School of Built Environment & Development Studies

Oliver Mtapuri

Oliver Mtapuri


Discipline Development Studies

Contact Number 031-260-1031

Campus Howard College Campus

Office Address A713, Shepstone Building

Last Updated 11 months ago

External Research Profiles


  • Professor Oliver Mtapuri facilitates Advanced Research Methods, Poverty and Inequality, Development Management and Political Economy of the Welfare State in the School. He has a PhD in Development studies (UKZN) and an MBA degree from the University of Zimbabwe. He is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Zimbabwe. Before joining the academe, Oliver worked for 12 years in the Government of Zimbabwe as a Labour Economist/Researcher in the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare. 


  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Poverty and Inequality
  • Development Management,
  • Political Economy of the Welfare State in the Development Studies Masters Prorgramme


  • Oliver’s areas of research interest include poverty, redistribution and inequality, community-based tourism, public employment programmes, research methodologies, financial management, climate change and project management. Oliver was the Editor in Chief (Founding) of the Journal of Business and Public Dynamics for Development.

Selected Publications