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Prof. Innocent Chirisa


Full Professor in Rural and Urban Planning, University of Zimbabwe, 2017. Doctor of Philosophy in Housing and Human Environments, University of Zimbabwe, 2013. Post-Grad Diploma in Land Management & Informal Settlement Regulation, Erasmus University Rotterdam, 2009. Masters in Rural & Urban Planning, University of Zimbabwe, 2005. Bachelors in Rural & Urban Planning Honours, University of Zimbabwe, 2003

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Research Interests:

• Environmental and space stewardship: planning as the vehicle to take us there.
• Resilience and sustainability thinking in urban spaces.
• Environmental modelling informing strategic spatial plans.
• Layout design and creativity by urban designers.
• Negotiation for value in urban spaces.
• Dynamics and Influences of Migration and Commuting in Space.
• Heritage in urban and regional planning discourse

Faculty: Social And Behavioural Sciences
Department: Department of Demography Settlement & Development
Research Category: Rural and Urban Planning

Phone: +263 242-333553/303211 ext. 14007

Edited Books
1. Toriro, P., & Chirisa, I. (Eds.). (2021). Environmental Resilience: Food and the City—Zimbabwe. Amsterdam: Springer International Publishers.
2. Chirisa, I., & Manyeruke, C. (Eds.). (2020). Sustainability in the Political And Socio-Economic Spheres Of Development in Zimbabwe. Bemunda: Langaa RPCIG.
3. Chirisa, I. (Ed.). (2020). Dialogues in Climate and Environmental Research, Policy and Planning: A Special Focus on Zimbabwe. Bemunda: Langaa RPCIG.
4. Chirisa, I., & Mabeza, C. (Eds.). (2019). Community Resilience under the Impact of Urbanisation and Climate Change: Cases and Experiences from Zimbabwe. Bamenda (Cameroon): Langaa RPCIG.
5. Chirisa, I., & Matamanda, A. . (Eds.). (2019). Housing and the Environment Emerging Paradigms for Urban Zimbabwe. Harare: University of Zimbabwe Publications.
6. Chirisa, I. (Ed.). (2019). The Sustainability Ethic in the Management of the Physical, Infrastructural and Natural Resources of Zimbabwe. Bamenda (Cameroon): Langaa RPCIG.
7. Chirisa, I., & Juru, M. E. (Eds.). (2019). Aspects of Real Estate Theory and Practice in Zimbabwe: An Exploratory Text. Bemunda: Langaa RPCIG.
8. Chirisa, I. (Ed.). (2018). Environment, Infrastructure and Services in Urban and Regional Planning in Zimbabwe: A Systems Approach. Harare: University of Zimbabwe Publications.
9. Chirisa, I. (Ed.). (2018). Fundamentals of Planning and Real Estate Studies: A Primer for Zimbabwe. Harare: University of Zimbabwe Publications.
10. Chirisa, I., & Kwaira, P. (Eds.). (2017). Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation: Critical Perspectives and Debates in Public Policy. Harare: University of Zimbabwe Publications.

