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Johannes Machinya

AAMR Fellow

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Johannes Machinya is a WISER postdoctoral fellow under the research program Regions2050: Mobile spaces, porous borders, and pathways of regionalization. He holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of the Witwatersrand. Johannes' current postdoctoral research explores how digital technology has revolutionized the channels of remittance flows and the nature of remittances to Zimbabwe. It focusses on the creation of digital platforms as ‘transnational medical spaces’ that span territorial boundaries beyond Zimbabwe. The project conceives these platforms as unfolding socio-technical assemblages geared towards health-care and composed of human practices across the borders, the affordances of digital technology, medical products and services, regulatory frameworks and the meanings emerging within this space.

Research Interests

Migration studies
Labour and migration studies
Platforms and platformisation


Machinya, J. (Forthcoming) ‘“We maZimba… There is nothing that we cannot do”: The work ethic of undocumented Zimbabwean migrant daily-wage workers in eMalahleni, South Africa.’ In Rugunanan, P. and Xulu-Gama, N. (eds.) A Southern Approach to Migration Studies: Developing a Sociology of Migration. Springer.

Machinya, J. (2021) ‘Migration Control, Temporal Irregularity and Waiting: Undocumented Zimbabwean Migrants’ Experiences of Deportability in South Africa.’ In Jacobsen, C. M.; Karlsen, M. and Khosravi, S. (eds.) WAIT: Unpacking the Temporalities of Irregular Migration. New York, Routledge.

Beneduce, R., Damon, L., Gaibazzi, P., Machinya, J. and Monz, K. (2020) ‘Comment décoloniser la recherche sur la migration africaine? Quelques idées.’ Cosmopolis, 3-4, pp. 66-80.

Machinya, J. (2019) “Undocumented Zimbabweans in South Africa: Working in a Constant Fear of Arrest and Deportation.” Labour, Capital and Society/Travail, capital et société, 49(2), pp. 90-114.