School of Social Sciences

Joseph Rudigi Rukema

Joseph Rudigi Rukema

Senior Lecturer



Contact Number 031-260-2440

CampusHoward College Campus

Office Address MTB, Level 1. Room: F121A

Last Updated 4 months ago

Degrees Held

  • PhD Social Policy Studies (UKZN)
  • Masters in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies (UKZN)
  • Honours in Public Policy (UKZN)
  • State Diploma in Pedagogy (Institut Sendwe. Kalemie, Republic of Zaire).
  • Certificate of basic Primary Education (Ecole Primaire Mwana. Vyura, Republic of Zaire).


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for 3 years (University of KwaZulu-Natal)
  • Africa knowledge interchange (NRF)
  • Excellence Award (University of KwaZulu-Natal, Research Office)
  • Best teacher ward by the students (Kigali Independent University)
  • Productivity awards (UKZN)
  • UKZN competitive grant

Research Interests

  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Climate change and adaptation
  • Natural disaster (Prevention, Management and social change)
  • Conflict Resolution and Peace Building
  • Migration
  • Political violence
  • African indigenous knowledge systems
  • Rural development
  • Regional integration
  • Terrorism and insurgency

Teaching Interests

  • I successfully taught and developed modules at both under and postgraduate levels. My teaching satisfies both the needs of general education of students and my own conviction. I developed and taught the following modules:


Student Supervision

Community Involvement

  • While studying towards my Honours in Public Policy at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa I worked as a car guard then a security guard. My social and economic background motivated develop a passion for social entrepreneurship and the spirit of community development, which culminated in initiating numerous community projects.
  • Out of this passion for entrepreneurship and community development, I founded a community Higher Learning Institution “Sub-Saharan Africa University / Universite de l’Afrique Sub-Saharienne (Goma-Democratic Republic of Congo) which is currently employing 84 people ( Iam its Founding President and President of the Management Council and I have fundraised 100000 USD (American Dollars) toward the construction of university’s infrastructures.
  • Through my teaching, I initiated numerous community projects including: Advocacy for Disaster Risk Reduction and Environmental Sustainability as well as United against Gender Based-Violence (ADRRES) in Rwanda, United against Gender Based-Violence (UAGBV) in South Africa.
  • I have also initiated an Association of builders from the informal settlement, Mayville, Durban, South Africa.
  • Currently, Im initiating “African Centre of Informal Learning and entrepreneurship” in Durban, South Africa. The aim of the centre is to facilitate the acquisition and transfer of knowledge through informal learning. It is hoped that this approach will help those who cannot afford formal education to possess knowledge and skills that will enable them create jobs for themselves or to have opportunity to be employed.

Teaching Expertise

  • Sociology
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Community development
  • Climate change and environment