Kristina Pikovskaia

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Kristina joined QEH in 2015 as an MPhil student in Development Studies supported by the Hill Foundation and progressed to the DPhil programme in 2017. Her primary research looks at the impact of economic informalisation on ideas and practices of citizenship in Harare, Zimbabwe. She has also done research on Soviet military assistance to southern African countries during the cold war.

Kristina’s research is published in the Journal of Southern African Studies and is covered in The Conversation Africa. She has also contributed to the Review of African Political Economy.

She is passionate about teaching and learning and has contributed to teaching on a variety of courses in African politics and international development.

In the media
"Vendors Keep This Economy Running”: Economic Informalisation and Citizenship in Harare, Zimb...

Kristina has taught on undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Oxford, including:

  • Teaching Assistant on the History and Politics Foundation Course for the MPhil students in Development Studies in 2018-2019;
  • Tutor on the Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa course at St Anne’s College in 2021;
  • Tutor on the Poverty and Human Development course at Wadham College in 2022;
  • Tutor on the Non-violent Resistance Movements course at Wadham College in 2021.

In 2018-2019, she completed the Developing Learning and Teaching course at the Oxford Learning Institute received the SEDA PDF award for teaching and supporting learning in higher education

Research Students supervised

Journal articles and special issues

Conference papers

Pikovskaia, Kristina (2021) 'A Key to No Door: Economic Informalisation, Modernity Crisis, and Education-Economy Disconnect in Zimbabwe', African Politics Research Group Seminar Series, University of Edinburgh, 18/10/2021
Pikovskaia, Kristina (2021) '"No Longer the Sunshine City": Economic Informalisation and the Crisis of Urban Modernity in Harare, Zimbabwe', African Studies Centre Research Seminar Series, University of Oxford, 14/10/2021
Pikovskaia, Kristina (2019) '"We Could Not Be There": Storytelling and the Narratives of Soviet Military Advisors, Specialists, and Interpreters in Angola during the Civil War (1975-1992)', Liberation Beyond the Nation: Comparisons, Interactions and Methodologies Conference, Cape Town, 12-13/04/2019
Pikovskaia, Kristina (2018) 'Political Subjectivities in the Context of Economic Informalisation in Zimbabwe', African Studies Association of the United Kingdom Biennial Conference, Birmingham, 11-13/11/2018
Pikovskaia, Kristina (2018) '"You Never Get a Livelihood from Going to School": The Youth and Economic Informalisation in Zimbabwe', British Zimbabwe Society Research Day, Oxford, 16/06/2018
Pikovskaia, Kristina (2018) 'Informal Sector Organisations and Political Subjectivity in the Informal Sector in Harare', Department of Economic History Seminar, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, 02/03/2018


Pikovskaia, Kristina (2021) 'Seeking Social Justice in Crisis: Socio-economic Rights and Citizenship in Post-2000 Zimbabwe', Review of African Political Economy 48 (170) 656-66
01 May, 2022
'How informal sector organisations in Zimbabwe shape notions of citizenship'. Kristina Pikovskaia writes for the Conversation
Research interests:

Zimbabwean politics, economic informalisation, informal sector, urban politics, citizenship, political subjectivity