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Brian Raftopoulos

Research Fellow, International Studies Group, University of the Free State

Professor Brian Raftopoulos is a leading Zimbabwean scholar and activist. Formally an Associate Professor of Development Studies at the University of Zimbabwe, he moved to Cape Town at the end of March 2006 and is currently the Director of Research and Advocacy in the Solidarity Peace Trust, an NGO dealing with human rights issues in Zimbabwe. He has published widely on Zimbabwean history, labour history, historiography, politics, and economic issues. At present, Prof. Raftopoulos is also Mellon Senior Research Mentor at the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape and he serves on the Advisory Board of the Journal of Southern African Studies. In addition, he has been a leading civic activist in Zimbabwe throughout the last decade. He was a member of the founding Task Force of the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) 1998-2000, the editor of the NCA journal Agenda from 1999-2001, as well as the first Chair of the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition from 2001-2003.


  • –present
    Mellon Senior Research Mentor at the Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western cape