Abel Chikanda
Abel Chikanda
Associate Professor
General Science Building, Rm 305
(905) 546-0463

Dr. Abel Chikanda is an Associate Professor in the School of Earth, Environment & Society (EES) at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He received his PhD in Geography from Western University in 2006 and was an Assistant / Associate Professor at the University of Kansas between 2015 and 2022. Prior to that, he was a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at Queen’s University (2010-2012) and Research Coordinator at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (2013-2015). He also worked as a lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe (2004-2006). His recent research has focused on African immigrant integration and the role of diasporas in developing their countries of origin. His current research seeks to explore the ways in which African cities can build sustainable and resilient food systems. He is an active member of the Southern African Migration Programme (SAMP), the African Urban Food Network (AFSUN), the Hungry Cities Partnership (HCP) and the Migration and Food Security (MiFOOD) research networks.

Africa; Diasporas; Food Security; Immigrant Integration; Informal Sector; Migration and Development; Urban Poverty

  • ENVSOCTY 3RA3: Human Geographies of Africa

Publications on Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=GxruDvQAAAAJ&hl=en

Selected Publications

Chikanda, A. (2022). Migration Intermediaries and the Migration of Health Professionals from the Global South. In M. Walton-Roberts (Ed.), Global Migration, Gender and Professional Credentials: Transnational Value Transfers and Losses (pp. 167-186). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Chikanda, A. (2022). Refugee Resettlement in the American Midwest in Challenging Times. GeoJournal, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10708-022-10665-w

Chikanda, A. & Morris, S.J. (2020). Assessing the integration outcomes of African immigrants in the United States, African Geographical Review, 40(1): 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1080/19376812.2020.1744455.

Chikanda, A., Crush, J. and Tawodzera, G. (2020). Urban food security and South-South migration to cities of the Global South. In J. Crush, B. Frayne and G. Haysom (Eds.), International Handbook on Urban Food Security in the Global South (pp.261-281). Cheltenham Edward Elgar Publishing.

Crush, J., & Chikanda, A. (2019). South-South Migration and Diasporas. In E. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh & P. Daley, The Handbook of South-South Relations (pp. 380-396). London: Routledge.

Walton-Roberts, M., Crush, J., & Chikanda, A. (2019). Diasporas and Development. In M. Katharyne, R. Jones, & J. Fluri, Handbook on Critical Geographies of Migration (pp. 290-302). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Chikanda, A., & Crush, J. (2019). South-South Cross-Border Medical Flows in Southern Africa. Global Public Health, 14(3), 326-339. https://doi.org/10.1080/17441692.2017.1414288

Chikanda, A. (2019). An Analysis of Forced Migration from Zimbabwe. Migration Studies, 7(1), 59-82. https://doi.org/10.1093/migration/mnx067

Chikanda, A., & Crush, J. (2018). Global Zimbabweans: Diaspora Engagement and Disengagement. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 19(4), 1037-1057. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12134-018-0582-0

Chikanda, A., Crush, J., & Frayne, B. (2018). Migration and Urbanization: Consequences for Food Security. In B. Frayne, J. Crush, & C. McCordic, Food and Nutrition Security in Southern African Cities (pp. 48-65). New York: Earthscan/Routledge.

Crush, J., & Chikanda, A. (2018). Staunching the Flow: The Brain Drain and Health Professional Retention Strategies in South Africa. In M. Czaika, High-Skilled Migration: Drivers and Policies (pp. 337-359). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Chikanda, A., & Raimundo, I. (2017). Informal Entrepreneurship and Cross-Border Trade Between Mozambique and South Africa. African Human Mobility Review, 3(2), 943-974. https://doi.org/10.14426/ahmr.v3i2.833

Crush, J., Tawodzera, G., Chikanda, A., & Tevera, D. (2017). The Owners of Xenophobia: Zimbabwean Informal Enterprise and Xenophobic Violence in South Africa. African Human Mobility Review, 3(2), 879-909. https://doi.org/10.14426/ahmr.v3i2.831

