Chipo Plaxedes Mubaya

Qualifications: PhD
Affiliation: Chinhoyi University of Technology
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Chipo Plaxedes Mubaya holds a PhD in Development Studies from the University of the Free State, South Africa. She is currently Deputy Director/Senior Research Fellow in the Directorate of Research and Resource Mobilisation at the Chinhoyi University of Technology, Zimbabwe. She has conducted livelihoods assessments, vulnerability assessments, gender analysis in CBNRM and climate change adaptation and institutional and stakeholder analysis in Sub-Saharan Africa. Chipo was part of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and UK Department for International Development (DFID) funded African Climate Change Fellowship Programme (ACCFP) both as a Doctoral Fellow and as Senior Programme Officer from 2010 to 2013 at the Institute of Resource Assessment (IRA), University of Dar es Salaam. She is currently involved in the DFID funded Climate Implementation Research Capacity Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE), CODESRIA’s Comparative Research network and IKS and climate change adaptation research with the University of KwaZulu Natal. She was awarded a World Social Science Fellowship in Sustainable Urbanisation by the International Social Science Council (ISSC) in 2013. Chipo has also been involved in applied research with specific experience in Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D), specifically on enabling rural innovations through linking farmers to markets and understanding social dynamics for farmers in participatory action research. This experience was gained through working with the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Harare as a Doctoral Fellow. Chipo has also been involved in engaging local level stakeholders in a multidisciplinary setting in ‘Building adaptive capacity to deal with vulnerability due to climate change’ in Zimbabwe and Zambia, funded by IDRC, including Oxfam GB funded programmes both as principal investigator and co-researcher. Her research interests are in rural development, agriculture and natural resource management and rural/urban climate change adaptation.

Current research

Development of a white paper for gender mainstreaming in climate smart agriculture in West Africa
Indigenous Knowledge Systems and climate change adaptation in small-scale agriculture systems in Southern Africa

The environment and technology nexus in Zimbabwe: a landscape approach for livelihoods and food security