Department of Management, Society and Communication


E-mail: yr.msc@cbs.dk
Yvette Ruzibiza

Yvette Ruzibiza is a Postdoctoral researcher at the Copenhagen Business School in the research project ‘Everyday Humanitarianism in Tanzania’[EHTZ]. She is also a visiting scholar in the department of Medical Anthropology at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam (UvA), where she obtained her PhD degree. Her PhD focused on understanding how young refugees navigate sexuality and relationships in the Mahama refugee camp, in Rwanda, and the Nakivale refugee settlement, in Uganda. She will continue her work with Burundian and Congolese refugees within EHTZ. She is an ethnographer interested in people’s interaction with the contexts they live in, from both a community and individual point of view. To understand behavior in contexts, she applies both gendered and anthropological theories around individual decision-making.

Yvette also holds extensive experience within the development sector, with practical experience in building bridges between national authorities, the private sector, and civil society. Her past work within the civil society sector in East Africa focused on various youth and women empowerment-related themes including sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality, youth economic empowerment, youth financial inclusion, migration, gender-based violence, etc. She closely follows East Africa's political developments, regional conflict dynamics, and international relations.

Primary research areas
  • Applied Anthropology
  • Migration
  • Gender and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights
  • Theories of agency and empowerement
  • Theories of decolonisation
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Selected publications
Ruzibiza, Y., & Berckmoes, L. H. (2022). Making ‘The Process’: Sexual Vulnerability and Burundian Refugee Boys and Young Men’s Strategies for Onward Migration from Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda.
Ruzibiza, Y. (2021). ‘They are a shame to the community…’stigma, school attendance, solitude and resilience among pregnant teenagers and teenage mothers in Mahama refugee camp, Rwanda. Global public health, 16(5), 763-774.
Ruzibiza, Yvette. "Silence as Self-care: Pregnant Adolescents and Adolescent Mothers Concealing Paternity in Mahama Refugee Camp, Rwanda." Sexuality & Culture 26, no. 3 (2022): 994-1011.
Ruzibiza, Y., Berckmoes, L., Neema, S., & Reis, R. (2021). Lost in freedom: ambivalence on sexual freedom among Burundian adolescents living in the Nakivale refugee settlement, Uganda. Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, 29(1), 232-245.


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