has been published by Palgrave Macmillan, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, CODESRIA, African Journal for Conflict Resolution, the Strategic Review of Southern Africa, OSSREA and Kujenga Amani to mention a few. Her current research is exploring women social movements and how networks of women provide avenues for healing, justice and peace, outside the auspices of the state, focusing on women in Zimbabwe who have encountered state-sanctioned violence and living under military rule for the past 40 years. She welcomes research supervision on topics related to women, transitional justice, gender justice, peacebuilding and politics of the Global South.