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Call for Papers - Research & Intellectual Expo

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First Call for Papers





The Research and Intellectual Expo (RIE) is a Zimbabwean initiative by the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education that was set up to showcase the best research and intellectual work by Zimbabweans both at home and diaspora. It seeks to harness the very best research and intellectual work by Zimbabweans for national development. It therefore provides a platform for sharing knowledge, networking and collaborating for all Zimbabweans and other stakeholders.  Over the past two years, the Expo has established a reputation as a focal point for new ideas and new practices in research and learning.

The Expo will address a range of critically important themes in the various fields that make up the humanities, science and the expressive arts today.  Plenary speakers will include some of the world’s leading thinkers in various disciplines, as well as numerous paper, workshop and poster presentations by researchers.

The theme for the fourth edition of RIE is “Engagement, Innovation and Diversity for National Transformation and Development”. The Expo is scheduled to take place during the first week of September 2014 at one of the Higher Education Institutions in Zimbabwe.  It will bring together Zimbabweans from all disciplines to share latest research findings and brainstorm new research ideas across disciplines.  The Expo is a unique forum for academics and professionals with cross-disciplinary interests to meet and interact with each other.  We are therefore inviting papers that will deal with issues around this year’s theme.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 6 June 2014 at 4 pm.  Authors with abstracts that are selected for presentation at RIE will be notified by the 31st  of July 2014 and will be expected to submit full papers by the 15th of August 2014.

NOTE: Authors whose papers were accepted for presentation at RIE 2013 and are still available and willing to present them at RIE 2014 are invited to indicate their availability by contacting the RIE Secretariat by 30 May 2014.


Abstracts are invited on any of the following sub-themes:


1.     Arts, Culture and Humanities

Proposed Topics

  • Unhu/Ubuntu based African Ethics
  • New Perspectives in the Definition and Analysis of Social Reality
  • Identity and Development
  • African Indigenous Knowledge Systems (AIKS)
  • Indigenization of Arts and Humanities Education
  • Youth Empowerment for National Transformation and Development
  • Culture and Tourism


2. Social Sciences

Proposed Topics

  • Innovation and Regional Economic Development (Pan-Africanism)
  • Investment Decision-making
  • ICTS for Development
  • The Role of Social Networks in National Transformation
  • Trade and Investment
  • Public-Private-Partnership
  • Tourism and Development
  • Indigenization and Empowerment
  • African Women Leadership (Gender)


3. Religion and Spirituality

Proposed Topics

  • Religion in Development Thought
  • Religio, Gender and National Development
  • Christianity and National Development and Transformation
  • Religion and Engagement with Health and Wellbeing
  • Religions Tourism and Development
  • Linking African Spirituality to Development
  • Religious Based Ethics and Development
  • Religious Participation and Economic Behaviour
  • Faith Based Organizations and Development
  • Interreligious Dialogue for National Development
  • Theology, Transformation and Development
  • Religion and Political Engagement
  • African Traditional Religions and Development
  • Religion in Development Thought
  • Religion, Development and Social Change
  • The Potential of African Metaphysics for Development


4.     Science, Engineering and Technology

Proposed Topics

  • Value Addition to the Natural Resources of Zimbabwe
  • Utilizing the Cloud for Strong Virtual Global Solutions
  • Information Society Technologies (ISTs)
  • Biotechnology for Development and Health
  • Telecommunications and Global Connectivity
  • Capacity for Research and Development
  • Energy Development, Sustenance and Power Management
  • Renewable Energy
  • Green Technologies
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Food Product Development
  • Mining Engineering
  • Manufacturing/Engineering Technologies
  • Material Sciences
  • Preserving and Conserving our Natural Resources through Science and Technology
  • Tourism
  • Irrigation Systems
  • Transportation Systems Development
  • Infrastructure Development and Services
  • Public Private Partnership in Infrastructure Development
  • Engineering in Agricultural Systems
  • Microbiological Resources
  • Intellectual Property
  • Investment and Trade
  • Product Design and Development
  • Technology Commercialisation
  • Tools for Research Collaboration
  • Technology Applications in Industry and Health
  • Electronic Identification and Access Control
  • Infrastructure Development for Water Supply and Quality
  • Standards, Ethics and Development
  • Partnership in Science, Engineering & Technology
  • National Research Funding
  • National Innovation System


