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Dr Shepherd Mutsvara

Affiliated Senior Researcher

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Dr. Shepherd Mutsvara's Bio

Shepherd Mutsvara is a Research Affiliate with the Migration Law Research Group at Ghent University. His research focuses on the refugee definition, EU asylum law and border externalization. His wider research interests include economic migration, racism and discrimination in the context of human (im)mobility, and Africa’s refugee policy and protection. Shepherd holds a PhD in Political Sciences and Administration from the University of the National Education Commission in Krakow (UKEN) and an LLM in Public International Law from the University of London. Besides being a member of the editorial team for the Encyclopedia for Migration Law, an initiative of the Kluwer Law Online, Shepherd is also a Mentor in the Displaced Scholars Peer Mentoring Program provided by the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW Sydney.

Dr. Shepherd Mutsvara's Featured Publications

  • Mutsvara, S., (2023). Reflexive Narrative on Identity and Exclusion of the Zimbabwean Child in the Diaspora: The Odd Looking Fellow, in Global Migration and Diversity of Educational Experiences in the Global South and North (eds) Shoba Arun, Khawla Badwan, Hadjer Taibi, Farwa Batool (2023)

  • Kugonza, G., & Mutsvara, S. (2022). Psychosocial Support and Protection for Refugee and Host Communities in Uganda: A Needs Assessment, Afrika Focus, 35(1), 5-18

  • Mutsvara, S., & Kugonza, G. (2022) Refugee Camps in East Africa: A curse of lost heritage and cultural identity of the Banyarwanda in Uganda, in Żukowski, A (ed) Współczesne wyzwania Afryki. Klimat, demografia i polityka pg. 135-157 ISBN 978-83-66259-32-4

  • Mutsvara, S., (2022) Race, Diversity and Inclusion, in Untold Stories Forgotten Places of Memory Educational Material pg.63-67, Humanity in Action Poland (ed) Larysa Michalska

  • Mutsvara, S., (2022) When the periphery comes to the centre: Mapping out the securitarian approach to migration in Poland, Annales Universitatis Paedagogicae Cracoviensis. Studia de Securitate. 12 (2), 152-166

Dr. Shepherd Mutsvara's Publications

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Dr. Shepherd Mutsvara's Professional positions

  • PhD in Political Science, Institute of Political Sciences, Pedagogical University of Krakow and Human Rights Centre, Ghent University (Nov 2020 – ongoing…)
  • Migration Letters Journal peer reviewer
  • Refugee Review ESPMI online Journal (Volunteer peer reviewer)
  • Junior Officer (Remote Intern) – Trust Development Consultancy (Turkey)

Dr. Shepherd Mutsvara's Education

University Degrees

  • PhD in Political Sciences and Administration, University of the National Education Commission in Krakow (UKEN) (2024)
  • LL. M: Public International Law Merit, University of London (2019)
  • Post Grad. Dip in Laws Distinction, University of London (2018)
  • Post Grad. Cert in Laws Distinction, University of London (2017)
  • LL. B: Bachelor of Laws, University of South Africa (2013)
  • Dip in Education, University of Zimbabwe  (2000)

Dr. Shepherd Mutsvara's Sideline Activities / Memberships

  • Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law:  Emerging Scholars Network Africa Research Group.
  • Research Affiliate at Refugee Law Initiative: Member in the Working Group on Externalisation
Dr. Shepherd Mutsvara's work details
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Dr. Shepherd Mutsvara's expertise
  • Migrant and refugee rights


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