Dr Simukai Chigudu

Departmental Lecturer in Development Studies

Simukai Chigudu is a DPhil candidate in International Development at the University of Oxford, where he holds a Hoffman-Weidenfeld Scholarship.

His academic background is eclectic having received training in Medicine at Newcastle University, Public Health at Imperial College London and African Studies at the University of Oxford.

He has previously worked and conducted research in Zimbabwe, Uganda, The Gambia, Tanzania and South Africa. Prior to taking up his studies at Oxford, he worked as a medical doctor for three years in the UK’s National Health Service.

In the media
‘State of Emergency’: The politics of Zimbabwe’s cholera outbreak, 2008-2009

Simukai has a wide range of teaching interests in accordance with his fields of study.

At Oxford University, he is supervising an undergraduate student in the History Faculty who is writing a 20th century history of aid and development in Lesotho.

Outside Oxford, he has delivered lectures and seminars on the politics of global health and international development at University College London, Queen Mary University of London, Imperial College London, and Newcastle University.

Research Students supervised

Journal articles and special issues

Chigudu, Simukai (with David Mccoy, Taavi Tillmann) (2017) 'Framing the tax and health nexus: a neglected aspect of public health concern', Health Economics, Policy and Law 12 (2) 179-94
Chigudu, Simukai (2016) 'Health Security and The International Politics of Zimbabwe’s Cholera Outbreak, 2008-09', Global Health Governance X (3) 41-53
Chigudu, Simukai (2016) 'The Social Imaginaries of Women's Peace Activism in Northern Uganda', International Feminist Journal of Politics 18 (1) 19-38
Chigudu, Simukai (with U d’Alessandro, T Corrah, A Demba, M Jasseh & J Balen) (2014) 'The Role of Leadership in People-Centred Health Systems: A Sub-National Study in The Gambia', Health Policy and Planning
Chigudu, Simukai (2012) 'My Journey Towards Self, Identity and Purpose in the African Diaspora', Feminist Africa 17 122-8
Chigudu, Simukai (with S Siascia, G Kaur, E Melhem, S Khaniyev & A Ouedraogo) (2010) 'Prioritisation of Health Research', The Lancet 276 (9740) 513-4

Conference papers

Chigudu, Simukai (2016) 'The International Politics of Epidemics in Africa: The Case of Cholera in Zimbabwe', Paper presented at the 6th Annual Researching Africa Day, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, 2015
Chigudu, Simukai (2016) 'Disease, Disaster and Denial: Cholera as the Site of Political Contestation in Zimbabwe', Paper presented at the Britain Zimbabwe Society Annual Research Day, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, 2016
Chigudu, Simukai (with ) (2016) 'Rhodes Must Fall and the Politics of Historical Consciousness', Paper presented at Decolonizing the Academy, Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh, 2016
Chigudu, Simukai (2016) 'Hountondji Revisited: Cosmopolitan Intellectualism and the Study of Africa', Paper presented at Academic Freedom in Africa: 25 Years after the Kampala Declaration – Issues, Challenges and Prospects, Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA), Lilongwe, Malawi, 2016
Chigudu, Simukai (2015) 'Hountondji Revisited: Cosmopolitan Intellectualism and the Study of Africa', Paper presented at the Social Order in Africa Workshop: Filling Pails, Lighting Fires, Oxford Department of International Development & African Studies Centre, University of Oxford, 2015
Chigudu, Simukai (with J Balen) (2013) '“Globalisation, Governmentality, and Local Leadership in the Gambian Health System', Paper presented at The Global Politics of National Health Systems, University of Sheffield, 2013
Chigudu, Simukai (with E Hunter, J Kibiki, A Jusabani, E Aris & R Walker ) (2010) 'Prevalence, phenotype and treatment gap for epilepsy in rural Tanzania: initial findings of a door-to-door survey', Paper presesnted at the European Congress on Epileptology, Greece, 2010
Chigudu, Simukai (with E Hunter E & R Walker) (2009) 'An Epidemiological Study of Epilepsy in a Rural District of Northern Tanzania', Paper presented at Research in Progress 2009, Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, London, 2009
Chigudu, Simukai (with C Ferraro & G Tan) (2008) 'Global Health Education in the Newcastle MBBS Curriculum', Paper presented at Research in Progress 2008, Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, London, 2008
Chigudu, Simukai (2008) 'Youth Perspectives on HIV/AIDS in South Africa', Paper presented at XVII International Conference on AIDS: Community Dialogue Space, Mexico City, 2008
Chigudu, Simukai (with H Chigudu) (2008) 'Tackling HIV/AIDS in resource-poor settings', Medsin Global Health Conference, University of Oxford, 2008
24 April, 2017
Four ODID staff shortlisted for five OUSU Teaching Awards
22 Nov, 2017
Zimbabwe's public health crisis. Simukai Chigudu interviewed on BBC World
Research interests:

African politics; modern African history; international development; medical humanitarianism; global health; history and politics of public health