Kudakwashe Vanyoro is a Research Communications Officer and Doctoral Researcher at the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS), University of the Witwatersrand, in South Africa. He has been conducting research uptake work for ACMS since 2014, as part of the centre’s global partnership in the Migrating Out of Poverty Research Programme Consortium. As part of this role Kudakwashe is responsible for stakeholder engagement in South Africa and Zimbabwe and is regularly called upon to brief decision-makers in government and civil society, including the creation of synthesis documents and other communication products to make evidence more accessible and applicable.
With a background in Media and Society Studies, Kudakwashe’s Masters research explored the ‘blurred spaces and grey areas in-between’ of migration and health policy in South(ern) Africa. He has presented this work in global spaces such as the 1st World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health (MERH) recently held in Scotland and has published A Global Agenda on Migration, Mobility, and Health (2016) as one of the members of the Researchers on Migration, Mobility and Health Group in the Lancet.
Kudakwashe has also written seminal work on research uptake and activism on ‘unpopular causes’ such as migration, sex work, and trafficking in South Africa. Three of his working papers Pragmatic Pathways: Critical Perspectives on Research Uptake in the Global South (2015), ‘We Have the Research but Where is the Influence’: Constraints and Opportunities for Evidence-Based Policy Impact in South Africa (2018), and Zimbabwean Migrant Domestic Worker Activism in South Africa (2019) have been published by the Migrating out of Poverty Research Programme Consortium. These papers explore the challenges and opportunities for getting evidence on contentious, unpopular causes into policymaking and activism in highly-politicised policy environments. Kudakwashe also co-authored a paper titled Re-politicizing International Migration Narratives? Critical Reflections on the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Civil Society Days (2018) published in the Globalizations journal, which draws on elaborate observations of conference sessions at three iterations (2015-2017) of the GFMD. The paper has been republished by Routledge as a book chapter. He has contributed a paper titled ‘Skeptics’ and ‘Believers’: Anti-trafficking, Sex Work and Migrant-Rights Activism in South Africa (2019) to a special issue in a Gender and Development journal issue on Migrants in a Global Economy. Using a theoretical lens of temporality, his PhD explored (im) mobile irregular Zimbabwean migrants’ imaginaries and modes of waiting in Musina, South Africa. Kudakwashe spent two weeks (24 June-5 July) at the Migration Summer School hosted by the Migration Policy Centre at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy on a full scholarship.