Richard G Saunders

Department of Political Science

Associate Professor

Office: Ross Building, S639
Phone: (416) 736-2100 Ext: 88834
Emailrsaunder@yorku.ca

Degrees


Research Interests

African Studies , Politics and Government , Development Political Economy, Extractive Resources, Civil Society and Democratisation

All Publications

Books

Facets of Power: Politics, Profits and People in the Making of Zimbabwe's Blood Diamonds R. Saunders & T. Nyamunda, eds. Harare: Weaver Press, 2016

Never the Same Again: Zimbabwe’s Growth Towards Democracy, 1980-2000 Harare: ESP, 2000

Dancing Out of Tune: A History of the Media in Zimbabwe Harare: ESP, 1999

Business Development with New and Emerging Technology in Resource Industries of Southern Africa. S. Tiffin, F. Osotimehin and R. Saunders. Paris: OECD Development Centre, 1992

Book Chapters

"Holding Ground: Community, Companies and Resistance in Chiadzwa", R. Saunders and M. Chiponda, in Saunders and Nyamunda, eds. Facets of Power: Politics, Profits and People in the Making of Zimbabwe's Blood Diamonds. Harare: Weaver, 2016

"Trade Union Struggles for Autonomy and Democracy in Zimbabwe", Jon Kraus (ed), Trade Unions and the Coming of Democracy in Africa, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007

“Mugabe, Gramsci and Zimbabwe at 25” (with John S. Saul), in John S. Saul, The Next Liberation Struggle: Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy in Southern Africa, Toronto/Scottsvile/New York/London: Between the Lines/UKZN Press/Monthly Review Press/Merlin Press, 2005

“Striking Ahead: Industrial Action and Labour Movement Development in Zimbabwe”, in Brian Raftopoulos and Lloyd Sachikonye (eds), Striking Back: The Labour Movement and the Post-Colonial State in Zimbabwe 1980-2000, Harare: Weaver Press, 2001

Journal Articles

“Geologies of Power: Blood Diamonds, Security Politics and Zimbabwe’s Troubled Transition”, Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Vol. 32 No.3 (July 2014) 378-394

“Zimbabwe: Liberation Nationalism – old and born-again”, Review of African Political Economy ,Vol. 38 No.1 (March 2011) 117-128

“Crisis, Capital, Compromise: Mining and Empowerment in Zimbabwe”, African Sociological Review (Special Issue: South Africa in Africa), Vol.12, No.1 (December 2008)

“South African Corporations and post-Apartheid Expansion in Africa: creating a new regional space” , R. Saunders, D. Miller and O. Oloyede, African Sociological Review (Special Issue: South Africa in Africa), Vol.12, No.1 (December 2008)

“South Africa in Africa: Restructuring and Resistance” (Editorial), and “Painful Paradoxes: Mining, Crisis and Regional Capital in Zimbabwe”, At Issue E-Zine (Africa Files, Toronto, May-September 2008

“Labor, the State and the Struggle for a Democratic Zimbabwe”, P. Bond and R. Saunders, Monthly Review Vol.57, Issue 7 (December 2005): 42-55

Conference Papers

“High Value Minerals and Low Growth Outcomes: Mining, Resource Mobilisation and the State in Zimbabwe”, paper presented in the panel, ‘An African Developmental State? Evidence, Trends and Contemporary Debates’, African Studies Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, November 2015

“Extracting Value from Crisis: Bargains, benefits and South African investment in Zimbabwe’s minerals sector”, paper presented in the conference, ‘South Africa after Apartheid: Critical Reflections’, Carleton University, Ottawa, September 2014

“Curses, Truths and Falsehoods: A Diamond ‘Resource Curse’ in Zimbabwe?”, presented at African Public Policy and Research Institute conference, “Locating Minerals in the Political Economy Policy Debate”, Pretoria, South Africa, October 2013

“Policy, Practice and Realities of Indigenisation in Zimbabwe’s Minerals Sector”, presented in the panel, “International Comparisons: Southern Africa and Latin America”, in the conference, ‘Meanings of Marikana: The Rise of the South African Platinum Mining Industry and the Nature of the Post-Apartheid Order’, SWOP/University of the Witwatersrand and Review of African Political Economy, Johannesburg, South Africa, September 2013

“Geographies of Fractured Power: Blood Diamonds, Security Politics and Zimbabwe’s Troubled Transition”, presented on the panel “Security and Terrorism”, African Studies Association 53rd Annual Meeting, San Francisco, November 2010

“Resources: Cursed or Blessed Political Economies?”, presented at the conference, ‘”Progress” in Zimbabwe’, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, November 2010

“Strengthening African Civil Society Organisations through University Web-based Learning”, presented at the conference, 'Access to Learning for Development', Fifth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning, London, UK, July 2008

“The Press and Politics in Zimbabwe”, presented at the conference, ‘21st Century Africa: Evolving Conceptions of Human Rights’, African Studies Association, New York City, October 2007

“Zimbabwe: State Militarisation and Civic Responses”, presented at the conference, ‘10 Years of Democracy in Southern Africa’, Queens University/University of South Africa, Kingston, Ontario, May 2004

Other

Four biographical and historical essays on Thomas Mapfumo, Peter Niesewand, Judith Todd and the "Willowgate" scandal in, Derek Jones (ed.), Censorship: a World Encyclopaedia, UK: Fitzroy Dearborn, December 2001

