Programmes Director

Dr. Tom Tom

Dr. T. Tom is Programmes Director of AfriFuture Research and Development Trust. He is a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Development Studies at the Zimbabwe Open University and is also a Research Fellow at the South African Research Chair Initiative (SARCHI) Chair in Social Policy, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa. He is a holder of a PhD in Sociology with the University of South Africa and the thrust of his PhD studies was underpinned by interrogation of the social policy dimensions of Zimbabwe’s land and agrarian reform under the theme, ‘Rethinking Social Policy: In Search of Inclusive Development.’ He also holds an MSc in Sociology and Social Anthropology; and BSc Sociology (Hons) from the University of Zimbabwe. He is a member of the Network of Young African Researchers in Agriculture (YARA); Agriculture, Nutrition and Health (ANH) Academy; International Sociological Association Junior Sociologists Network (ISA-JSN); South African Sociological Association (SASA); and Development Practitioners Network (DPN). His research, publication and teaching interests are anchored on social policy, agrarian, youth and gender studies. As a young African scholar, he contributes to critical and sustainable approaches of improving the wellbeing of various groups of people through transformative social policy. Accumulating consultancies, voluntary work, other community engagement activities, university service and publications are crystallised around social policy. The social policy thrust of his work is fundamental to understanding and responding to the current global pandemic, COVID-19 beyond the predominant biomedical approaches. He continues to find inspiration in improving societal wellbeing particularly from a conscious social policy approach.

Publications

Tom, T & Chipenda, C. (2020). COVID-19, Lockdown and the Family in Zimbabwe, Journal of Comparative Family Studies. Vol 51, No 3-4, pp.288-300. https://doi.org/10.3138/jcfs.51.3-4.005  

Tom, T., & Tomy, K. (2020). Contract Farming as Covert Perpertuation of Colonial Capitalist Hegemony. In E. Benyera, Breaking the Colonial “Contract”: From Oppression to Autonomous Decolonial Futures. London: Rowman and Littlefield.

Tom, T. (2020). Alternative Approaches to Africa’s Development: Zimbabwe’s Land Reform Interrogated Through Gender Lenses. In J. Kurebwa, Understanding Gender in the African Context. IGI Global.

Tom, T., & Tomy, K. (2020). Contract Farming as Covert Perpertuation of Colonial Capitalist Hegemony. In E. Benyera, Breaking the Colonial “Contract”: From Oppression to Autonomous Decolonial Futures. London: Rowman and Littlefield.

Tom, T. (2020). Reclaiming Africa’s Space and Development through Indigenous Knowledge Systems?: A Focus on Zimbabwe. In E. Benyera, Breaking the Colonial “Contract” From Oppression to Autonomous Decolonial Futures. London: Rowman and Littlefield.

Tom, T. (2020). Zimbabwe’s Land Reform as Alternative Social Policy and Decoloniality in Action. In G. Mkodzongi, & M. Khan, African History and Culture. Iowa: Kendall Hunt.

Chipenda, C., & Tom, T. (2019). The Generational Questions after Land Reform in Zimbabwe: A Social Reproduction Perspective. African Journal of Economic and Management Studies. doi:https://doi.org/10.1108/AJEMS-02-2019.00728

Tom, T. (2019). A Youth Perspective to Participation and Local Governance in Zimbabwe’s Post Fast Track Land Reform Farms. In J. Kurebwa , & O. Dodo (Eds.), Participation of Young People in Governance Processes in Africa (pp. 220-246). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Tom, T., & Chipenda, C. (2019). Local Grassroots Mechanisms for Justice, Peace-building and Social Cohesion in Zimbabwe’s ‘New’ Farm Communities. In E. Benyera, Indigenous, Traditional and Non-State Transitional Justice in Southern Africa: Namibia and Zimbabwe. London: Lexington Books.

Tom, T., & Munemo, E. (2019). Gender Facets of Zimbabwe’s Tracked Land Reform Viewed from a Transformative Social Policy Perspective. American Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research, 4(4), 77-85.

Chipenda, C., & Tom, T. (2018). In M. Mawere, & A. Nhemachena, Rethinking Securities in an Emergent Technoscientific New World Order: Retracing the Contours of Africa’s Hijacked Futures (pp. 135- 170). Bamenda: Langaa Research and Publishing (CIG).