Dr Innocent Chirisa

Lecturer

Chirisa

Dr Innocent Chirisa

PhD – Housing, Peri-urbanity and Environmental Stewardship (2013), University of Zimbabwe

Dip. Land Management and Informal Settlement Regularisation, Institute for Housing and Urban Development, Erasmus University, The Netherlands

BSc (Hons.)– Rural and Urban Planning, (2005), University of Zimbabwe

MSc – Rural and Urban Planning, (2003), University of Zimbabwe

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 Research Interests: Housing, Environmental Planning & Management, The Peri-urban Space, Governance, Policy Analysis, Urban Management

Short Courses: Coordinating Site Acquisition, Agency and Land Management (SAALM) (certificate)

Dr Innocent Chirisa holds a DPhil degree in Social Studies. His area of specialty has a strong inclination towards Regional and Urban Planning. His DPhil thesis title, which passed in 2013, is entitled ‘Housing and Stewardship in Peri-urban Settlements in Zimbabwe: A Case Study of Ruwa and Epworth. The topic generally puts into limelight issues of space governance in which the establishment of human settlements is a major area of concern. Stewardship is a matter of the caring mandate institutions and organisations created wield 8in order to advance the sustainability agenda of the place. 

In Zimbabwe, like most developing countries, stewardship is not a given. There are a number of critical concerns including finance, political will, societal will to name but a few. Peri-urban settlements are particularly very difficult to manage given the intersectional and cross-purposing matters characterising them.  Dr Chirisa quizzes the sustainability debate of the peri-urban in light of these challenges of the same area/region. To understand the housing aspect especially land management and informal settlement, he spent some time at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development, Erasmus University, The Netherlands, in 2009 where he was a fellow and earned a Post-Graduate Diploma in Land Management and Informal Settlement Regularisation. Between 2003 and 2005, Chirisa studied for his MSc in Rural and Urban Planning at the University of Zimbabwe. His MSc Thesis was entitled, ‘Mainstreaming Gender into Economic Empowerment: A Case Study of the Women in the Informal Sector’. In this debate, Chirisa observes the phenomenon arising in African cities with particular reference to Harare in which the post-colonial terrain of the city has been characterised by women claiming space in the urban arena. Before that, the city was for the African men, who had tenure there as temporary residents. Chirisa pays particular concern to the changing urban spatiality advocating for accommodation of women into various livelihood activities.  However, he observes that most of such activities are of low profile like street vending and manufacture of simple wares and marketing them.

His first degree, which he studied for between 1999 and 2003, was a BSc (Hons.) in Rural and Urban Planning, (2005), University of Zimbabwe. After graduating with a Master’s Degree Chirisa worked for two years at the Harare Polytechnic College where he taught courses for the National Certificate and National Diploma in Valuation and Estate Management and Urban and Regional Planning. During his Master’s studies, he worked as a Property Administrator at Bard Real Estate of which the main tasks were rental negotiations with tenants, property maintenance and valuation of real property.  Chirisa joined the University of Zimbabwe in March 2007. In eight years, he has published over 60 journal articles, 8 book chapters and edited 3 books. His research passion is in regional planning, urban informality, housing and shelter, environment and natural resources, systems dynamics, place stewardship, infrastructure and development projects, urban governance and urban policy. Currently Dr Chirisa is the Zimbabwe Chapter liaison officer for the Organisation for Social Science Research in Eastern & Southern Africa (OSSREA). He is also a member of the American Political Science Association (APSA), of the International Society for Urban Health (ISUH), and the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP).

 Research Publications:

1. Chirisa I (2013)., Peri-Urban Informal Trading in Zimbabwe: A Study of Women in the Sector (WIIS) in Ruwa. Global and Science Issues1 (1):pp.23-39.
2. Chirisa I (2013)., Solid Waste, the ‘Throw-Away’ Culture and Livelihoods: Problems and Prospects in Harare, Zimbabwe. Journal of Environmental Science and Water Resources2 (1): pp 1-8.
3. Chirisa I (2013)., Politics in Environmental Stewardship in Zimbabwe: Reflections on Ruwa and Epworth. African Journal of History and Culture 5(1): pp13 – 26, DOI: 10.5897/AJHC11.026.
4. Chirisa I and K Muhomba (2013)., Constraints to managing urban and housing land in the context of poverty: A Case of Epworth Settlement in Zimbabwe, Local Environment 18 (1): pp1-15.
5. Chirisa (2013)., Increased Squalor in Urban and Peri-urban Zimbabwe since 2009: Assessing the Rhetoric, Practices and Contradictions of the Government of National Unity. Southern Peace Review Journal 2(1): pp118-135.
6. Dumba S and Chirisa I (2012)., The Political Economy of Spatial Planning in Matabeleland South Region, Zimbabwe. Regional Development Studies 16:
7. Chirisa I (2012)., African local governments and the MDGS: Constraints and Policy Alternatives. Global Advanced Research Journal of Peace, Gender and Development Studies 1(1): pp. 001-011
8. Chirisa I & H Chirisa (2012)., Adapting to Pressure? Social Capital Dynamics in Greendale, Harare. Global Advanced Research Journal of Social Science 1(1): pp 028-040.
9. Chirisa I (2012)., Housing and the Townscape: Examining, inter alia, International Remittances’ Contribution to Ruwa Growth. Global Journal of Applied Sciences, Management and Social Sciences, 2012 (2): pp 125-133.
10. Chirisa I and S Dumba (2012)., Intelligent Cities And Infrastructure: An Inquiry into Accessibility and Usage of ICTs by the Poor in Zimbabwean Cities. Global Journal for Information Technology and Computer Science 1(1): pp 1-7.
11. Chirisa I, S Dumba & T Mukura (2012). Innovative, Adaptive and Survivalist Strategies by Small Business Enterprises in Zimbabwe (1990-2009): Implications for Policy and Planning. International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences 2(5): pp 114-131.
12. Dube D and I Chirisa (2012). The Informal City: Assessing its Scope, Variants and Direction in Harare, Zimbabwe. Global Advanced Research Journal of Geography and Regional Planning 1(1): pp 016-025.
13. Nyabvedzi F & I Chirisa (2012), Spatial Security and Quest of Solutions to Crime in Neighbourhoods in Urban Zimbabwe: Case in Marlborough East, Harare. Journal of Geography and Regional Planning 5(3): pp. 68-79.
14. Chirisa I and S Dumba (2012)., Spatial planning, legislation and the historical and contemporary challenges in Zimbabwe: A conjectural approach. Journal of African Studies and Development 4(1):pp. 1-13.
15. Chanza N & I Chirisa (2011)., People or Environmental Quality? Solid Waste Management Dilemma in Epworth, Harare. Regional Development Studies 15: 42-57.
16. Chirisa I & N Mutsindikwa (2011)., Homeownership and Urbanisation in Zimbabwe: Contradictions and Prospects for a Balanced ‘Tenure Mix’. Zambezia 38(1): pp65-76.
17. Chirisa I & T Kawadza (2011)., Civic Associations and Urban Governance in Harare, Zimbabwe: A special focus on the post -2008 era. Hemispheres 26/2011: pp 59-72.
18. Chirisa I (2011)., National Identity and the Question of Sovereignty in the Sadc Regional Bloc: Rhetoric, Experiences and the way forward, Dounia Issue 4: pp114-124.
19. Chirisa I and T Muchini (2011), Youth, Unemployment and Peri-Urbanity in Zimbabwe: a Snapshot of lessons from Hatcliffe, International Journal of Politics and Good Governance 2(2.2), Quarter II: pp1-15
20. Mandaza WW and I Chirisa (2011)., The microentrepreneurialism-internet utilisation nexus in Harare: lessons from small business operators at Newlands Shopping Centre. International Journal of Politics and Good Governance 2(2.1): pp 1-24.
21. Muderere T and I Chirisa (2010) ‘Incubated in a crisis, born with teeth already’: The Rise of Turf Rural Service Centre in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe Journal of Geographical Research 3(1): pp 14-27.
22. Chirisa I (2010)., An analysis of the environmental stewardship concept and its applicability in peri-urban towns: lessons from Epworth in Zimbabwe. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa 12(4): pp 41-57
23. Dumba S & I Chirisa (2010)., The plight of illegal migrants in South Africa: A case study of Zimbabweans in Soshanguve Extension 4 and 5. International Journal of Politics and Good Governance 1(1.2): 1-17
24. Chirisa I (2010)., Peri-urban Dynamics and Regional Planning in Africa: Implications for Building Healthy Cities. Journal of African Studies and Development 2(2): pp. 015-026
25. Murowe SR. & I Chirisa (2006)., Sally Mugabe Heights: The tale of an incidental Zimbabwean peri-urban housing scheme seeking legitimation, Zambezia 33 (i/ii): pp34-45.
26. Chirisa I (2009), Informality, Deceit and the Conscience: A Survey on Ethical Dilemmas in Harare. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa 11(2): pp 257-280.
27. Chirisa I & Chanza N (2009)., How Will Climate Change Transform African Local Governance? –Assessing the Role of Civic Engagement. Journal of Public Administration and Policy Research 1(2): pp 035-046.
28. Jonga W & I Chirisa (2009)., Urban Local Governance in the Crucible: Empirical Overtones of Central Government Meddling in Local Urban Councils Affairs in Zimbabwe. Theoretical and Empirical Researches in Urban Management 3(12): pp 166-182
29. Chirisa I (2009)., Prospects for the Asset Based Community Development Approach in Epworth and Ruwa, Zimbabwe: A Housing and Environmental Perspective. African Journal of History and Culture 1 (6): pp. 028-035
30. Chirisa I (2009)., The Geography of Informal Sector Operations (ISOs): A Perspective of Urban Zimbabwe. Journal of Geography and Regional Planning 2(4), pp. 066-079.
31. Chirisa I (2008)., Population Growth and Rapid Urbanization in Africa: Implications for Sustainability. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa 10(2): pp.361-394
32. Chirisa I & KM Munzwa (2008)., Collective Collateralisation, Group Democracy and the Urban Marginalised Communities in Zimbabwe: A Case of Tashinga Housing Co-operative In Harare’. Local Governance Development Journal 2(1): pp 12-28.
33. Munzwa KM & I Chirisa Farai S Madzivanzira (2007)., Participatory Budgeting and Participatory Planning: Defining the Theoretical and Practical Emphases in the Two Approaches’. Local Governance Development Journal 1(2): pp45-72.
34. Chirisa I (2007)., Post-2005 Harare: A Case of the Informal Sector and Street Vending Resilience. What Options Do Key Actors Have?’ Local Governance Development Journal 1(1): pp53-64.
35. Chigwenya Average & I Chirisa (2007)., Structures without Processes: A Case of Community Based Natural Resources Management’. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa 9(4): pp 16-47.