Current Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall 2017 AP/POLS4575 3.0  The Politics of Southern Africa SEMR  

Degrees

Research Interests:

African Studies , Politics and Government , Development Political Economy, Extractive Resources, Civil Society and Democratisation

All Publications

Books

Facets of Power: Politics, Profits and People in the Making of Zimbabwe's Blood Diamonds R. Saunders & T. Nyamunda, eds. Harare: Weaver Press, 2016

Never the Same Again: Zimbabwe’s Growth Towards Democracy, 1980-2000 Harare: ESP, 2000

Dancing Out of Tune: A History of the Media in Zimbabwe Harare: ESP, 1999

Business Development with New and Emerging Technology in Resource Industries of Southern Africa. S. Tiffin, F. Osotimehin and R. Saunders. Paris: OECD Development Centre, 1992

Book Chapters

"Holding Ground: Community, Companies and Resistance in Chiadzwa", R. Saunders and M. Chiponda, in Saunders and Nyamunda, eds. Facets of Power: Politics, Profits and People in the Making of Zimbabwe's Blood Diamonds. Harare: Weaver, 2016

"Trade Union Struggles for Autonomy and Democracy in Zimbabwe", Jon Kraus (ed), Trade Unions and the Coming of Democracy in Africa, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007

“Mugabe, Gramsci and Zimbabwe at 25” (with John S. Saul), in John S. Saul, The Next Liberation Struggle: Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy in Southern Africa, Toronto/Scottsvile/New York/London: Between the Lines/UKZN Press/Monthly Review Press/Merlin Press, 2005

“Striking Ahead: Industrial Action and Labour Movement Development in Zimbabwe”, in Brian Raftopoulos and Lloyd Sachikonye (eds), Striking Back: The Labour Movement and the Post-Colonial State in Zimbabwe 1980-2000, Harare: Weaver Press, 2001

Journal Articles

“Geologies of Power: Blood Diamonds, Security Politics and Zimbabwe’s Troubled Transition”, Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Vol. 32 No.3 (July 2014) 378-394

“Zimbabwe: Liberation Nationalism – old and born-again”, Review of African Political Economy ,Vol. 38 No.1 (March 2011) 117-128

“Crisis, Capital, Compromise: Mining and Empowerment in Zimbabwe”, African Sociological Review (Special Issue: South Africa in Africa), Vol.12, No.1 (December 2008)

“South African Corporations and post-Apartheid Expansion in Africa: creating a new regional space” , R. Saunders, D. Miller and O. Oloyede, African Sociological Review (Special Issue: South Africa in Africa), Vol.12, No.1 (December 2008)

“South Africa in Africa: Restructuring and Resistance” (Editorial), and “Painful Paradoxes: Mining, Crisis and Regional Capital in Zimbabwe”, At Issue E-Zine (Africa Files, Toronto, May-September 2008

“Labor, the State and the Struggle for a Democratic Zimbabwe”, P. Bond and R. Saunders, Monthly Review Vol.57, Issue 7 (December 2005): 42-55

Conference Papers

“High Value Minerals and Low Growth Outcomes: Mining, Resource Mobilisation and the State in Zimbabwe”, paper presented in the panel, ‘An African Developmental State? Evidence, Trends and Contemporary Debates’, African Studies Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, November 2015

“Extracting Value from Crisis: Bargains, benefits and South African investment in Zimbabwe’s minerals sector”, paper presented in the conference, ‘South Africa after Apartheid: Critical Reflections’, Carleton University, Ottawa, September 2014

“Curses, Truths and Falsehoods: A Diamond ‘Resource Curse’ in Zimbabwe?”, presented at African Public Policy and Research Institute conference, “Locating Minerals in the Political Economy Policy Debate”, Pretoria, South Africa, October 2013

“Policy, Practice and Realities of Indigenisation in Zimbabwe’s Minerals Sector”, presented in the panel, “International Comparisons: Southern Africa and Latin America”, in the conference, ‘Meanings of Marikana: The Rise of the South African Platinum Mining Industry and the Nature of the Post-Apartheid Order’, SWOP/University of the Witwatersrand and Review of African Political Economy, Johannesburg, South Africa, September 2013

“Geographies of Fractured Power: Blood Diamonds, Security Politics and Zimbabwe’s Troubled Transition”, presented on the panel “Security and Terrorism”, African Studies Association 53rd Annual Meeting, San Francisco, November 2010

“Resources: Cursed or Blessed Political Economies?”, presented at the conference, ‘”Progress” in Zimbabwe’, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, November 2010

“Strengthening African Civil Society Organisations through University Web-based Learning”, presented at the conference, 'Access to Learning for Development', Fifth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning, London, UK, July 2008

“The Press and Politics in Zimbabwe”, presented at the conference, ‘21st Century Africa: Evolving Conceptions of Human Rights’, African Studies Association, New York City, October 2007

“Zimbabwe: State Militarisation and Civic Responses”, presented at the conference, ‘10 Years of Democracy in Southern Africa’, Queens University/University of South Africa, Kingston, Ontario, May 2004

Other

Four biographical and historical essays on Thomas Mapfumo, Peter Niesewand, Judith Todd and the "Willowgate" scandal in, Derek Jones (ed.), Censorship: a World Encyclopaedia, UK: Fitzroy Dearborn, December 2001


Teaching:

Current Courses

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TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall 2017 AP/POLS4575 3.0  The Politics of Southern Africa SEMR