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Mr. Willoughby Zimunya


Masters in Rural and Urban Planning, University of Zimbabwe, 2007. Bachelors in Rural and Urban Planning, University of Zimbabwe, 2003.

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Research Interests:

Spatial Planning, Urban Policy and Management, Development Planning and Housing

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

Mr Zimunya is a qualified Urban and Regional Planner by profession and a Corporate Member of the Zimbabwe Institute of Urban and Regional Planners. He is a Lecturer in the Department Demography Settlement and Development, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, University of Zimbabwe. He has also taught in the Rural and Urban Planning, and Urban Development at the University of Zimbabwe and Great Zimbabwe University. He was a recipient of the DAAD in-country scholarship. Further, and a doctoral student in Regional and Urban Planning at the University of the Free State, South Africa. In addition he has nineteen (19) years of professional planning practice experience in Rural and Urban Planning and Development fields in non-governmental, local and central government setups with concentration in land use plan preparation, development management, urban development projects, urban policy formulation and management, project planning and management as well planning administration.

Phone: +263 772 731 971

Zimunya, W., Matai, J., & Mukora, F. N. (2021). Big Data for What? Deciphering Messages from Citizens towards Building Urban Resilience in Zimbabwe. Journal of Urban Systems and Innovations for Resilience in Zimbabwe-JUSIRZ, 3(1), 244-263.
Matai, J., Mafuku, S. H., & Zimunya, W. (2021). Managing Urban Crime and Insecurity in Zimbabwe. In A. R. Matamanda, V. Nel & I.Chirisa (Eds.) Urban Geography in Postcolonial Zimbabwe: Paradigms and Perspectives for Sustainable Urban Planning and Governance  (pp. 163-179). Springer, Cham.
Matai, J., & Zimunya, W. (2020). Connecting Biophilic Design to Neighbourhood Energy Use Optimisation in Rural Towns: The Case of Birchenough Bridge. Journal of Urban Systems and Innovations for Resilience in Zimbabwe-JUSIRZ, 2(1), 40-60.

Conferences and Workshop Papers Presented
Chavunduka, C., Zimunya, W., & Maphosa, E. (2020). The Political Economy of Land Reform in Zimbabwe with implications for Southern Africa. In 2020 Annual World Bank Conference on and Land and Poverty. Washington D.C. USA: World Bank.
Chavunduka, C., & Zimunya, W. (2018). Land Readjustment: The Missing Link In Urban Zimbabwe. In Land Governance as a Driver for Sustainable Socio-Economic Development. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: The Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa Continental.
Zimunya, W., & Mutsindikwa, N. (2018). National Command Housing Delivery Programme: A Spatial planning perspective. In Towards the development of a Sustainable Human Settlement Regimen in Zimbabwe. Harare, Zimbabwe: National Command Housing Delivery Programme Symposium.
Zimunya, W. (2017). Strengthening Project Planning and Management Systems in Urban Local Authorities. In Enhancing service delivery through technological Interventions. Tertiary Institutions and local authorities Partnerships. Harare: University of Zimbabwe.
Zimunya, W. (2021). Participatory By- Law Formulation Process. In City of Mutare / Research Triangle Institute Awareness Workshop on Municipal By-Laws. Mutare: City of Mutare / Research Triangle Institute.

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Professional membership, Committees, Boards:

Board Member of the Manicaland Agricultural Society 2015-2016
Committee Member of the Gimboki South Housing Scheme Management Committee (2016).

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