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Prof. Innocent Chirisa


D.Phil in Rural and Urban Planning (UZ), MSc (Rural & Urban Planning, UZ); BSc (Rural & Urban Planning Honours, UZ); Post-Grad Diploma (Land Management Informal Settlements Regularisation, IHS, The Netherlands)

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Research Interests:

Housing, Urban and Peri- Development, Environmental Systems and Planning

Faculty: Social Studies
Department: Rural and Urban Planning
Research Category: Rural and Urban Planning

Phone: +263 773 964 334

Edited Books
1. Chirisa, I. & P. Kwaira (eds.). (2017). Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio Economic Transformation: Critical Perspectives and Debates in Public Policy. University of Zimbabwe Publications: Harare, Zimbabwe.
2. Chirisa I & Matamanda AR. (2017). ‘Holism and Systems Thinking for the Planning of Sustainable Human Settlements in Zimbabwe’, in AG Nhema (ed.), Zimbabwe: The Search for Sustainable Development Paradigms, Harare: University of Zimbabwe Publications, pp.72-93.
3. Chirisa I, E Bandauko, G Mandisvika, A Maphosa & L Mukarwi (2017). ‘Whose City Is It Anyway? Limits of City Branding in Harare amidst the Storm of Economic Hardships in Zimbabwe’. City Branding Campaigns and Methods for Promoting Tourist Destinations, IGI Global: Pennsylvania, USA.
4. Chirisa, I. Bandauko, E. & Kwangwama, N. A. (2017). ‘Putting the ‘Third Approach’ in perspective in the planning for Infrastructure and Utilities in the Context of ZIMASSET’. In I. Chirisa & P. Kwaira (Eds), Zimbabwe Agenda for sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation: Critical Perspectives and Debates in Public Policy. Harare: University of Zimbabwe Publications. pp. 46-58.
5. Paradza, P. and 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.
6. 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
7. Chirisa I and Matamanda A R. (2017). ‘Holism and Systems Thinking for the Planning of Sustainable Human Settlements in Zimbabwe’, in AG. Nhema (ed.), Zimbabwe: The Search for Sustainable Development paradigms, Harare, University of Zimbabwe Publications (pp.72-93).
8. Chirisa I, E Mazhindu & E Bandauko (eds.) (2016). Peri-Urban Developments and Processes in Africa with Special Reference to Zimbabwe, Springer International Publishers: Amsterdam
9. Chirisa I (ed.) (2013). Contemporary Rural and Urban Issues in Zimbabwe: Implications for Policy and Planning, Academica Press: London.
10. Javangwe G and I Chirisa (eds.) (2013). Navigating the Contours of African Childhood Experiences: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, Academica Press: London (ISBN: 978-1936320592)
11. Mapira J and I Chirisa (eds.) (2012). Urbanization in Zimbabwe: Selected Cities. Carolivia Herron and EpicCenter Stories: Washington DC.

Edited Book Chapters
1. Chirisa I, E Bandauko, G Mandisvika, A Maphosa & L Mukarwi (2016). Whose City Is It Anyway?: Limits of City Branding in Harare amidst the Storm of Economic Hardships in Zimbabwe. Ch. N/A: City Branding Campaigns and Methods for Promoting Tourist Destinations, IGI Global: Pennsylvania.
2. Chirisa I, A Maphosa, L Zanamwe, E Bandauko & Liaison Mukarwi (2016), Past, Present and Future Population Growth and Urban Management in Zimbabwe: Putting Institutions in Perspective. Ch. 4: Population Growth and Rapid Urbanization in the Developing World, IGI Global: Pennsylvania.
3. Chirisa I, E Bandauko & S.T Kawadza (2015). Science Communication as a Tool for Advancing the Environmental Education on Climate Change: Can Africa do it better? Ch. 5: Wilson Lynn and Carolyn Stevenson (eds.) Promoting Climate Change Awareness through Environmental Education, IGI Global: Pennsylvania (pp.94-107).
4. Chirisa I & E Bandauko (2015). Civil society advocacy and environmental migration in Zimbabwe A case study in public policy. Chapter 13 in Rosenow-Williams K and F Gemenne (eds.) Organizational Perspectives on Environmental Migration (pp179-197) ), Routledge: New York.
5. Chirisa I, E Bandauko & G Chikowore (2014). Urban Land Development in Africa. Chapter 9 in: Mararike C (ed.) Land: An Asset for Economic Empowerment In Africa: A Human Factor Perspective, University of Zimbabwe Publications: Harare (pp127-149)
6. Chikowore G, I Chirisa, H Annergarn, T Makonese, C Ito, V Mabika & S Ruturi (2014). Agro-forestry Resources Management, Transformation and Challenges in Southern Africa Africa: The Case of Post-land Resettlement in Zimbabwe, 2000-2013. Chapter 15 in: Mararike C (ed.). Land: An Asset for Economic Empowerment In Africa: A Human Factor Perspective, University of Zimbabwe Publications: Harare (pp232-249)
7. Kawadza ST & I Chirisa (2013). Locating the Sine Qua Non of Good Urban Governance to Harare’s Economic Development. Chapter 3 in Babu M Ganesh, G. Vani and N. Panchanatham (eds.). Connoisseur strategies for Global business Management (Trends and Techniques), Archers and Elevators Publishing House, Bangalore.
8. Chirisa I (2013). Collaborative Community Library Planning and Economic Crisis - The Case of Harare, Zimbabwe. Chapter 14 in Dudley M (ed). Public Libraries and Resilient Cities: Creating Sustainable and Equitable Places. American Library Association: Chicago: pp147-156
9. Chirisa I (2013). Social Protection amid Increasing Instability in Zimbabwe: Scope, Institutions and Policy Options. Chapter 6 in S. Devereux, M. Getu (eds). Informal and Formal Social Protection Systems in sub-Saharan Africa, OSSREA and Fountain Publishers.
10. Chirisa I (2012). Chapter 8: ‘Social Capital Dynamics in Post-colonial Harare Urbanscape’. Lewandowski Joseph D. & Gregory W. Streich (eds.), Urban Social Capital: Civil Society and City Life. Ashgate

