Dr Keith Silika

School of Justice Studies

I am an academic with policing experience from Zimbabwe and the UK having worked as a PC and PCSO respectively. I have previously worked as a Tutor, Researcher, Cadaver Dog assistant, Support Worker and as A Street Crime Warden. Prior to joining Liverpool John Moore University, I was a Welfare Officer at Keele University. In addition, I am currently a member of the Greater Manchester Police Scrutiny Panel on Stop Searches.
I studied from my undergraduate in BSc Forensics and Criminology degree at Manchester Metropolitan University (2013) and completed a Msc in Forensic Archaeology and Crime Scene Investigation at the University of Bradford (2014). At Staffordshire University I completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Research Methods (2016) and Ph.D. in Forensic Archaeology (2021). I am currently enrolled for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Liverpool John Moores.
My research interest are in human rights investigation, policing, forensics, intelligence, drugs and criminology




2020, Staffordshire University, United Kingdom, PhD
2014, University of Bradford, United Kingdom, Msc
2013, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, BSc

Postgraduate training

Post Graduate Certificate in Research Methods, United Kingdom, Staffordshire University, 2015 - 2016

Journal article

Chipangura N, Silika KK. 2020. Contested archaeological approaches to mass grave exhumations in Zimbabwe Journal of Conflict Archaeology, 14 :163-180 DOI Publisher Url Public Url


Silika K, Squires K. Ethical Approaches in Human Remains in Zimbabwe In; Squires, Errickson and Marquez-Grant

Conference publication

Silika K. ‘Forensic Archaeology and Politics in Zimbabwe’

Internet publication

Silika K. White City Bombing, Forensic investigation

Silika K. Zimbabwe state intelligence, abductions, and modus operandi’

Silika K. One archaeologist’s hunt for the secret mass graves of Zimbabwe’

Silika K. Thousands of unidentified Zimbabweans lie in secret mass graves – and I want to find them

Silika K. Traditional leaders shouldn’t take lead role on Gukurahundi burials

Silika K. Politicide in Zimbabwe: The difficult path to healing Publisher Url


Silika K. What opportunities are available to address Gukurahundi’

Book review

Silika K. Archaeologist v Spirit Mediums exhuming remains’

Silika K. Digging for the disappeared: forensic science after atrocity.

Other Professional Activity:

Member of the Greater Manchester Police Scrutiny Panel on Stop Searches. 2021