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Fungisai Gwanzura Ottemöller

Associate Professor
  • E-mailFungi.Ottemoller@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 31 34
  • Visitor Address
    Alrek helseklynge, Årstadveien 17
    Room 
    517
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7807
    5020 Bergen

Master's programme in Health Promotion and Health Psychology

Daniel M., Gwanzura Ottemöller, F., Katisi M., Hollekim R., and Tesfazghi, Z.Z. (2020). Intergenerational perspectives on refugee children and youth’s adaptation to life in Norway. Population, Space and Place, 1-12

Brook, M. & Gwanzura Ottemöller, F. (under review). A new life in Norway: the adaptation experiences of unaccompanied refugee minor girls. Submitted to Children and Youth Services Review

Daniel, M. & Gwanzura Ottemöller, F. (accepted for publication). Salutogenesis and Migration. In M. B., Mittelmark, S. Sagy, M. Eriksson, G. F. Bauer, J. M. Pelikan, B. Lindström, & G. A. Espnes. The Handbook of Salutogenesis (2nd edn).

Cimadamore, A. D., Gwanzura Ottemöller, F.P., Lie, G.T. and Mittelmark, M.B. (2016). Development and Sustainability. The Challenge for Social Change. London: ZED Books

Bjørknes, R., Larsen, M. H., Ottemöller, F. P. and Kjøbli, J. (2015). Exploring mental distress among immigrant mothers participating in parent training. Children and youth services review51, 10-17. 

Kesby, M.and Gwanzura-Ottemoller, F. (2008) ‘Sexual Health: examples from two participatory action research projects in Zimbabwe'. 71-80 in Kindon, S., Pain. R., and Kesby, M. (eds) (2007) Participatory Action Research Approaches and Methods: Connecting People, Participation and Place. (London: Routledge)

 

Kesby, M., Gwanzura-Ottemoller, F. and Chizororo, M. (2006) Theorising other 'other childhoods': Issues emerging from work on HIV in urban and rural Zimbabwe . Children's Geographies . 4 (2) 185-202

 

Gwanzura-Ottemoller, F., Hopkins, P., Lorimer,H. and Philip, L.J. (2005) Advanced Research Training in Human Geography: the Scottish Experience. Journal of Geography in Higher Education29(2), 279-292.

 

Gwanzura-Ottemöller, F.P. and Kesby, M.G. (2005) ‘Lets talk about sex baby…’: conversing with Zimbabwean children about HIV/AIDS. Children’s Geographies 3(2), 201-218.

 

Gwanzura-Ottemoller, F.P., Mittelmark, M.B., Patel, V., et al. (2000) Functional disability and common mental disorders in Harare, Zimbabwe: trends over one year. The International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 2(4), 16-22.

 

Patel, V., Todd, C.H., Winston, M., Gwanzura, F., et al. (1998) Outcome of Common Mental Disorders in Harare, Zimbabwe. British Journal of Psychiatry, 172, 53-57.

 

Patel, V., Todd, C.H., Winston, M., Gwanzura, F., et al. (1997c) Common mental disorders in primary care in Harare, Zimbabwe: associations and risk factors. British Journal of Psychiatry, 171, 53-57.

 

Patel, V., Simunyu, E., and Gwanzura, F. (1997b) Pathways to primary mental health care in high density suburbs in Harare, Zimbabwe. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 32, 97-103.

 

Patel, V., Mann, A., Gwanzura, F., Simunyu, E., et al. (1997a) The Shona Symptom Questionnaire: the development of an indigenous measure of common mental disorders in Harare. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 95, 469-475.

 

Patel, V., Mann, A., Simunyu, E. and Gwanzura, F. (1995c) Kufungisisa (thinking too much): a Shona idiom for non-psychotic mental illness. Central African Journal of Medicine, 41, 209-215.

 

Patel, V., Mann, A., Gwanzura, F., Simunyu, E., et al. (1995a) The explanatory models and phenomenology of common mental disorders in Harare, Zimbabwe. Psychological Medicine, 25, 1191-1199.

 

  • 2020. Intergenerational perspectives on adaptation of refugee children and youth. Population, Space and Place.
  • 2020. A new life in Norway: the adaptation experiences of unaccompanied refugee minor girls. Children and Youth Services Review. 1-12.
  • 2016. Development and Sustainability. The challenge of social change. Zed Books.
  • 2015. Exploring mental distress among immigrant mothers participating in parent training. Children and Youth Services Review. 10-17.
  • 2014. Book Review: Growing up with HIV in Zimbabwe: One day this will all be over, 1st ed., Ross Parsons, James Currey Suffilk (2012). Children and Youth Services Review. 158-159.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Establishing a national learning and action network for refugees: Promoting Inclusion Access to Information, and Successful transition (PIISTON) (2019 - 2021) NFR funded

Primary objective: To promote refugees’ inclusion, access to information, and successful transition into society by (i) consolidating knowledge, increasing collaboration, strengthening service provision across disciplines, sectors and service levels; (ii) working with users, academics, practitioners, policy makers in Norway, and refugee-focused actors in Europe.

