Chimaraoke Izugbara

Chimaraoke Izugbara is Honorary Professor at the University of Witwatersrand’s School of Public Health in South Africa, and Senior Research Scientist and Director at the Research Capacity Strengthening Division at the African Population and Health Research Center, Nairobi, Kenya. Dr Izugbara’s research interests include: socio-cultural determinants of reproductive health outcomes, care-seeking practices, sexuality, and sexual behavior. His current project, “Men, Poverty, and Masculinity in Kenyan Slums,” is an ethnographic inquiry of masculinity among poor men in two slum settlements in Nairobi, Kenya. The project addresses the main question: How is manliness constructed, performed and realized in these slum contexts where the ‘conventional’ artifacts of masculinity are not readily available to men? The goal of the project is to contribute to the understanding of practices of manliness among poor slum men in Kenya, the interaction of these practices with livelihood conditions, as well as the implications for poor men’s relationships, health, and civic engagement, of their gendered practices. Dr. Izugbara has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. His most recent work includes “Client retention and health among sex workers in Nairobi, Kenya” (2012 in *Archives of Sexual Behavior*), “Hata Watufanyeje, Kazi Itaendelea: Everyday Negotiations of State Regulation among Female Sex Workers in Nairobi, Kenya” (in S. Dewey & P. Kelly (eds.), *Policing Pleasure: Sex Work, Policy and the State in Global Perspective*; New York University Press 2011); Ethnicity, livelihoods, masculinity and health among Luo men in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya ( forthcoming, in Ethnicity and Health) Poverty, Masculine Violence and the Transformation of Men: Ethnographic Notes from Kenyan Slums (2011, in Pringle, K., Hearn, J., Ruspini, E., & B. Pease (eds.), Men and Masculinities around the World. Palgrave Macmillan, New York. 21-32. Dr Izugbara holds a PhD in Health Anthropology from the University of Uyo, Nigeria and has just submitted a second PhD in Social Work at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

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