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Prof. Innocent Chirisa

Full Professor

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)
Key Research Areas:-Housing, Urban and Peri- Development, Environmental Systems and Planning
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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). A study on the dilemmas of resource utilisation and tourism in Africa. Chinese Journal of Population Resources and Environment 12 (2): 129-136.
24. Chirisa I & A Muzenda (2014). Limits to Ecological-based Planning in Zimbabwe: Case of Harare, TeMA Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment 7 (1): 69-84.
25. Chirisa IEW, A Mumba and SO Dirwai (2014). A Review of the Evolution and Trajectory of the African Union as an Instrument of Regional Integration. SpringerPlus 3(1): 1-8.
26. Chirisa I (2014), Building and Urban Planning in Zimbabwe with Special Reference to Harare: Putting Needs, Costs and Sustainability in Focus. Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development 11(1): 1–26
27. Chikwetu M and I Chirisa (2014). Problems and Prospects of CBD Horizontal and Vertical Expansion in Mining Areas: Case of Kwekwe, Zimbabwe. Geografia - Malaysian Journal of Society and Space 10 (1): 1 – 10.
28. Chanza N, G Mugano, I Chirisa & E Bandauko (2014). Locating Harare in the Zimbabwean Mantra of Economic Challenges: Trends, Reality and Implications in Urban Policy. Journal of Social Development in Africa 29(2): pp.161-186.
29. Chirisa I & A Muzenda (2013). Environmental Rights and the Zimbabwean Constitutional Debate: Implications for Policy and Action. Southern Peace Review Journal (Special Issue in association with the OSSREA Zimbabwe Chapter).
30. 17. Chirisa I, A Muzenda & C Manyeruke (2013). The Devolution Debate and the New Constitution of Zimbabwe: An Exploratory Evaluation. Southern Peace Review Journal (Special Issue in association with the OSSREA Zimbabwe Chapter)
31. Chirisa I, S Dumba and B Dube (2013). Servicing the Needs of Inflating Population at Growth Points in Zimbabwe: Spatio-temporal and economic considerations. Journal of Sustainable Development Studies 4(1): 36-52.
32. Chirisa I.E.W (2013). Criteria for Measuring Place Stewardship: The Example of Ruwa and Epworth, Peri-Urban Harare, Zimbabwe. Scientific Annals of "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi - Geography Series 59(1): 137-156.
33. Chirisa I, S Kawadza and N Mlambo (2013). Situating morality in housing debate: A case of Matapi hostels (Harare). Journal of AIDS and HIV Research 5(8): 292-300, DOI: 10.5897/JAHR12.036
34. Chirisa I (2013). Rethinking urban taxation in Harare, Zimbabwe: Case in municipal governance and leadership. Polish Journal of Management Studies 7: 221-236.
35. Chirisa I (2013). Characterising Women in the Informal Sector and Their Struggles to Eke a Living Lessons from Ruwa, Zimbabwe. Journal of Women's Entrepreneurship and Education (No. 1-2):10-35.
36. Dube B & I Chirisa (2013). Planning conflicts at the border: Interrogating Umguza-Bulawayo peri-urban survival strategies by large and small plot-holder farmers in Zimbabwe. Journal of Geography and Regional Planning 6(4):82-92.
37. Chirisa I (2013). Epworth in Zimbabwe: Inclusivity, Housing and the Stewardship Concept. The Built & Human Environment Review 6: 18-28.
38. Chirisa I (2013). Peri-Urban Informal Trading in Zimbabwe: A Study of Women in the Sector (WIIS) in Ruwa. Global and Science Issues,1 (1): 23-39.
39. Chirisa I (2013). Solid Waste, the ‘Throw-Away’ Culture and Livelihoods: Problems and Prospects in Harare, Zimbabwe. Journal of Environmental Science and Water Resources, 2 (1): 1-8.
40. Chirisa I (2013). Politics in Environmental Stewardship in Zimbabwe: Reflections on Ruwa and Epworth. African Journal of History and Culture 5(1): 13 – 26
41. 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 (8): 950-964
42. 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): 118-135.
43. Dumba S and Chirisa I (2012). The Political Economy of Spatial Planning in Matabeleland South Region, Zimbabwe. Regional Development Studies 16: 1-16.
44. 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): 001-011
