Senior Lecturer , College of Social Sciences

PhD in Social Anthropology


Teaching interests:

Social Theory, Research Methods, Knowledge systems in Africa,  Anti-Corruption, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Urbanisation,  Children, Youth, and Gender.


Research interests:

Social Transformation, Prevention of Violent Extremism in East Africa Knowledge systems in Africa, Anti-Corruption, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Urbanization, Children, Youth, and Gender.

Research accounts:


  1. October 2022-September 2024: Decolonizing Knowledge Systems in Tanzania: Towards a practical Southern-Led approach
  2. April 2022- March 2025: Reporting in context: An interdisciplinary initiative to strengthen maternal health services and surveillance in Ethiopia and Tanzania
  3. October 2021 - October 2023: Reducing Harm caused by Witchcraft in Tanzania, A research project funded by the   Institute.


List of Publications:

  1. Sambaiga, R. (2022) Innovative Early Warning Mechanisms to Deter Violent Extremism in Africa . UTAFITI 17 (2022). 217-233.
  2. Sambaiga, R. (2022) The Paradox of Bodaboda Youth as Agents for Promoting and Preventing Violent Extremism in Tanzania. African Review. 2022. 1-19.
  3. Sambaiga et al. (2022)“Menstrual Pain Realities of Young Females with Disabilities In Tanzania: Towards a Nuanced Understanding of Pain and Embodiment” In Embodied inequalities in disability and development edited by Hisayo Katsui and Virpi Mesiäislehto. African Sun Media.
  4. Sambaiga, R. (2020) “Women’s Agency: Promoting, Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism in Tanzania and Kenya”, Politeia, 39(1), p. 18 pages.
  5. Sambaiga et al. (2019). “The access paradox: abortion law, policy and practice in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia” International Journal for Equity in Health. 18:126.
  6. Sambaiga,et al. (2019). “Health, life and rights: a discourse analysis of a hybrid abortion regime in Tanzania”. International Journal for Equity in Health. Vol, 18:135.
  7. Sambaiga, R. F. (2018). Changing images of Nyumba Kumi in Tanzania: Implications for youth engagement in countering violence in the community. The African Review Vol. 45, Supp Special Issue, No. 1:49-74.
  8. Sambaiga, R. F. (2017). “Negotiating the future: Young graduates responding to career uncertainty in Tanzania”. In Dealing with Elusive Futures: University Graduates in Urban. Africa, ed. N. Steur, M. Engeler & E. Macamo. Blelefeld:Transcript Verlag. Sambaiga, R. F. (2018). “Kula” (eating). In The Global Encyclopedia of Informality, ed. E. Ledeneva. London: UCL Press.
  9. Camargo, C.B. and Sambaiga, R.F.(2016) “Between Condemnation and Resignation: A study on attitude towards corruption in the public health sector in Tanzania”. In Corruption in Public Administration: An Ethnographic Approach,ed. D. Torsello. Massachusetts: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  10. Sambaiga, R.F. 2015. “Theoretical tendencies in Anthropological research on HIV/AIDS: Is there room for the human agency?” Tanzania Journal of Sociology. Vol, 1. No.1&2: 29-45.
  11. Sambaiga, R.F. (2014). “Religion, State and Adolescent Sexuality in Tanzania: an Anthropological Perspective.”In Religion and State in Tanzania Revisited. Eds. T. Ndaluka & F.
  12. Wijsen. Berlin. LIT Verlag. Sambaiga R. F. (2013) Sexual inter-subjectivity and the quest for social well-being: an ethnographic inquiry of adolescent sexuality in urban southern Tanzania.  PhD thesis.
  13. University of Basel. Sigalla, H.R. and Sambaiga, R.F. (Eds). 2012. Globalisation, Coastal Resources and Livelihood in Tanzania. Band 47. Linz: Trauner Verlag.

  14. Sambaiga, R.F.2012. “Beyond Nature-Culture Dualism: The Social Sciences, Globalisation and Coastal Resource Management in Tanzania”. In Globalisation, Coastal Resources and Livelihood in Tanzania. Eds. L.H.Sigalla & R.F. Sambaiga. Band 47, Linz: Trauner Universitaet Verlag.
  15. Sambaiga, R.F. 2012. “The social organisation of coastal resource use: implications for coastal management in Tanzania”. In Globalisation, Coastal Resources and Livelihood in Tanzania. Eds. L.H.Sigalla & R.F. Sambaiga. Band 47, Linz: Trauner Universitaet Verlag.
  16. Pfeiffer, C., Sambaiga R.F., Mbelwa A., Ahorlu C., Heim E. and Keteme B. 2012. We have a lot to tell you: Bridging the gap between youth and decision makers. 
  17. Pfeiffer, C., Sambaiga R.F., Ahorlu C. and Obrist B. 2012. Helping Tanzanian teenage girls to avoid pregnancy: A policy brief.



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