 Refereed Book Chapters

1. 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.
2. 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
3. Chirisa I (2012)., Urbanisation in Africa: An Overview. Chapter 2 in Mapira Jemitias and Innocent Chirisa (eds.) Urbanization in Zimbabwe: Selected Cities. Carolivia Herron and EpicCenter Stories: Washington DC.
4. Chirisa I (2012)., Urban Planning and Design in Zimbabwe. Chapter 4 in Mapira Jemitias and Innocent Chirisa (eds.) Urbanization in Zimbabwe: Selected Cities. Carolivia Herron and EpicCenter Stories: Washington DC
5. Chirisa I and S Dumba (2012)., Urban Transport in Zimbabwe. Chapter 7 in Mapira Jemitias and Innocent Chirisa (eds.) Urbanization in Zimbabwe: Selected Cities. Carolivia Herron and EpicCenter Stories: Washington DC
6. Chirisa I (2012)., The City of Gweru. Chapter 20 in Mapira Jemitias and Innocent Chirisa (eds.) Urbanization in Zimbabwe: Selected Cities. Carolivia Herron and EpicCenter Stories: Washington DC
7. Chirisa 1 (2013)., Struggles in peri-urban settlements of Ruwa and Epworth, Zimbabwe. Chapter 7 in G Javangwe and I Chirisa (eds). Navigating the Contours of African Childhood Experiences: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, Academica Press: London (ISBN: 978-1936320592)
8. Chirisa I, Nyasha Takawira Mutsindikwa, Nelson Chanza, Smart Dumba, Marilyn Chaonwa-Gaza and John Bowora (2013)., Technocracy, Rationality and Post-coloniality in Zimbabwe: Zooming on selected issues. Chapter 1 in Chirisa I (ed)., Contemporary Rural And Urban Issues in Zimbabwe: Implications for Policy and Planning, Academica Press: London.
9. Chirisa I (2013)., Housing the Urban Poor in Zimbabwe: A Policy Review. Chapter 2 in Chirisa I (ed)., Contemporary Rural And Urban Issues in Zimbabwe: Implications for Policy and Planning, Academica Press: London.
10. Chirisa I (2013)., Urban Housing Land and Speculation: Could Someone Be Fooling Someone? Chapter 3 in Chirisa I (ed)., Contemporary Rural And Urban Issues in Zimbabwe: Implications for Policy and Planning, Academica Press: London.
11. Matambo Bothwell, Innocent Chirisa and Shingai Kawadza (2013)., The Story of Joshua Mqabuko Expressway in Harare: A Clash of Residents, Planning and Policy Concerns? Chapter 5 in Chirisa I (ed)., Contemporary Rural And Urban Issues in Zimbabwe: Implications for Policy and Planning, Academica Press: London.
12. Chirisa Innocent and Trymore Muderere (2013)., The Role of Residents Trusts in Human Rights Education and Advocacy. Chapter 6 in Chirisa I (ed.)., Contemporary Rural And Urban Issues in Zimbabwe: Implications for Policy and Planning, Academica Press: London.
13. Chirisa I (2013)., Time Use and the Daily Behaviour of Street Vendors in Harare CBD. Chapter 7 in Chirisa I (ed)., Contemporary Rural And Urban Issues in Zimbabwe: Implications for Policy and Planning, Academica Press: London.

 Occasional/Working Papers

1. Chirisa I (2010)., Inner-City Revitalization and the Poor in Harare: Experiences, Instruments and Lessons from Mbare, Alonso Ayala & Ellen Geurts (Editors)., Urbanising Africa: the city centre revisited - Experiences with inner-city revitalisation from Johannesburg (South Africa), Mbabane (Swaziland), Lusaka (Zambia), Harare and Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) - IHS Working Paper 026, IHS: Rotterdam