University of Western Australia (UWA) PhD student and AfREC Postgraduate Fellow, Tinashe Jakwa, recently commenced a research exchange program with the University of Pretoria’s Future Africa Institute and Department of Political Sciences and International Relations. Tinashe will be one of the Institute’s inaugural 50 external research fellows.
The research exchange program is the result of the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between UP and UWA on 27 August 2018. The exchange is indicative of both learning institutions’ ongoing efforts to strengthen their collaboration in research, including through student exchanges.
As a student studying for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at UWA with a research focus on peacebuilding in Africa, Ms Jakwa she says that she will greatly benefit from the opportunities this research exchange has to offer. The exchange coincides with the official launch of UP’s new Future Africa Institute in March 2019.
“This exchange program will be beneficial not only in terms of my research and planned fieldwork in the Southern African region in 2019; it will also be instrumental in terms of developing a stronger understanding of political developments on the African continent,” says Ms Jakwa.
Ms Jakwa’s research is entitled, Desecuritising the Congo: Examining the impacts of the ‘weak states’ policy frame on peacebuilding outcomes in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It examines the causes of peacebuilding policy failures in that country.
Both UP and UWA hope that this research exchange heralds a new dawn for the two institutions’ partnership in research collaboration.