Tariro Kamuti

Dr. Tariro Kamuti holds a joint PhD from the Department of Geography at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa and the Department of Organisational Sciences of the Vrije University Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He was a recipient of a scholarship from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO-WOTRO) under a research programme on a partnership involving the University of the Free State, the University of Cape Town, South Africa and the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Tariro was part of a team of scholars under the research programme entitled: Farm Dwellers – The Forgotten People? Consequences of Conversions to Private Wildlife Production in Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal Provinces.  The title of his thesis is: Private Wildlife Governance in a Context of Radical Uncertainty: Dynamics of Game Farming Policy and Practice in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. His thesis focuses on the influence and workings of the policy processes and governance contexts in which the agricultural and wildlife sectors operate in light of the trend of conversion from conventional farming to game farming in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa.

His academic qualifications also include: B.Sc. in Biological Sciences and Geography and B.Sc. (Hons) in Geography both from the University of Zimbabwe, a BBA in Marketing from the Institute of Marketing Management’s Graduate School of Marketing, and an M.Phil. in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of Fort Hare, South Africa.   

Before joining the Department of Public Law, Tariro was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Gender and Africa Studies of the University of the Free State from September 2016 to August 2018. His research interests include land and environmental policy, governance issues surrounding sustainable utilisation of natural resources, the social dimensions of biodiversity conservation, the Green Economy and sustainable urban development. Currently he is working on a research project broadly focusing on the wildlife economy of South Africa sponsored by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). The research aims to contribute to the National Biodiversity Assessment to assist SANBI to enhancef the country’s Biodiversity Economy Strategy (BES) for example, through the Transformative Enabling Interventions.

Latest Publications:

Kamuti, T. (Forthcoming). Redefining Nature and Wilderness through Private Wildlife Ranching: An Economic Perspective of Environmental Policy in Southern Africa. In: Walker, T., Sprung-Much, N and S. Goubran.  Environmental Policy: An Economic Perspective. Wiley Blackwell.

Kamuti, T. (Forthcoming). Getting to the Core of the Intractable Challenge of Illegal Wildlife Trade and its Dilemma to the State and Local Communities. Africa Today, 66(1).

Kamuti, T. 2018. “If It Pays It Stays”: The Lobby for Private Wildlife Ranching in South Africa. In: Gewald, J.B., M.J. Spierenburg and Wels, H. (eds.). Wildlife Conservation in Southern Africa - Morality and Marginality: Towards Sentient Conservation? Leiden: Brill NV. Pp 167-188. 

Kamuti, T. 2018. The Radical Challenge of Illegal Hunting on Privately Owned Wildlife Ranches in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.  Proceedings of the Biennial Conference of the Society of South African Geographers, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein (1 - 5 October 2018). ISBN: 978-0-86886-852-3.

Kamuti, T. 2018.  Intricacies of Game Farming and Outstanding Land Restitution Claims in the Gongolo Area of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. In: Brandt, B. and G. Mkodzongi (eds.). Land Reform Revisited: Democracy, State Making and Agrarian Transformation in Post-Apartheid South Africa. Leiden: Brill NV. pp.124-148  

Kamuti, T. 2017. The Changing Geography of Wildlife Conservation: Perspectives on Private Game Farming in Contemporary KwaZulu-Natal Province. New Contree: A Journal of Historical and Human Sciences for Southern Africa, 79. 39-64. 

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