Musara Lubombo


Postdoctoral Researcher

Musara Lubombo

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Musara Lubombo (PhD) is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Communication, Media & Society (CCMS), University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has background in English & Communication, Public Relations, as well as Cultural Studies.
His research interests include culture, health communication and social change. He radically objects to the continued reliance on Western scientific schema to address African development challenges, particularly hegemonic discourses on HIV/AIDS. His current work draws on the practices and thinking about health and the human rights approach to HIV by (South) African AIDS Activists to redefine and reposition people living with HIV both epistemologically and in the practice of social change communication for HIV prevention.

Degrees Held

  • 2015: Ph. D Cultural & Media Studies (UKZN)
  • 2012: MA Cultural & Medial Studies (summa cum laude) (UKZN)
  • 2010: PG Dip Public Relations (NUST)
  • 2006: BA (Hons) English & Communication (MidSU)

Research Interests

Culture, development and health communication

Research supervision

Publication List

  • Shumba, K & Lubombo, M. (2017). Cultural Competence: a framework for promoting voluntary medical male circumcision among VaRemba Communities in Zimbabwe. African Journal for AIDS Research DOI:
  • Lubombo, M. (2011). “Stakeholders and their impact on community development. The case of OneVoive South Africa Schools Programme”. In Tomaselli, K and Chasi, C. (Eds). Development and Public Health Communication. Cape Town: Pearson Education South Africa.
  • Lubombo, M. (2012). Theorising participation: Appropriating Stakeholder Theory in participatory communication for social change interventions in South Africa. Saarbrucken, Deutschland: LAP Lambert.
  • Lubombo, M., Dyll-Mycklebust, L and Tomaselli, K. (2012) “‘Out from the margins’: mainstreaming participation of PLHA into social change communication for HIV prevention”. In Wasserman, J. and Reddy, S. (Eds). Surveying student research in the humanities: Postgraduate Conference Proceedings. Durban. UKZN College of Humanities.
  • Public perceptions and (mis)conceptions of an indigenous HIV prevention intervention for girls in KwaZulu-Natal.
  • A culture- centered approach to social change communication for HIV prevention in Sub-Saharan Africa: Towards an Ubuntu framework.
  • Sawubona, beware! Meanings and communicative functions of HIV disclosure among South African people living with HIV.
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