Tawodzera, G., & Chikanda, A. (2017). Linking Harare and Johannesburg through Informal Cross-Border Entrepreneurship. African Human Mobility Review, 3(2), 910-942. https://doi.org/10.14426/ahmr.v3i2.832

Crush, J., & Chikanda, A. (2017). Mutual Antagonisms: Why the South African Diaspora and the South African Government Are Not Engaged. In J. Mangala, Africa and its Global Diaspora: The Policy and Politics of Emigration. (pp. 331-357). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-50053-9_12

Chikanda, A., Crush, J., & Walton-Roberts, M. (Eds.) (2016). Diasporas, Development and Governance. New York: Springer International Publishing. http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319221649 ISBN: 978-3-319-22164-9

Chikanda, A., Crush, J., & Walton-Roberts, M. (2016). Introduction: Disaggregating Diasporas, Development, Governance. In A. Chikanda, J. Crush, & M. Walton-Roberts, Diasporas, Development and Governance (pp. 1-18). New York: Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-22165-6_1

Crush, J., Chikanda, A., & Tawodzera, G. (2016). The Making of a Southern Diaspora: South-South Migration and Zimbabweans in South Africa. In A. Chikanda, J. Crush, & M. Walton-Roberts, Diasporas, Development and Governance (pp. 221-238). New York: Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-22165-6_14

Crush, J., Chikanda, A. & Skinner, C. (Eds.). (2015). Mean Streets: Migration, Xenophobia and Informality in South Africa. Cape Town and Nairobi: Southern African Migration Programme and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctvh8r45r

Crush, J., Chikanda, A., & Skinner, C. (2015). Introduction: Informal Migrant Entrepreneurship in Urban South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. In J. Crush, A. Chikanda, & C. Skinner, Mean Streets: Migration, Xenophobia and Informality in South Africa (pp. 1-24). Cape Town and Nairobi: Southern African Migration Programme and International Development Research Centre (IDRC). https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctvh8r45r.5

Peberdy, S., Crush, J., Tevera, D., Campbell, E., Zindela, N., Raimundo, I., Green, T., Chikanda, A., & Tawodzera, G. (2015). Transnational Entrepreneurship and Informal Cross Border Trade with South Africa. In J. Crush, A. Chikanda, & C. Skinner, Mean Streets: Migration, Xenophobia and Informality in South Africa (pp. 207-228). Cape Town and Nairobi: Southern African Migration Programme and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctvh8r45r.16

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. Human Resources for Health, 13(92). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12960-015-0093-4

Crush, J., Chikanda, A., & Tawodzera, G. (2015). The Third Wave: Mixed Migration from Zimbabwe to South Africa. Canadian Journal for African Studies, 49(2), 363-82. 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. Social Science and Medicine, 124, 313-320. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.06.025

Chikanda, A., & Dodson, B. (2015). Medical Migration from Zimbabwe: Towards New Solutions? In N. I. Luginaah & R. Bezner-Kerr, Geographies of Health and Development (pp. 281-295). Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate.

Crush, J., Chikanda, A., Sanders, D., & Maswikwa, B. (2015). The Rise of Medical Tourism to South Africa. In N. Lunt, J. Hanefeld, & D. Horsfall, The Elgar Handbook on Medical Tourism and Patient Mobility (pp. 323-331). London: Edward Elgar.

Chikanda, A. (2015). Zimbabwe: histoire des migrations internationals (Zimbabwe: An International Migration History). In G. Simon, Dictionary of international migration. Geohistorical approach (Dictionnaire des migrations internationals: Approche géohistorique) (pp. 359-362). Paris: Armand Colin.

Chikanda, A., & Crush, J. (2014). The Geography of Refugee Flows into Zimbabwe. African Geographical Review, 35(1): 18-34. https://doi.org/10.1080/19376812.2014.933706

Chikanda, A., & Crush, J. (2014). Diasporas of the South. In R. Anich, J. Crush, S. Melde, & J. O. Oucho, A New Perspective on Human Mobility in the South (pp. 65-88). New York: Springer.

Crush, J., & Chikanda, A. (2014). Forced Migration in Southern Africa. In E. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, G. Loescher, K. Long, & N. Sigona, The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (pp. 554-570). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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