Abel Chikanda


Abel Chikanda
  • Joint appointment with African and African-American Studies
  • Associate Professor

Contact Info

Office Phone:
Lindley Hall, room #204
Bailey Hall, room #12E
University of Kansas
1475 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, Kansas 66045

Biography

Abel Chikanda is an Associate Professor of African and African-American Studies and Geography. He holds a Ph.D. in Geography with specialization in Migration and Ethnic Relations from the University of Western Ontario. Professor Chikanda's main research and teaching interests include migration and development, refugee movement, food security, international development and the informal sector in Africa. His current research focuses on the integration of African immigrants in the United States.

Professor Chikanda has published two books as co-editor, namely Diasporas, Development and Governance (Springer, 2016) and Mean Streets: Migration, Xenophobia, and Informality in South Africa (SAMP, ACC AND IDRC., 2015). He has also published articles in geography and African journals such as Migration Studies, Global Public Health, Social Science and Medicine, Population, Space & Place, The Canadian Geographer/Le Geographe Canadien, Canadian Journal for African Studies, African Geographical Review and Development Southern Africa. He has also consulted for several international organizations such as the World Health Organization and International Organisation for Migration's African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Observatory on Migration.

Prior to joining the University of Kansas in 2015, he held a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) postdoctoral fellowship at Queen's University and was a project coordinator at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. He also held teaching appointments at several universities in Canada including Western University, Queen's University, and the University of Waterloo.

Education

B.A. in Geography (Honours), University of Zimbabwe, 2000
Other in Geography, University of Zimbabwe, 2004
Ph.D. in Geography, University of Western Ontario, 2010, London, Ontario, Canada

Research

Research interests:

  • Migration and development
  • Immigration
  • Diasporas
  • Food security
  • Urban poverty
  • Informal sector
  • International development
  • Research methods
  • Africa