45. Chirisa I & H Chirisa (2012). Adapting to Pressure? Social Capital Dynamics in Greendale, Harare. Global Advanced Research Journal of Social Science 1(1): 028-040.
46. 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): 125-133.
47. 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): 1-7.
48. 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): 114-131.
49. 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): 016-025.
50. 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): 68-79.
51. 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):1-13.
52. Chanza N & I Chirisa (2011). People or Environmental Quality? Solid Waste Management Dilemma in Epworth, Harare. Regional Development Studies 15: 42-57.
53. Chirisa I & N Mutsindikwa (2011). Homeownership and Urbanisation in Zimbabwe: Contradictions and Prospects for a Balanced ‘Tenure Mix’. Zambezia 38(1): 65-76.
54. Chirisa I & T Kawadza (2011). Civic Associations and Urban Governance in Harare, Zimbabwe: A special focus on the post -2008 era. Hemispheres 26/2011:59-72.
55. Chirisa I (2011). National Identity and the Question of Sovereignty in the Sadc Regional Bloc: Rhetoric, Experiences and the way forward, Dounia Issue 4:114-124.
56. 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: pp 1-15
57. Mandaza WW and I Chirisa (2011). The Micro-Entrepreneurialism-Internet Utilisation Nexus in Harare: Lessons from Small Business Operators at Newlands Shopping Centre. International Journal of Politics and Good Governance 2(2.1):1-24.
58. 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):14-27.
59. 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):41-57
60. 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
61. Chirisa I (2010). Peri-urban Dynamics and Regional Planning in Africa: Implications for Building Healthy Cities. Journal of African Studies and Development 2(2):015-026
62. Murowe SR. & I Chirisa (2006). Sally Mugabe Heights: The tale of an incidental Zimbabwean peri-urban housing scheme seeking legitimation, Zambezia 33 (i/ii): 34-45.
63. Chirisa I (2009), Informality, Deceit and the Conscience: A Survey on Ethical Dilemmas in Harare. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa 11(2): 257-280.
64. 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): 035-046.
65. 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): 166-182
66. 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): 028-035
67. Chirisa I (2009). The Geography of Informal Sector Operations (ISOs): A Perspective of Urban Zimbabwe. Journal of Geography and Regional Planning 2(4):066-079.
68. Chirisa I (2008). Population Growth and Rapid Urbanization in Africa: Implications for Sustainability. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa 10(2):361-394
69. 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): 12-28.
70. 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): 45-72.
71. 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): 53-64.
72. Chigwenya Average & I Chirisa (2007). Structures without Processes: A Case of Community Based Natural Resources Management’. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa 9(4):16-47.

Publications in Press
73. Chirisa I, T Mawere & AR Matamanda (2016). Demand-Side Management (DSM): A Tool for Improving the Energy Sector in Sub-Saharan Africa. Paper prepared for the Development and Investment in Infrastructure (DII-2016) Conference, Livingstone, Zambia, 31 August – 2 September, 2016.
74. Chirisa I, A Maphosa & L Mukarwi (2016). The Politics of Street Vending in Harare: Reflections on the Events of 2015. Journal of Development and Leadership

Other Publications/ Monographs:
1. Chirisa I (2011). Aspects in urban layout design in Zimbabwe: Case in Sunningdale, Harare, Lambert Academic Publishing: Saarbrucken (Germany) (ISBN 978-3-8443-9914-1), 64 pages.
2. Chirisa I (2011). Gender, Spatiality and Urban Informality in Zimbabwe: A Case of Women in the Informal Sector in Pre-2005 Harare, Lambert Academic Publishing: Saarbrucken (Germany) (ISBN 978-3-8454-0952-2).
3. Chirisa I (2011). Pressure, Dexterity and Household Survival in Urban Zimbabwe: Essays on selected places, neighbourhoods and issues in the Greater Harare. Lambert Academic Publishing: Saarbrucken

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