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DST-NRF SARChI Chair in Sustainable Local (Rural) Livelihoods

Prof. Betty Mubangizi-Research Chair

As Research Chair in Sustainable Local Rural Livelihoods, Prof Mubangizi endeavours to understand and explain the opportunities and challenges in the implementation of rural policy while building research capacity of senior students in that regard.


Professor Mubangizi, a full Professor of Public Administration and Governance and an NRF-rated researcher, previously served as the Dean and Head of School the School for the School of Management, IT and Governance and prior that was the Dean of Teaching and Learning in the College of Law and Management Studies as the Dean of Teaching and Learning. She also served as the Interim Dean of the School of Built Environment and Development Studies in the College of Humanities from 2015 to 2016.

Professor Mubangizi is the Managing Editor of the African Journal of Governance and
Development and Guest Editor of the Loyola Journal of Social Sciences. Between June 2017 – June 2019 Prof Mubangizi was a member of the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP)’s Scientific Committee based at Bergen University in Norway. The Scientific Committee serves as a think tank and support structure to advise CROP in setting a research agenda for knowledge generation and dissemination.

A message from the Research Chair

The livelihoods framework offers a useful lens through which to analyse the fragility and sustainability of livelihoods. The framework points to a set of livelihood resources (natural, social, human, physical and financial) as necessary for livelihood activities that produce ideal livelihood outcomes. For this to happen, the livelihood framework further suggests, there ought to be effective and efficient structures and processes operating within an ideal policy and legislative framework. Lastly, the framework reminds us of ‘shocks’ – these are the unexpected phenomena that occur to disrupt an otherwise stable livelihood, one with a clear set of livelihood activities operating within an ideal institutional, policy and legislative framework to produce desired livelihood outcomes. Livelihoods are affected by such shocks as floods, drought, global financial crises, political turmoil and diseases. The COVID-19 pandemic is one such ‘shock’ to livelihoods across the globe. Livelihoods are said to be sustainable when they can cope with and recover from shocks, maintain resources and capabilities to engage in livelihood activities and do so without undermining the natural resource base.


Our team of researchers is currently involved in various research projects in different communities. The research covers divers issues ranging from public employment programmes,risk governance,municipal perfomance and governance networks.


The work of the Chair will support the capacity of researchers and public administrators to formulate and support effective public administration processes in responding to poverty and social exclusion within the framework of sustainable livelihoods.


The  Chair in Sustainable Local (Rural) Livelihoods is posited in the theory and practice of Public Administration and focuses on the public service delivery system as critical to reducing social exclusion and poverty among the rural, mainly women populace.

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