Selected Publications

Chikanda, A., & Morris, J. (2020). Assessing the Integration Outcomes of African Immigrants in the United States [Journal Articles]. African Geographical Review. Published. https://doi.org/10.1080/19376812.2020.1744455
Walton-Roberts, M., Crush, J., & Chikanda, A. (2019). Diasporas and Development [Book Chapters]. In M. Katharyne, R. Jones, & J. Fluri (Eds.), Handbook on Critical Geographies of Migration (pp. 290–302). Edward Elgar Publishing.
Crush, J., & Chikanda, A. (2019). South-South Migration and Diasporas [Book Chapters]. In E. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh & P. Daley (Eds.), The Handbook of South-South Relations (pp. 380–396). Routledge. https://www.crcpress.com/Routledge-Handbook-of-South-South-Relations/Fiddian-Qasmiyeh-Daley/p/book/9781138652002. ISBN 9781138652002
Chikanda, A. (2019). An Analysis of Forced Migration from Zimbabwe [Journal Articles]. Migration Studies, 7(1), 59–82. https://doi.org/10.1093/migration/mnx067
Chikanda, A., & Crush, J. (2019). South-South Cross-Border Medical Flows in Southern Africa [Journal Articles]. Global Public Health, 14(3), 326–339. https://doi.org/10.1080/17441692.2017.1414288
Chikanda, A., & Crush, J. (2018). Global Zimbabweans: Diaspora Engagement and Disengagement [Journal Articles]. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 19(4), 1037–1057. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12134-018-0582-0
Crush, J., & Chikanda, A. (2018). Staunching the Flow: The Brain Drain and Health Professional Retention Strategies in South Africa. [Book Chapters]. In M. Czaika (Ed.), High-Skilled Migration: Drivers and Policies (pp. 337–359). Oxford University Press.
Chikanda, A., Crush, J., & Frayne, B. (2018). Migration and Urbanization: Consequences for Food Security [Book Chapters]. In B. Frayne, J. Crush, & C. McCordic (Eds.), Food and Nutrition Security in Southern African Cities (pp. 48–65). Earthscan/Routledge.
Chikanda, A., Crush, J., & Frayne, B. (2018). Migration and Urbanization: Consequences for Food Security [Book Chapters]. In B. Frayne, J. Crush, & C. McCordic (Eds.), Food and Nutrition Security in Southern African Cities (pp. 48–65). Earthscan/Routledge.
Chikanda, A., & Raimundo, I. (2017). Informal Entrepreneurship and Cross-Border Trade Between Mozambique and South Africa [Journal Articles]. African Human Mobility Review, 3(2), 943–974.
Tawodzera, G., & Chikanda, A. (2017). Linking Harare and Johannesburg through Informal Cross-Border Entrepreneurship [Journal Articles]. African Human Mobility Review, 3(2), 910–942.
Crush, J., Tawodzera, G., Chikanda, A., & Tevera, D. (2017). The Owners of Xenophobia: Zimbabwean Informal Enterprise and Xenophobic Violence in South Africa [Journal Articles]. African Human Mobility Review, 3(2), 879–909.
Crush, J., Tawodzera, G., Chikanda, A., Ramachandran, S., & Tevera, D. (2017). The Double Crisis: Mass Migration from Zimbabwe and Xenophobic Violence in South Africa [Reports]. International Centre for Migration Policy Development, MIGRANTS IN COUNTRIES IN CRISIS (MICIC) PROJECT. https://micicinitiative.iom.int/sites/default/files/resource_pub/docs/sa_case_study_final.pdf
Crush, J., & Chikanda, A. (2017). Mutual Antagonisms: Why the South African Diaspora and the South African Government Are Not Engaged [Book Chapters]. In J. Mangala (Ed.), Africa and its Global Diaspora: The Policy and Politics of Emigration. (pp. 331–357). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-50053-9_12
Chikanda, A., Crush, J., & Walton-Roberts, M. (Eds.). (2016). Diasporas, Development and Governance [Books]. Springer International Publishing. http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319221649
Labonte, R., Sanders, D., Mathole, T., Crush, J., Chikanda, A., Dambisya, Y., Runnels, V., Packer, C., MacKenzie, A., Tomblin Murphy, G., & Bourgeault, I. L. (2015). Health worker migration from South Africa: Causes, consequences and policy responses [Journal Articles]. Human Resources for Health, 13(92). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12960-015-0093-4
Crush, J., Chikanda, A., & Skinner, C. (Eds.). (2015). Mean Streets: Migration, Xenophobia and Informality in South Africa [Books]. Southern African Migration Programme and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). http://www.africanbookscollective.com/books/mean-streets
Crush, J., Chikanda, A., & Tawodzera, G. (2015). The Third Wave: Mixed Migration from Zimbabwe to South Africa [Journal Articles]. Canadian Journal for African Studies, 49(2), 363–382. https://doi.org/10.1080/00083968.2015.1057856
Crush, J., & Chikanda, A. (2015). South-South Medical Tourism and the Cross-Border Search for Health in Southern Africa [Journal Articles]. Social Science and Medicine, 124, 313–320. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.06.025
Crush, J., Chikanda, A., Sanders, D., & Maswikwa, B. (2015). The Rise of Medical Tourism to South Africa [Book Chapters]. In N. Lunt, J. Hanefeld, & D. Horsfall (Eds.), The Elgar Handbook on Medical Tourism and Patient Mobility (pp. 323–331). Edward Elgar.
Chikanda, A. (2015). Zimbabwe: histoire des migrations internationals (Zimbabwe: An International Migration History) [Book Chapters]. In G. Simon (Ed.), Dictionary of international migration. Geohistorical approach (Dictionnaire des migrations internationals: Approche géohistorique) (pp. 359–362). Armand Colin.
Chikanda, A., & Crush, J. (2014). Diasporas of the South [Book Chapters]. In R. Anich, J. Crush, S. Melde, & J. O. Oucho (Eds.), A New Perspective on Human Mobility in the South (pp. 65–88). Springer. http://www.springer.com/social+sciences/population+studies/book/978-94-017-9022-2
Chikanda, A., & Crush, J. (2014). The Geography of Refugee Flows into Zimbabwe [Journal Articles]. African Geographical Review. Published. https://doi.org/10.1080/19376812.2014.933706
Chikanda, A. (2013). Review of the book The Migration-Displacement Nexus: Patterns, Processes and Policies by edited by Khalid Koser and Susan Martin. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books [Book Reviews Review of the book The Migration-Displacement Nexus: Patterns, Processes and Policies by edited by Khalid Koser and Susan Martin. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books]. Population, Space and Place, 19(1), 124–126. https://doi.org/10.1002/psp.1707
Crush, J., Eberhardt, C., Caesar, M., Chikanda, A., Pendleton, W., & Hill, A. (2012). Diasporas on the Web: New Networks, New Methodologies [Book Chapters]. In C. Vargas-Silva (Ed.), Handbook of Research Methods on Migration (pp. 345–365). Edward Elgar Publishing. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781781005231
Crush, J., Chikanda, A., & Pendleton, W. (2012). The Disengagement of the South African Medical Diaspora in Canada [Journal Articles]. Journal of Southern African Studies, 38(4), 927–949. https://doi.org/10.1080/03057070.2012.741811
Chikanda, A. (2011). The Changing Patterns of Physician Migration from Zimbabwe [Journal Articles]. Journal of International Migration, Health and Social Care, 7(2), 77–92. https://doi.org/10.1108/17479891111180057
Chikanda, A. (2011). The Engagement of the Zimbabwean Medical Diaspora [Reports]. SARC: Queen’s University and Idasa.
Chikanda, A. (2010). The Political Economy of Migration from Southern Africa: The Case of Medical Doctors [Journal Articles]. OpenSpace, 3(3), 24–29.
Chikanda, A. (2009). Environmental Degradation in sub-Saharan Africa [Book Chapters]. In I. N. Luginaah & E. K. Yanful (Eds.), Environment and Health in Sub-Saharan Africa: Managing an Emerging Crisis (pp. 79–94). Springer Science Business Media B.V.
Chikanda, A. (2007). Medical Migration from Zimbabwe in the Post-ESAP Era: Magnitude, Causes and Impact on the Poor [Journal Articles]. Development Southern Africa, 24(1), 47–60. https://doi.org/10.1080/03768350601165850
Chikanda, A. (2006). Skilled Health Professionals’ Migration and its Impact on Health Delivery in Zimbabwe [Journal Articles]. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 32(4), 667–680. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691830600610064
Chikanda, A. (2005). Nurse Migration from Zimbabwe: Analysis of Recent Trends and Impacts [Journal Articles]. Nursing Inquiry, 12(3), 162–174. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-1800.2005.00273.x