Book Chapters
1. Mutambisi, T., Chanza, N., Matamanda, A. R., Ncube, R., & Chirisa, I. (2021). Climate Change Adaptation in Southern Africa: Universalistic Science or Indigenous Knowledge or Hybrid. In W. Leal Filho, N. Ogugu, L. Adelake, D. Ayal, & I. da Silva (Eds.), African Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation (pp. 1–16). Cham: Springer.
2. Chirisa, I., Matamanda, A. ., & Mukarwi, L. (2021). Performance of the Real Estate and Property Sector in Zimbabwe. In A. Makochekanwa (Ed.), Structure of the Zimbabwean Economy (pp. 243–260). Harare: University of Zimbabwe Publications
3. Chivenge, M., Makunde, G., Toriro, P., & Chirisa, I. (2021). Food Security and Climate Change Readiness: Navigating the Politics of Dams, Irrigation and Community Resilience in Zimbabwe. In I. Djekic, W. . Filho, S. Smetana, & M. Kovaleva (Eds.), Handbook of Climate Change Across the Food Supply Chain (p. ?). Cham: Springer.
4. Chirisa, I., Mavhima, B., & Nyevera, T. (2020). Public Health and Political Economy of Development in Africa. In S. Oloruntoba & T. Falola (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of African Political Economy (pp. 833–849). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal Articles
1. Chirisa, I, & Nel, V. (2021). Resilience and climate change in rural areas: a review of infrastructure policies across global regions. Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure.
2. Kanyepe, J., Tukuta, M., & Chirisa, I. (2021). Urban Land-use and Traffic Congestion: Mapping the Interaction. Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs, 5(1), 77-84.
3. Madya, R., Tsoriyo, W., Mashingaidze, N., Ncube, R., & Chirisa, I. (n.d.). Gender-responsive Participatory Budgeting: Case of Zimbabwe’s Municipal Budgeting. Journal of Public Policy in Africa.
4. Chirisa, Innocent, Mutambisi, T., Chivenge, M., Mabaso, E., Matamanda, A. R., & Ncube, R. (2020). The urban penalty of COVID-19 lockdowns across the globe: manifestations and lessons for Anglophone sub-Saharan Africa. GeoJournal.
5. Chigudu, A., & Chirisa, I. (2020). The quest for a sustainable spatial planning framework in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Land Use Policy, 92, 104442.
6. Chirisa, I, Mutambisi, T., Chivenge, M., Mbasera, M., Sidambe, M., Muchenje, B., … Zengeni, D. (2020). Scope for Virtual Tourism in the Times of COVID-19 in Select African Destinations. Journal of Social Sciences, 64(1–3), 1–13.
7. Chirisa, I, & Ncube, R. (2020). Decentralised Energy Systems for Zimbabwean Cities: Dilemmas in Going Back to Where We Came From. Journal of Urban Systems and Innovations for Resilience in Zimbabwe, 2(1), 158–178.
8. Chirisa, I, Mutambisi, T., Chivenge, M., Matamanda, A. R., & Ncube, R. (2020). Disaster Mitigation and Response in Cities: Drawing Lessons from COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Social Sciences, 63(1–3), 21–31.
9. Lekgori, D. N., Paradza, P., & Chirisa, I. (2020). Nuances of Compulsory Land Acquisition and Compensation in Botswana: The Case of the Pitsane-Tlhareseleele Road Project. Journal of African Real Estate Research, 5(1), 1–15.
10. Matamanda, A. R., Chirisa, I., Dzvimbo, M. A., & Chinozvina, Q. L. (2020). The political economy of Zimbabwean Urban informality since 2000–A contemporary governance dilemma. Development Southern Africa, 37(4), 694–707.
11. Matamanda, A. R., Mphambukeli, T., & Chirisa, I. (2020). Applied systems analysis in water access for emerging human settlements: a case study of Hopley Farm, Harare, Zimbabwe. Urban Water Journal, 17(9), 763–773.
12. Matamanda, A. R., Chirisa, I., Mangara, F., & Dzvimbo, M. A. (2019). The Ecological Politics Surrounding the Downsizing and Downgrading of Public Park: A Reflection on the History of Change of the Harare Gardens in Zimbabwe. Case Studies in the Environment, 3(1), 1–7.
13. Chirisa, I, Makunde, G., Dipura, R., & Mukarwi, L. (2019). Situating the Zimbabwean Urban Planning and Investment Agenda: Are Cities Forces of Goodness? Journal of Public Administration and Development Alternatives, 4(2), 17–32.
14. Chirisa, I, & Nyevera, T. (2019). Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals through the Framework of the Social and Solidarity Economy in Africa: Scope, Constraints and Options. Retrieved from
