Victor Gwande profile
Victor is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow, working towards his first monograph entitled 'Interest Group Politics and the State: The Political Economy of Manufacturing in Colonial Zimbabwe, 1890–1979', which examines both the actions of the industrialists, other economic interest groups and the state in pushing the trajectory of industrialization in colonial Zimbabwe.

He also holds a BA (Hons) Economic History from the University of Zimbabwe (2010) and an MA Africa Studies (with a Distinction) from the University of the Free State (2015). His research interests are in business and economic history, Southern African history, youth, politics, governance and democracy issues. He also has a personal interest in trade-union movements and labour relations and has published in regional and international journals.


‘Gateway to national economic and social development? An analysis of the uses and abuses of the Zimbabwe national youth service in relation to the African youth charter’, Commonwealth Youth and Development, 14, 1 (2016), 65 – 77, with Sylvester Dombo.

'By whatever means necessary! Surviving in Post 2000 Zimbabwe', African Historical Review, 49, 1 (2017), 93-107.

'Settler Colonialism and Secondary Industry: Southern Rhodesia before and after UDI', African Economic History, 45, 2 (2017), 85-112, with Ian Phimister.

‘Federation, Factories and Foreign Capital: Economic Growth in Southern Rhodesia, 1953-1956’, International Journal of African Historical Studies, 52, 2 (2019), 231-253.

Book Review: 'Jan Theron, Solidarity Road: The story of a trade union in the ending of apartheid, Auckland Park: Jacana Media, 2016', African Historical Review, 49, 1 (2017).

Book Review: ‘The Politics and Economics of Decolonisation in Africa: The Failed Experiment of the Central African Federation, by Andrew Cohen', The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 45, 6 (2017).

Book Review: ‘Zimbabwe’s predatory state: Party, military and business, by Jabusile M. Shumba. Pietermaritzburg: UKZN Press, 2018’, in African Affairs, 118, 472 (2019), 601–602.


  • UFS Merit Award for graduating with Distinction
  • Fellow in the Summer Programme in Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, USA, 2020-2021.


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