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Fay Hodza

Senior Lecturer: Development Studies, School of Social Science


Tel: +27 11 950 4302

Fax: +27 11 950 4088

Cell: +27 73 177 6639

  • Ph.D. in Human and Community Development (2012): University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA)
  • MSc. in Sociology and Social Anthropology (2003): University of Zimbabwe
  • BSc. in Sociology (2001): University of Zimbabwe
  • Diploma in Training Management (Institute of Personnel Management of Zimbabwe)
Teaching Commitments
  • Introduction to Development Studies
  • Development and the Developing Worldt
  • Sociology of Development
  • School of Social Science Internship
  • 2019: Community Impact Award, Monash South Africa
  • 2018: Research Associate, Political Economy Southern Africa (PESA).
  • 2017: “Here for Good” Community Engagement Award- Monash South Africa.
  • 2017: Appointed Chairperson of the Mogale City Crime Forum (MCCF).
  • 2013-2018: Ranked as an Excellent Sociology/Development Studies Lecturer (all semesters from 2013 to date), Monash South Africa.
  • 2013: Received Newcomer Award, Monash South Africa.
  • 2013: Small research grant, Monash South Africa.
  • 2012: Emerging Scholar Award, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • 2011: List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent, Center for Teaching Excellence, UIUC.
  • 2011-2012: HCD Dissertation Completion Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).
  • 2011: Susan Kahl Bates Leadership Development Award, College of Agricultural and Consumer Sciences at UIUC.
  • 2010: Rita and Arnold Goodman Fellowship, Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP) at UIUC.
  • 2008: Fulbright Fellowship, United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
  • 2008: Ernest Anderson Graduate Fellowship, Department of Human and Community Development, UIUC.
  • 2007: Africa University/Kellogg Foundation Youth Leadership Trainer, Kellogg Foundation Southern Africa.
Research Interests

Dr. Hodza’s research focuses on two areas namely, drugs and human security, and gender and sexuality in higher education contexts. The underlying thrust in all his work is a commitment to bridging the gap between theory and practice. Dr. Hodza interrogates traditional thinking and practices in illicit drug use interventions and in higher education. Below are brief descriptions of his current work at Monash South Africa:

