Economic informalisation and democratisation in Zimbabwe (provisional)

Kristina’s thesis looks at economic informalisation in Zimbabwe from the late 1990s onwards and the impact it has had on the democratic development of the country, political subjectivities of people in the informal economy, and the changing understanding of citizenship. She hopes to understand how rapid and overwhelming economic informalisation in Zimbabwe had transformed the political space in the urban context, changed people as political subjects and the way they think about themselves as citizens of Zimbabwe.

She is also working on a research project on the Soviet military and civilian assistance to Southern African liberation movements in the Cold War period. Currently, she is looking at the MPLA and SWAPO, but she plans to expand the project at the post-doctoral level.

Kristina Pikovskaia
Research Student