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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, E Mazhindu & E Bandauko (eds.) (2016). Peri-Urban Developments and Processes in Africa with Special Reference to Zimbabwe, Springer International Publishers: Amsterdam
2. Chirisa I (ed.) (2013). Contemporary Rural and Urban Issues in Zimbabwe: Implications for Policy and Planning, Academica Press: London.
3. Javangwe G and I Chirisa (eds.) (2013). Navigating the Contours of African Childhood Experiences: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, Academica Press: London (ISBN: 978-1936320592)
4. 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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