15. Gwatirisa, C., Mukamuri, B., & Chirisa, I. (2019). Policy and Governance Dynamics in Zimbabwe’s Urban Areas; A Case study of Management and Functionality of Public Sanitary Facilities in Harare. Zambezia.
16. Chirisa, I, Chinozvina, Q., & WW, T.-M. (2019). Urban and Building Design for Resilience and Sustainability: Challenges and Options for Zimbabwe. Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, 36(3), 149–164.
17. Gwatirisa, C., Chirisa, I., & Mukamuri, B. (2019). Group networking and policy implementation dynamics in Zimbabwe’s urban areas: a case of public sanitation in harare. Journal of Public Administration and Development Alternatives (JPADA), 4(2), 33-48.
18. Chirisa, I., & Chivenge, M. (2019). The ‘Concept Urban Resilience’: Contextualising to Zimbabwe. Journal of Urban Systems and Innovations for Resilience in Zimbabwe, 1(1& 2), 1-19.
19. Chirisa, I., & Matamanda, A. (2019). Forces shaping urban morphology in Southern Africa Today: unequal interplay among people, practice and policy. Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability, 12(3), 354-372.
20. Kwangwama, N. A., & Chirisa, I. (2018). Land and Residential Property Transactions in Harare: Are Cessions Taking Us Anywhere? Zambezia, 45(1), 1–26.
21. Matamanda, A. R., Chirisa, I., Mukamuri, B. B., Kaduwo, P., & Mhlanga, M. (2018). Harare’s Deteriorating Wetlands: Why Sound Policies and Legislations Are Not Enough. Case Studies in the Environment, 2(1), 1–11.
22. Paradza, P., & Chirisa, I. (2018). Whither Initiatives in Housing Cooperatives and Rental Social Housing in Zimbabwe. Journal of Public Policy in Africa, 6(1), 52–64.
23. Chirisa, I., Mlambo-Simba, E., & Matamanda, A. R. (2018). Leadership, Governance and the Political Economy of the African Urban Systems: Searching for a Robust Policy Framework. Journal of Public Administration and Development Alternatives (JPADA), 3(2), 1-14.
24. Chirisa, I., Mavhima, B., & Matamanda, A. R. (2018). Youth, the Big Man Syndrome and Human Factor Decay in Urban Land Delivery in Zimbabwe. Review of Human Factor Studies, 24(1), 48-65.
25. Makunde, G., Mazorodze, C., Chirisa, I., Matamanda, A., & Pfukwa, C. (2018). Local Governance System and the Urban Service Delivery in Zimbabwe: Issues, Practices and Scope. International Journal of Technology and Management, 3(1), 13-13.
26. Chirisa, I., Chivambe, A., Mukarwi, L., & Matamanda, A. R. (2018). Spatializing Class Struggles of Post-Colonialism and Post Modernism: Of the Messing and Cleaning in the City of Harare. Critical Planning Journal 24, 121-134.
27. Chirisa, I., Bandauko, E., Matamanda, A., & Mandisvika, G. (2017). Decentralized domestic wastewater systems in developing countries: the case study of Harare (Zimbabwe). Applied Water Science, 7(3), 1069-1078.
28. Chikwetu, M., & Chirisa, I. (2017). Problems and prospects of CBD horizontal and vertical expansion in mining areas: The case of Kwekwe, Zimbabwe. Geografia-Malaysian Journal of Society and Space, 10(1), 1-10.
29. Mazongonda, S., & Chirisa, I. (2017). Order in informal enterprise: lessons from Gazaland home industry, Harare, Zimbabwe. Journal of Public Administration and Development Alternatives (JPADA), 2(1-1), 14-29.
30. Paradza, P., & Chirisa, I. (2017). Housing cooperative associations in Zimbabwe: A case study of current housing consortium in Budiriro, Harare. Journal of Public Policy in Africa, 4(2), 159-175.
31. Chirisa, I. (2017). Touts and the Control of Facilities in ‘Bleeding’Harare: A Theoretical Explanation of the Dynamics of Corruption in an African City. Social Change, 47(2), 264-280.
32. Mudehwe, R., Chirisa, I., & Matamanda, A. R. (2016). Green leasing in Zimbabwe: Lessons from Harare commercial property market. International Journal of Real Estate Studies, 10(2), 13-24.
33. Chirisa, I., & Matamanda, A. R. (2016). Addressing urban poverty in Africa in the post-2015 Period. Perspectives for adequate and sustainable housing. Journal of Settlements and Spatial Planning, 7(1), 79-87.
34. Chirisa, I., Bandauko, E., Mazhindu, E., Kwangwama, N. A., & Chikowore, G. (2016). Building resilient infrastructure in the face of climate change in African cities: Scope, potentiality and challenges. Development Southern Africa, 33(1), 113-127.

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