Secondary objectives: 1) Build a learning and action network studying refugees’ inclusion, access to information and successful transition. We will be investigate how to use digital information technology to supplement existing forms of accessing information.

2) Increase communication and collaboration between users, academics, public and voluntary sectors to provide best practice for promoting refugee inclusion, access to information and successful transition.

3) Engender learning and knowledge exchanges that catalyze action with, by and for refugees.

4) Develop an international network of academics and practitioners in Europe.

The PIISTON network is a learning and action network that aims to facilitate ongoing research and development efforts of the Refugee Resilience Project established by the HEMIL-center in 2016 by improving the mutual knowledge transfer between researchers and users. The mission of PIISTON

is to promote refugees’ inclusion, access to information and successful transition into Norwegian society by consolidating knowledge across disciplines, increasing collaboration, and strengthening service provision across sectors. The network will consist of scientists from the disciplines of health promotion, social work, child welfare, cross-cultural psychology, development studies, anthropology and geography, who will work together with practitioners, NGOs and refugees from different ethnic backgrounds.

Network activities include meetings with national partners, recruitment of and meetings with international partners, visits to international partners and visits from international partners, development and testing of a mobile phone app, funding proposal development, website development and a dissemination conference. The network will help its participants to gain a deeper understanding of what promotes young refugees productive participation in society and what facilitates their independence. This knowledge will be channeled into welfare, service and policy sectors. To maximize its outcomes, PIISTON will employ an original dissemination plan, including both traditional (e.g. website) and interactive (e.g. apps) media. PIISTON will strive to reach out to other European programs to build on synergies, share knowledge and learn from their experiences of working with refugee populations. The outcomes of the network will have far- reaching consequences for future research designs in the areas of information to help refugees on their journey, arrival and settlement in new countries; and on the social inclusion of refugees both in a national and international context.

Primary objective:

To promote refugees’ inclusion, access to information, and successful transition into society by (i) consolidating knowledge, increasing collaboration, strengthening service provision across disciplines, sectors and service levels; (ii) working with users, academics, practitioners,

policy makers in Norway, and refugee-focused actors in Europe.

Secondary objectives:

1) Build a learning and action network studying refugees’ inclusion, access to information and successful transition. We will be investigate how to use digital information technology to supplement existing forms of accessing information.

2) Increase communication and collaboration between users, academics, public and voluntary sectors to provide best practice for promoting refugee inclusion, access to information and successful transition.

3) Engender learning and knowledge exchanges that catalyze action with, by and for refugees.

4) Develop an international network of academics and practitioners in Europe.

The PIISTON network is a learning and action network that aims to facilitate ongoing research and development efforts of the Refugee Resilience Project established by the HEMIL-center in 2016 by improving the mutual knowledge transfer between researchers and users. The mission of PIISTON

is to promote refugees’ inclusion, access to information and successful transition into Norwegian society by consolidating knowledge across disciplines, increasing collaboration, and strengthening service provision across sectors. The network will consist of scientists from the disciplines of health promotion, social work, child welfare, cross-cultural psychology, development studies, anthropology and geography, who will work together with practitioners, NGOs and refugees from different ethnic backgrounds.

Network activities include meetings with national partners, recruitment of and meetings with international partners, visits to international partners and visits from international partners, development and testing of a mobile phone app, funding proposal development, website development and a dissemination conference. The network will help its participants to gain a deeper understanding of what promotes young refugees productive participation in society and what facilitates their independence. This knowledge will be channeled into welfare, service and policy sectors. To maximize its outcomes, PIISTON will employ an original dissemination plan, including both traditional (e.g. website) and interactive (e.g. apps) media. PIISTON will strive to reach out to other European programs to build on synergies, share knowledge and learn from their experiences of working with refugee populations. The outcomes of the network will have far- reaching consequences for future research designs in the areas of information to help refugees on their journey, arrival and settlement in new countries; and on the social inclusion of refugees both in a national and international context.

Refugee Resilience project (2016 - )

This is a transdisciplinary project whose overall objective is to discover what strengthens and builds resilience in refugee and asylum seeking children and youth in Norway.

Sub-objectives include:

  1. To explore what customs and practices are used in the culture of origin to strengthen and support children who have experienced hardship and adversity
  2. To explore what resources have been used by young people who have successfully integrated (i.e. those who are in work or higher education and speak some Norwegian) into Norwegian society
  3. To explore what resources refugee children and youth identify and use to cope and adapt to their new environment