Journal Articles
1. Chirisa I and A.R Matamanda (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.
2. Chirisa I, E Bandauko, A Matamanda & G Mandisvika (2016). Decentralized domestic wastewater systems in developing countries: the case study of Harare (Zimbabwe): Applied Water Science, DOI 10.1007/s13201-016-0377-4
3. Chirisa I, E Bandauko, E Mazhindu, NA Kwangwama & G Chikowore (2016). Building Resilient Infrastructure in the Face of Climate Change in African Cities: Scope, Potentiality and Challenges. Development Southern Africa, 33(1): 113-127.
4. Matovu, G, I. Chirisa & A Matamanda (2015). Local government and governance in Anglophone and Lusophone Africa and its relevance on the EU Agenda: Continuity with Change. Journal of Public Policy in Africa, 3(1):20-36.
5. Chirisa I, SO Dirwai & A Matamanda (2015) A review on the systems approach for solving the complexity of the environmental problematique of cities in Africa. Future Cities and Environment, 1(1):1-11.
6. Mabaso A, MD Shekede, I Chirisa, L Zanamwe, I Gwitira and E Bandauko (2015). Urban Physical Development and Master Planning in Zimbabwe: An Assessment of Conformance in the City of Mutare. Journal for Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, 4(1 & 2): 72-88.
7. Mandisvika G, I Chirisa & E Bandauko (2015). Post-Harvest Issues: Rethinking Technology for Value-Addition in Food Security and Food Sovereignty in Zimbabwe. Advances in Food Technology and Nutritional Sciences. Open Journal, 1(1): 29-37.
8. Chirisa I, E Bandauko & M Gaza (2015). Transport and the environment: a critical review for Africa. Chinese Journal of Population Resources and Environment,1078489 DOI:10.1080/10042857.2015.1078489)
9. Chirisa I (2015). The Informal Striving to Formalize Operations for Survival: The Example of Two Women Housing Cooperatives in Harare, Zimbabwe. Journal of Women’s Entrepreneurship and Education (JWE), number 1-2: 105-122.
10. Chirisa I, E Bandauko & N Mutsindikwa (2015). Distributive Politics at Play in Harare, Zimbabwe: Case for Housing Cooperatives. Bandung: Journal of the Global South, 2: 1-13.
11. Chirisa I & E Bandauko (2015). African Cities and the Water-Food-Climate-Energy Nexus: an Agenda for Sustainability and Resilience at a Local Level. Urban Forum, 26(4), 391-404.
12. Chirisa I, L Nyamadzawo, E Bandauko & N Mutsindikwa (2015). The 2008/2009 Cholera Outbreak in Harare, Zimbabwe: Case of Failure in Urban Environmental Health and Planning. Review on Environmental Health, 30(2): 117–124.
13. Chirisa, I. Bandauko, E. and Kawadza, S. (2014). Infrastructure, Indigenisation and the Black Economic Empowerment Policy in Zimbabwe: rethinking the role of the State. Journal for Development & Leadership 3(2):53-61.
14. Chirisa I and E Bandauko (2014) Debating the Inconsistencies between Constitutional Provisions on Decentralisation and Citizen Participation Realities in Zimbabwe. Journal of Governance & Development 10(2): 1 – 18.
15. Chirisa I, M Gaza & E Bandauko (2014). Housing Cooperatives and the Politics of Local Organization and Representation in Peri-Urban Harare, Zimbabwe. African Studies Quarterly 15(1): 37-53.
16. Chirisa I and A Matamanda (2014). Ecological Planning as an Inner-City Revitalisation Agenda for Harare, Zimbabwe. City, Territory and Architecture 2014:1-13.
17. Chirisa I and E Bandauko (2014). Land and Space Utilisation in Cities: Reflections on and Implications of Spatial Democratisation and Governance in Harare. Zimbabwe Journal of Political Economy 1(1): 56-68
18. Chirisa I, S Kawadza and A Muzenda (2014). Unexplored Elasticity of Planning and Good Governance in Harare, Zimbabwe. International Review for Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development 2(4): 19-29
19. Chirisa, I (2014). Linking Time Use to Implementation of Spatial Plans: What Explains the Dysfunctional Urban Landscapes in Zimbabwe? Journal of Settlements and Spatial Planning 5(1): 49-60.
20. Chirisa I, ST Kawadza and E Bandauko (2014). Answering to the domesticability of exotic options and strategies in managing Africa's urban landscapes for sustainability beyond 2015. SpringerPlus 01/2014; 3:241.
21. Chirisa I (2012). Peri-urbanisation and Sustainability in Zimbabwe: Putting Spatial Planning to Task. Zambezia 39(1): 1-24.
22. Chirisa, I (2014). The Role of the Informal Sector in African Regional Integration: Scope and Limits. Insight on Africa 6(1): 131-144.
23. Chirisa I, B Muchenje & S Kawadza (2014).

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