Education: PhD, University of Bergen; BSc (Hons) and MA in Public Administration and Political Science, University of Zimbabwe

Background: Annie Barbara Chikwanha is an Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Zimbabwe. Previously, she worked with the Afrobarometer Network as a researcher in 2002. After completing her PhD, she joined the Institute for Security Studies as a Senior Research Fellow. Chikwanha’s main academic interests are in democracy and governance, focusing on rule of law, elections, peace and conflict, human security and political science research methodologies. She also maintains a keen interest in the African Governance Architecture and the associated challenges of linking the governance and peacebuilding processes in Africa, as well as comparative politics, Africa’s criminal justice systems and their impact on democratisation, and issues of conflict-sensitive methodologies for conflict zones. Chikwanha is a Member of the International Advisory Committee for the Research Programme on Security and Rule of Law in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings implemented by the Dutch Research Council and the NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development since April 2014. Chikwanha co-edited Understanding Contemporary Conflicts in Africa-Origins, Challenges, and Peace-building (2010), with Richard Bowd.

Expertise: Zimbabwe; democracy; governance; conflict; peacebuilding; comparative politics; African Union