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Dr Cephas Mutami

Research Manager


Cephas, who joined PLAAS in 2022, obtained his PhD in Social Sciences at the University of Fort Hare in 2015. His studies focused on socio-economic transformation in rural Zimbabwe, with issues of livelihoods in distressed environments, agrarian policies and change in the context of rising vulnerabilities being core to his thesis. Prior to joining PLAAS, Cephas has gained considerable experience in evaluation practice, research design and management and academia. He has served over 5 years leading and managing evaluations in the non-profit sector, over two years as a research fellow at the North West University (Vaal campus) and over 6 years in higher education teaching and researching. His previous work focuses on designing and managing monitoring and evaluation frameworks, assessments and project management. Currently he is focusing on research management and accelerating impact of human-centric research which strengthen the livelihoods of the poor and marginalized communities.

Research Focus

Sustainable Livelihoods, Evidence based Social Transformation and Impact Measurement


  • PhD Social Sciences Development Studies (2015, University of Fort Hare)
  • Master of Social Sciences Development Studies (2010, University of Fort Hare)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation Methods (2013, University of Stellenbosch)
  • BSc Hons Rural and Urban Planning (2007, University of Zimbabwe)

Selected Publications