You are here

Marie-France Baron Bonarjee

Student Focus:

Land Reform in Zimbabwe, the political economy of agrarian transformation in the Global South, corporations and multinationals, value chains, markets, social movements, resistance, gender


Marie-France joined PLAAS in 2016 as a PhD student with Professor Ben Cousins as supervisor/ advisor. She completed her MPhil in Public Administration & Policy at the University of Bergen, Norway (2012). Prior to joining PLAAS Marie-France was a Research Associate at the African Institute for Agrarian Studies in Harare where her work focused on the redistributive impacts of Zimbabwe’s land reforms. She has worked as an independent researcher and policy analyst in Norway, Netherlands and Zimbabwe. She worked previously as a Chartered Shipbroker and Trader of international bulk commodities.

Stemming from insights gained during her professional life, her research engages with questions of power and influence in considering policies or initiatives which are likely to promote progressive socio-economic change. The configurations of interest, dynamics of resistance and repertoires of action which shape social movements are also key areas of interest.


MPhil. Public Administration. University of Bergen (UiB) Norway (2012)
Professional Qualifications. Institute of Chartered Shipbroker London (1995/2000)
BA – Hons. International trade & transport. University of London (1995)


  1. Zimbabwe: Agriculture Today - Seminar Paper presented at the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Zimbabwe, 25 March 2014
  2. Three Decades of Land Reform in Zimbabwe – Perspectives of Social Justice & Poverty Alleviation Seminar presented at the Bergen Resource Centre for International Development, Norway as part of the ‘Lets Be Fair’ seminar series, 24 October 2013.
  3. Good News From Zimbabwe’s Land Reform: Popular Empowerment and Poverty Alleviation. Review of Market Changes in Agricultural Commodity sectors 2008-2012 - Seminar Paper presented to Christian Michelsen Institute Bergen (Norway) Poverty & Empowerment Cluster, 30 September 2013.
  4. Explaining Agenda Setting & Radical Policy Change: Zimbabwe's Agrarian Reform 1980-1998. M Phil Dissertation - University of Bergen, Norway July 2012.