Event Date and time: Wednesday 7th June, 2017 | 18:00 – 20:00 

Venue details: Africa Research Institute | 55 Tufton Street, London, SW1P 3QL

Organisers: Africa Research Institute 

Event website: Altered landscape, changing livelihoods: missing urbanisation in Zimbabwe

Event cost: Free

Zimbabwe’s 2012 census report suggests that significant de-urbanisation occurred between 2002 and 2012. Some commentators have cited urban-rural migration and the Fast Track Land Reform Programme initiated in 2000 as the principal drivers of this phenomenon. However, while the populations of the large cities appear to be growing slowly, if at all, unadjusted boundaries mean that the demographic growth associated with urban sprawl has not been captured. In-depth analysis also reveals rapid population growth in peri-urban areas that should be designated as urban, and in many small and intermediate urban settlements.

Our three expert speakers will examine population distribution and migration, the impact of the reconfiguration of the rural economy, and the administration of new settlements; and consider the political and economic implications for Zimbabwe ahead of elections in 2018.

The event also marks the launch of “On the periphery: Missing urbanisation in Zimbabwe” by Dr Beacon Mbiba.


Dr Beacon Mbiba – School of the Built Environment, Oxford Brookes University; lead author, “HABITAT III Regional Report for Africa”

Professor JoAnn McGregor – Department of Human Geography, University of Sussex; director of the Sussex Africa Centre

Professor Ian Scoones – Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex; co-author, “Zimbabwe’s Land Reform: Myths and Realities”

The event is free and open to all but spaces are limited. To avoid disappointment please register on Eventbrite.

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