Clement Chipenda (PhD) is a research associate at the SARChI Chair in Social Policy, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa (UNISA). Chipenda completed his PhD in Sociology with UNISA in 2019 and his thesis focused on the social policy dimensions of Zimbabwe’s land reform programme.
Chipenda joins CRC 1342 as a Visiting Fellow for three months from August to October 2020. He will be hosted by Alex Veit of Project B09 "The Rise, Decay and Renaissance of Social Policy in Africa". Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Chipenda will work from abroad and join B09 online.
Clement Chipenda and Alex Veit will be working on the trajectory of food security policies in South Africa from 1918-2018. The purpose of their work is to understand the development of food security policies in South Africa and find explanations for continuities in the context of fundamental ideological change by way of figurational analysis.
During the fellowship, Chipenda will also participate and present research on social policies in Southern Africa to the wider scientific community at the University of Bremen, UNISA and beyond.
Chipenda's work currently focuses on social policy, agrarian political economy, food security, citizenship, youth development and gender in the Global South. He has recently published in the Africa Review (2020), Canadian Journal of African Studies (2019) and African Journal of Economic and Management Studies (2019). He has just completed working on a co-authored journal article on the social impact of the Covid-19 pandemic that will be published shortly in a Special Issue of the Journal of Comparative Family Studies (2020). Clement is currently working on two projects on the youth and livelihoods in post land reform contexts as well as peasant production, food security and livelihoods in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. The study is funded by two research grants which he received in 2019 and 2020 from the Network of Young African Researchers in Agriculture (YARA) in collaboration with the David and Lucille Packard Foundation. Clement is a member of Anthropology Southern Africa, the Network of Young African Researchers in Agriculture (YARA) and the South African Sociological Association.