Centre for European and International Studies Research

PhD profile

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Mr Ottis Mubaiwa

  • Qualifications: BA (Hons) International Development Studies, Masters in Research (MRes) International Relations (University of Portsmouth)
  • Role Title: PhD Candidate
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
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  • Email: ottis.mubaiwa@port.ac.uk
  • Department: Centre for European and International Studies Research
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I conduct research in the field of international development, and have a particular interest on harmful cultural practices such as Bride Price, Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage. My current research explores why bride price continues and will compare and contrast how it is observed across three contexts; rural Zimbabwe, urban Harare and in the diaspora of Birmingham. In order to ascertain if changes have occurred in how and why it is practiced but also consider if any changes reflect shifts in  family structures and the respective roles of married men and women.

There are little documented studies to provide reasons for the continuation of the practice or that seek to understand wider shifts in marriage patterns and gendered expectations. The thesis is situated in a clear knowledge gap. My decision for focusing on bride price is because it represents a vehicle in to understanding and exploring changes in patterns of gender relations within family structures and more widely across society. This of course involves looking at the shifting make up of families across the settings of this study as well as probing the ways in which bride price is observed.  Whilst undertaking my PhD, I also work as a Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth and I teach across the development studies course.


Discipline Areas

  • International Development 
  • Anthropology
  • Area Studies

Research Clusters

  • International Development Studies and Security Issues (IDSSC)
  • Women’s and Gender Studies