Selected Presentations

Chikanda, A. (4/7/2019 - 4/7/2019). Integrating African Refugees in the American Midwest in Changing Times. Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting 2019. Omni Hotel, Washington, D.C
Chikanda, A. (4/9/2017 - 4/9/2017). Feeding Cities of the Global South: The State of Food Insecurity in Harare, Zimbabwe. Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting 2017. Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA
Chikanda, A., & Morris, J. (3/29/2017 - 3/29/2017). Assessing the Integration Outcomes of the African-Born Population in the United States. Center for Migration Studies Research Lecture. Kansas Union, University of Kansas
Chikanda, A. (3/9/2017 - 3/9/2017). Executive Orders, Immigration and Refugees: Effect on Refugees and Immigrants. KU Center for Global and International Studies, Global Headline Series. Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union, University of Kansas
Chikanda, A., & Tawodzera, G. (2/9/2015 - 2/9/2015). Cross Border Trade and Informal Entrepreneurs in South Africa: The Case of Cross Border Traders from Harare. University of Cape Town, Cape Town. http://www.afsun.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/NewGICReport.pdf
Chikanda, A. (5/27/2013 - 5/28/2013). Engaging the Global Zimbabwean Diaspora. Presentation at the conference on Diasporas, Development and Governance in the Global South, Balsillie School of International Affairs. Waterloo, ON. http://www.cigionline.org/sites/default/files/Diasporas%2C%20Development%20and%20Governance%20in%20the%20South%20Conference%20%28Revised%20Report%29.pdf

Awards & Honors

International Doctoral Research Award ($20,000)
IDRC
2007

Grants & Other Funded Activity

Chronic Conditions: Knowing, Seeing & Healing the Body in Global Africa. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (John E. Sawyer Seminars on the Comparative Study of Cultures). $225000.00. Submitted 3/20/2018 (6/1/2018 - 6/30/2019). Foundation. Status: Funded
Hungry Cities Partnership. International Partnership for Sustainable Societies (IPaSS), Joint funding from SSHRC and IDRC. $2500000.00. (4/1/2014 - 3/31/2019). Not-for-Profit (not Foundation). Status: Funded. Role: Co-Applicant and Project Manager. Duties: Managing research project involving partners from seven countries