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Zimbabwe Team

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Tavengwa Chitata

PhD Candidate 

Tavengwa Chitata is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geography at The University of Sheffield, UK. His work is at the intersection of irrigation engineering and social science. He uses interdisciplinary approaches to explore how people learn from and make sense of, (ground)water through their everyday interactions with irrigation infrastructure. In his work he pays explicit attention to the form and materiality of water infrastructure and how these shape flows of water and social relations of power, and vice versa.

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Jeltsje Kemerink-Seyoum

Water Engineer 

Social Scientist 

Jeltsje Sanne Kemerink-Seyoum is a water engineer and a social scientist. She holds the position of Senior Lecturer in Water Governance in the department of Integrated Water Systems and Governance at the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education. Jeltsje has  fiveteen years professional experience in research, teaching and project management.


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Frances Cleaver

Principal Investigator

Professor of Political Ecology

Frances Cleaver is Professor of Political Ecology at the Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University.  Her research is concerned with how we can understand natural resource governance in order to inform progressive social change. Institutions really matter in social and political life – they are the rules (often implicit) and arrangements through which people organize their lives, access resources and give order and meaning to their world. Critically, they are also channels through which power is exercised, reproduced and challenged. Working from a political ecology perspective Frances is particularly interested in how institutions shape the governance of water, land and forests, and impact on people’s livelihoods.


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