5.     Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources and Tourism

Proposed Topics

  • Governance in Environment and Natural Resources Management
  • Climate Change, Adaptation and Mitigation
  • Innovative Strategies for Green Cities in Zimbabwe
  • Innovative Models for Agriculture and Natural Resource Based Transformation and Development
  • Genetic Modification Technologies, the Environment and Food Security
  • Access and Benefit Sharing
  • Management of Agriculture, Environment and Mining
  • Water Resources Harvesting and Efficient Utilization
  • Eco-Tourism Development/Tourism Development


6.    Education for Transformation and Development

Proposed Topics

  • Engaging Business and Industry in Educational Research
  • Transformation of Teaching through Innovation
  • Enhancing Curriculum Delivery Through ICTs
  • Improving Access to Education
  • Quality and Quality Assurance in Education
  • Inclusive Education
  • Gender and Diversity in Education
  • Education and Ideology for National Transformation
  • Education for the Transformation of the Mind
  • Competency Based Education and Training
  • Technical Vocational Education and Training
  • Enquiry Based Education


7. One Health: Health and Well-being

Proposed Topics

Category A: Biomedical Research and Development

  • Evidence Based Health Practice
    • Diseases Diagnostic Tests
    • Diseases Modelling/Biostatistics
  • Organ Transplant Medicine
    • Stem Cell Research
    • Medical Nanotechnology Practice
  • Medicines and Vaccines Therapeutic Development
  • Prostheses Development (Artificial Limbs, Pace Makers etc.)
  • Scientific Medical and Industrial Equipment Maintenance and Repair Medical Research


Proposed Topics

Category B: Public Health

  • Nutrition and Diet Food Security at Household Level
  • Lifestyle Diseases
  • Reproductive Health
  • Water and Sanitation, Environmental Health
  • Climate Change and Health
  • Application of Framework  for Sanitary Safety in Trade
  • Health Policy and Legislation Frameworks (Public Health Act, International Health Regulations)
  • African Spiritual Health/healing
  • Medical Tourism
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Health care Financing
  • Access to Health Care/community participation
  • Private Partner Participation
  • Ethics in Health Practice
  • The Food Value Chain and Food Safety
  • Biosafety and Biosecurity Regimes
  • Bioterrorism
  • Health Information systems
  • Quality Assurance/ Patient Satisfaction
  • Alternative Medicine (homeopathy, acupuncture, religion)


Proposed Topics

Category C: Management of Diseases, Pests and Vectors

  • Zoonotic Diseases and Pests
  • Diseases, Diagnosis and Technologies
  • Emerging and Re-Emerging Diseases
  • Human-Domestic-Animal-Wildlife Interface
  • Epidemiology and Diseases Control
  • Medical Tourism

Proposed Topics

Category D: Sports

  • Sports Medicine
  • Physical Exercise
  • Physical Health
  • Physiotherapy

7. Management, Leadership and Governance

Proposed Topics

  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Leadership
  • Management of Science Techniques and Tools (e.g. Lean management, Six Sigma, data mining, inventory control, operations research, Markov processes, multi-criteria decision making, project management, queueing theory & simulation, value stream management, ERP, MRP, TQM, TPM etc.)
  • Formulating Creativity in Leadership and Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Governance and Corporate Ethics
  • The Need for Women in Governance and  Leadership
  • Transforming Traditional Leadership Systems for Promoting National Development


Guidelines for papers

Papers must be between 4000 to 6000 words maximum and must have a 100 word abstract at the beginning with a 50 word bio-sketch of the author. Papers must be on double spaced A4 paper, tables, graphs, pictures must be camera ready. All copyrighted material must be cleared by the author. References and notes must be cited in the paper as author and date, full reference to be given at the end of paper. All papers will be subject to a selection process. Papers accepted for presentation at the Expo will be considered for publication in the two journals namely: Journal of Zimbabwe Studies: Science, Technology and Health and Journal of Zimbabwe Studies: Arts, Humanities, Education

Time and space for presentation is limited.  Please send your abstracts early to the Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (ZIMCHE) Offices, 21 J. M. Nkomo Road, P. Bag CY 7785, Causeway, Harare.

You can also submit via e-mail to expo[at]zimbabwehumancapital.org


For inquiries contact: The Secretariat ZIMCHE Telephone: 04-581994 / 572930
Fax: 04-570815