papers Tavengwa Chitata

Two new papers from our Tavengwa Chitata

What’s better than one new publication? Two! Congratulations to Tavengwa Chitata on his success in getting two new papers out.

Tavengwa Chitata is one of our Grantham Scholars. He researches small scale irrigation infrastructure. Specifically, he examines how it contributes to sustainable livelihoods and ecosystems in rural areas of Africa. One of his co-supervisors is Professor Vanessa Speight, a water expert who sits on our management board.

If you look at his profile you’ll see he’s published a lot of papers already, nine since 2019. Here we’ll outline his recent two publications and give links on where to find them.

Engaging and learning with water infrastructure: Rufaro Irrigation Scheme, Zimbabwe

This paper focuses on changes made in the form and materiality of water infrastructure in a smallholder irrigation scheme in Zimbabwe. It uses a focus on sociotechnical tinkering as a practical entry point to exploring how these changes matter in shaping knowledges and relationships in irrigated agriculture. By using ethnographic methods, it shows how history and politics matter in shaping the possibilities of rearranging infrastructure.

It is published in Water Alternatives. Read: Engaging and learning with water infrastructure.

Can the application of item response theory improve the quality of survey items for assessing human fingerprints on climate change?

The objective of this study was to use the item response theory to improve the quality of survey items used in research on the human fingerprint of climate change in the Beitbridge district, Zimbabwe.

This paper is in Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa. Read: Can the application of item response theory improve the quality of survey items for assessing human fingerprints on climate change?


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