  • Higher Education: Under this theme, Dr. Hodza’s research focuses on the gendered and sexualised nature of university and student life. Student interactions and identities are often interpreted and experienced in ways that reinforce the binary construction of gender and sexuality at most institutions of higher learning. Using Butler’s notion of heteronormativity, his research argues for a rethinking of gender and sexuality on university campuses and society in general. He argues for the re-definition of these concepts so as to create possibilities for the development of gender and sexuality policies that are inclusive and responsive to non-normative practices including LGBT students.
  • Drugs and human security: Dr. Hodza’s interest in this area of research is new and developing. He is particularly interested in the human security dimension of the use of illicit drugs in South Africa. Existing research portrays drug use as a criminological problem requiring an aggressive response from the criminal justice system (police, courts, and prisons). Hence, most approaches to responding to the problem of drugs rely on rapid raids and arrests at night. Dr. Hodza challenges this approach and argues that the human security perspective is a more productive approach because it moves beyond criminalisation and repression to addressing complex issues that aggravates problems of human insecurity such as social marginalisation, unemployment, hunger and homelessness.
Peer-reviewed Publications
  • Hodza, F. & Hadisi, S. (2019). Oil and gas threatened by conflict: The case of Mozambique. Political Economy Southern Africa (PESA) Regional Integration Monitor, p.11-15. Available at:
  • Hodza, F. & Rowe, C. (2018).  Learning Leaders in Grassroots Programs: Promoting Social Change through Appreciative Inquiry and Story-telling. International Journal of Appreciative Inquiry, 20(2), p.16-22. Doi:
  • Hodza, F. (2014). Localising the fight against illicit drug use in South Africa: A social development policy masterstroke? OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, 07(10), 33-44
  • Hodza, F. (2007). Managing the student-supervisor relationship for successful post-graduate supervision: A Sociological perspective. South African Journal of Higher Education 21 (8) 1155-1165.
  • Hodza, F. (2007). Gender and Leadership: Unpacking the social beliefs that hinder African women in their quest to assume leadership positions. Peace, Leadership, Gender and Development in Africa,Africa University Press.
Newspaper Articles and Chapters in Books
  • • Hodza, F. (2015). Beyond Heteronormativity: Doing Gender and Sexuality in University Contexts. In Van Schalkwyk, S & Gobodo- Madikizela (Ed). A reflexive inquiry into gender research: Towards a new paradigm of knowledge production. Cambridge Scholar Publishing. p. 27-46. ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-8514-0.
Research reports
  • 2000: Research Assistant: Rural livelihoods, craft fiber work and rural tourism in Nyanyadzi, Zimbabwe (Principal Investigator: Dr. P.P. Bongo).
  • 2002: Graduate Researcher: Prevalence of HIV/AIDS among students at the University of Zimbabwe, SHAPE Zimbabwe.
  • 2002: Research Consultant: Strengthening HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness programs in Bindura. Funded by the Humana People to People Movement in Zimbabwe.
  • 2006: Evaluation Consultant: Needs assessment of the Murahwa neighborhood in Mutare, City of Mutare- Local Agenda 21.
  • 2008: Evaluation Consultant: Evaluation of the Chimanimani Community Based Orphan Care program, Practical Action.
  • 2007-2008: Research Coordinator: WK Kellogg Foundation- Africa University Youth Programming Project, Zimbabwe (Principal Investigator: Dr. T. Chitepo).
  • 2007: Evaluation Consultant: Strengthening the banana value chain in Zimbabwe. The Netherlands Development Organization (SNV).
  • 2004-2007: Evaluation Consultant: Children’s supplementary feeding programs in Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Supported by Save the Children (UK), Farm Community Trust of Zimbabwe (FCTZ), and Stange Consult, Mozambique.
International Conference Presentations
  • Hodza, F. (2019). “Quitting” as the desired outcome in community drug intervention programs in South Africa: A sustainable strategy? 5th Contemporary Drug Problems Conference – 4-6 Sept 2019; Prato, Italy.
  • Hodza, F. & Chiremba, P. (2016). Global drug policy reform: Beyond the rhetoric of demand, supply and harm reduction. To be presented at the 10th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP), 16-18 May 2016, Sydney, Australia.
  • Hodza, F. (2014). Localising the fight against illicit drug use in South Africa: A social development policy masterstroke? International Conference on Sustainable Development. Richards Bay, 1-3 December 2014
  • Hodza, F. (October 2012). Gender and sexuality issues among university students: The case of a private institution of higher education in Zimbabwe. Presented at the African Perspectives Symposium, Bloemfontein: University of the Free State. (23 October).
  • Hodza, F. (May 2012). Addressing the crisis of youth homelessness: A qualitative analysis of Comprehensive Community Based Youth Services and Basic Center programs. Administration for Children and Families’ 2012 Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference (WREC), U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Washington DC.
  • Hodza, F. (April 2012). The control and institutionalized surveillance of homeless youth in crisis programs. 2nd Bi-Annual international symposium on vulnerable families. School of Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Hodza, F. (March 2012). Youth homelessness as a “social crisis.” Prospective Graduate Students Visiting Day Symposium, Department of Human and Community Development, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Hodza, F. (2011) Crisis interventions for homeless youth: The control and institutionalized surveillance of “dangerous” subjects. Association of Humanist Sociology (AHS) Annual Conference, Chicago.
  • Hodza, F. (2011). Revealing the invisible: Towards undoing heteronormative identity constructions of homeless youth. Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) Annual Conference, Las Vegas.
  • Hodza, F. (2011). The influence of gender, sexuality and power among homeless youth in rural Illinois and Zimbabwe. Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Symposium, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Hodza, F. (2009). Social entrepreneurship: Developing youth leadership in rural communities of Zimbabwe. Presented at the Fulbright Enrichment seminar, Chicago.
  • Hodza, F. (2007). Managing the student- supervisor relationship for successful postgraduate supervision: A Sociological Perspective Presented at the Stellenbosch International Conference on post-graduate supervision: University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.
  • Hodza, F. (2007). Action against HIV/AIDS: Elements of a comprehensive response to HIV/AIDS at the workplace in an African context. Presented at the Civic center, Mutare, Zimbabwe.
  • Hodza, F. (2006). Gender and Leadership: Unpacking the social beliefs and attitudes that hinder African women in their quest to assume leadership positions. Presented at the Africa University international conference on Peace, Leadership, Gender and Development in Africa, Zimbabwe.
  • Hodza, F. (2005). Breaking the myths: Conceptualization of the realities and synergies in rural development. Presented at the Africa University Rural Development Forum, Mutare, Zimbabwe.
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