Hi! My name is Oliver Mutanga (PhD)-Higher Education, Disability and Health Researcher. I have a PhD in Development Studies (with a focus on Disability) and a Masters in Development Studies (specialising in Migration) both from the University of the Free State in South Africa. Additionally, I have a Bachelor of Science Honours in Politics and Administration from the University of Zimbabwe. Currently, I am based at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo in Norway as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow. Southern Africa (Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe) is my research focus area. I give Qualitative Research and HIV lectures to Masters and PhD researchers at the Faculty of Medicine.

Since 2003, I have been researching on social issues (disability, education, HIV, migration, poverty). Prior to joining the University of Oslo, I worked in Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, and in Italy. I have been awarded three Fellowships: Prestige Doctoral Fellowship (2013-2015) by the University of the Free State, South Africa; CICOPS Fellowship (2015) by the University of Pavia, Italy and the Marie Curie Fellowship by the European Commission and the University of Oslo’s Faculty of Medicine. I have done consultancy work (higher education, reproductive and sexual issues, disability, migration) for private and public institutions as well as NGOs.

In the near future I will venture into producing documentaries about dementia and disability in rural Zimbabwe.