School of Built Environment & Development Studies

Lovemore Chipungu


Senior Lecturer



Contact Number



Howard College Campus

Office Address

Shepstone 8th floor, No. 849

Degrees Held

  • PhD (UKZN), MSc (UZ), BScHons (UZ).


  • Dr Chipungu has served in different institutions as a practitioner, researcher and lecturer where he held different portfolios. This has equipped him with town planning experience, research in various capacities and exposure to the academic environment as a lecturer and leader in various portfolios.

Areas of Research

  • Urban Housing and policy
  • Urban low-income housing
  • Urban planning and development
  • Land management and development


  • Housing Theory and Practice
  • Housing Theory and Policy
  • Layout and Subdivision


  • Golden Key Society – Honorary Member awarded in recognition of teaching excellence (2014).
  • Research Grant, UKZN, 2012.
  • Best paper award, Malaysia, 2011
  • Graduate Scholarship Award: University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa (2007).
  • Research Fellow: Nordic Africa Institute, Sweden (2005).
  • Visiting Fellow: Cardiff University, UK (1998).

Professional Affiliation

  • Corporate member of the South African Planning Institute.
  • Member of the Zimbabwe Institute of Regional and Urban Planners.
  • Academic Member of Architecture & Engineering Research Unit, Greece.

Recent Projects

  • Land – a missing link in self-help housing initiatives: A comparative study of Harare and Durban.


  • Currently supervising Masters students (in Town Planning and Housing).

Heading Title

  • Chipungu, L.; Magidimisha, H; Hardman, M and Beesley, L. (2015). The Importance of Soil Quality in the Safe Practice of Urban Agriculture: An Exploration of the Practice in Harare, Nairobi and Johannesburg in Brearley, F. and A. Thomas, A. (Ed). Land-use Change Impacts on Soil Processes Tropical and Savannah Ecosystems University of Oxford – UK. ISBN -13: 978 1 78064 210 9
  • Chipungu, L & Magimisha, H.H. (2013). Unmasking the Invisible Class in Urban Development. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing. Germany. ISBN 13: 9783659425820
  • Chipungu, L. (2012). The Economic Structural Adjustment Programme – the Precursor to the Invasion of Land for Urban Housing in Zimbabwe in Adebayo, A.A. (Ed) Architecture and the City: Mega Events, Spatial Interventions and Housing Policies. Fishwicks Printing, Durban, South Africa. pp. 154-169. ISBN: 978-0-620-54078-0.
  • Miloševic, P. & Chipungu, L. (2008). “Zimbabwe”, Chapter in International Manual of Planning Practice (IMPP; Ed. Judith Ryser and Teresa Franchini), 5th new extended edition; ISOCARP (International Society of City and Regional; Book p. 56, CD pp. 174-187; Madrid, Spain, British Library, ISBN:978-90-75524-56-7, D.L.:M-49585-2008.
  • Masiiwa, M. & Chipungu, L. (2004). Land Reform Programme in Zimbabwe: Disparity between Policy Design and Implementation in Masiiwa M. (Ed.) Post-Independence Land Reform in Zimbabwe: Controversies and Impact on the Economy. Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Institute of Development Studies, Harare. ISBN No. 0-7974-2786-4
  • Chipungu, L & Magidimisha ,H. (2015). Governance for Development in Africa: Solving Collective Action Problems.African Affairs. The Journal of the Royal African SocietyVol. 114 Issue 454: 152-154. ISSN 0001-9909
  • Chipungu, L. & Adebayo, A.A. (2013). Policy and Planning Divide: An Evaluation of Housing Production in the Aftermath of Operation Murambatsvina in Zimbabwe. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment. Vol. 28 (2), 381-396 Springer (ISSN 1573-7772)
  • Magidimisha, H.H; Chipungu, L & Hayangah, A.R. (2013). Challenges and Strategies among the Poor: Focus on Urban Agriculture in Kwa-Mashu, Durban – South Africa. Vol. 3 Issue 1. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. ISSN 2152-0801
  • Chipungu, L and H.H. Magidimisha (2011). Unconventional Housing Provision: Reflections on Health Aspects – A Case Study of Zimbabwe. Vol. 26, Issue 4: 469-485. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment. ISSN 155 – 4910.
  • Chipungu, L. (2011). Insights into Urban Development Control Challenges: A Case Study of Operation Murambatsvina/Restore Order in Zimbabwe. Vol. 4 No. 2. Journal of the Built and Human Environment Review. University of Salford. UK. ISSN 1759-0574
  • Chipungu, L. (2006). Elderly People in Zimbabwe. News – Nordic Africa Institute, No. 1 January 2006, Sweden.
  • Chipungu, L. (2005). Institutional Constraints to Land Delivery for Low Income Housing: A Case Study of Harare, Zimbabwe. RICS Foundation Our Common Estate Research Series. UK. ISBN 1-84219211-6
  • Chipungu, L. (2003). Governance in ZimbabweNews – Nordic Africa Institute, No. 2, May 2003, Sweden.
  • Chipungu, L. & Miloševic, P. & (2015). “Zimbabwe”, In International Manual of Planning Practice (IMPP; Ed. Judith Ryser and Teresa Franchini), 6th new extended edition.
  • Chipungu, L.; Magidimisha, H.H. and Chirisa, I (2015). Policy environment matters! Lessons from Service Provision in Makonde Village, Thohoyondou, South Africa. Journal of Infrastructure Development.