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Dr Gaynor Paradza

Senior Researcher

Dr Gaynor Paradza

Gaynor Paradza holds a PhD in Law and Governance (Wageningen)  and an MSc in Rural and Urban Planning  (University of Zimbabwe).  She is a Land Governance expert with more than 15 years’ experience in capacity development, research and policy development in relation to land tenure, gender mainstreaming, rural and urban development planning, local, government administration and management, agriculture value chain analysis, research design and analysis, and publication on land and agrarian issues and livelihood issues.  Gaynor has experience in international national, provincial and local level government in Sub-Saharan Africa. Dr Paradza has managed regional policy programmes and disseminated information through advocacy and extensive participation in conferences and publications.



Chigbu, U.E.,  G. Paradza and W. Dachaga (2019) ‘Differentiations in Women’s Land Tenure Experiences: Implications for Women’s Land Access and Tenure Security in Sub-Saharan Africa’. Land 8(2):22  Special Issue Land, Land Use and Social Issues.

Paradza, G. and E. Sulle (2015) ‘Agrarian Struggles in Mozambique Sugar Cane Plantations’ in R. Hall, I. Scoones and D. Tsikata (eds) Africa’s Land Rush. Rural Livelihoods and Agrarian Change. Oxford: James Currey Publishers.

Greenberg, S. and G. Paradza (2013)Smallholders and the “Walmart Effect” in South Africa’ in S. Greenberg (ed.)  Smallholders and Agro-food Value Chains in South Africa in South Africa Emerging Practices, Emerging Challenges, pp. 54-65 .

Aliber, M., T. Maluleke, T. Manenzhe, G. Paradza and B. Cousins (2013) Livelihoods After Land Reform – Trajectories of Change in Northern Limpopo Province. South Africa: HSRC.

Paradza G. G. (2012) ‘Women’s Quest to Secure Food in Post Conflict East Africa’ in Food for the City. A Future for the Metropolis, pp. 218–24 . NAI/Stroom:Den Haag.

Makura-Paradza G.G. (2010) Single Women, Land and Livelihood Vulnerability in the Communal Areas of Zimbabwe. Wageningen Publishers: Wageningen.

Paradza G.G. (2010) ‘Single Women’s experiences of HIV and AIDS in the rural areas of Zimbabwe’ in Niehof, Rugalema and Gillespie (eds) AIDS and Rural Livelihoods. Dynamics and Diversity in sub-Saharan Africa, pp. 77–95. Earthscan.

Paradza G. G. (2009) ‘Intergenerational Struggles over Urban Housing: The impact on Livelihoods of the Elderly in Zimbabwe’. Gender and Development 17 (3): 417–26.

Kakuru, D. and G. Paradza (2007) ‘Reflections on the use of the life history method in researching rural African women: field experiences from Uganda and Zimbabwe’. Gender and Development, 15(2): 287–97.