Leon T. Mwamba

Ruth Murambadoro


Junior Research Fellow


Ruth Murambadoro joined GovInn as a Junior Researcher in January 2016. Her work focuses on transitional justice, reconciliation and alternative peacebuilding mechanisms.

Prior to joining GovInn, Ruth was an assistant lecturer in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria. She completed her masters in Political Sciences with distinction in 2014 at the University of Pretoria. Her thesis examined the politicisation of reconciliation in Zimbabwe using a case study of the Nkayi District, in Matabeleland North Province. She received her honors degree in international relations and a bachelor of political sciences degree from the same university in 2012 and 2010, respectively. She also holds postgraduate certificates in conflict management, political psychology, post-conflict transitions, and international justice from the International Peace and Security Institute (IPSI) and the Central European University. She attended study exchange programs studying at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations, Clingendael, the Johns Hopkins University SAIS Bologna Center, Italy and the Central European University, Budapest, in 2012, 2013 and 2015, respectively.

Ruth is a young scholar whose work has been recognised by the African Studies Association, USA and the African Studies Centre, Leiden. She received the African Studies Association Presidential Fellowship in 2015 and was shortlisted for the Africa Thesis Award in the same year. As the ASA Presidential fellow she presented lectures at the University of Louisville, Kentucky and a conference paper at the 58th ASA Conference in San Diego, California. She is also a recipient of the African Pathways NIHSS-CODESRIA doctoral fellowship (2015/16) and the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa fellowship (2015).

Ruth is currently pursuing her PhD in Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria, supervised by Dr Cori Wielenga and Prof Alois Mlambo.

Research Interests

  • Transitional justice,
  • Reconciliation,
  • Social cohesion,
  • Democracy,
  • Post-conflict recovery, and
  • Political psychology of conflict stricken communities in Africa.



Ruth’s publications can be viewed on the following links:

Kujenga Amani

Strategic Review for Southern Africa

African Journal on Conflict Resolution



Sylvia Graham

Junior Research Fellow


Sylvia GrahamSylvia attained her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science (International Studies) at the University of Pretoria in 2013 and completed her Honours degree in International Relations in 2014. She worked in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pretoria and later became an assistant lecturer, teaching Political Science and International Relations. Sylvia is also an avid student activist who was involved in the #FeesMustFall movement. She is currently reading towards a Masters in Political Science that focuses on the BRICS and how sustainability impacts global leadership aspirations.


Research interests