Portrait: Jacques Fikiri Zirhumana
I am a sociologist by training from the Official University of Bukavu (UOB). I have taught for nine years as a substitute teacher at the Université Libre de Grands Lacs (ULGL). Currently I am working as an Assistant Trainer at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Development and Continuing Education (CIDEP/Sud-Kivu), a specialized higher education body for para-university training. I also work as a Teaching and Research Assistant at the University of Bukavu (UB) and part-time at the Institut Supérieur Pédagogique (ISP/Idjwi). I am associated with some Sociology courses such as Sociology of Poverty, Sociology of Deviance, Sociology of the Family, Sociology of Sexuality, Sociology of Youth and Anthropology and Community Development.
I am Administrator of the Cabinet d'Expertise Sociologique (Cabesoc), a consulting firm specialized in training, design, analysis and social diagnosis for third parties.
I am doing my postgraduate studies at the University of Kisangani (UNIKIS) in Environmental Sociology. My dissertation topic is on Forest Governance and management of the daily life of the people living in the Itombwe Nature Reserve.
I am the author of a book and some articles in the field such as :
- Nature conservation, especially on the Kahuzi-Byega National Park and the Itombwe Nature Reserve;
- Economy and development, especially on the socio-economic contribution of women vegetable sellers;
- Social pathology, in particular the social depathologization of people living with HIV/AIDS.
I have other draft articles on the socio-economic and environmental consequences of the population explosion in Bukavu; another on mineral extraction in the Mwenga territory at the interface of resistance to the social contract; etc. I have also a draft on the social and environmental consequences of the population explosion in Bukavu.
I am the co-author (with Fergus Simpson) of the article "The 'extraction-conservation nexus' in eastern DRC: cases of resistance and acquiescence in Itombwe Nature Reserve", published in Conjonctures de l'Afrique centrale 2020.