Research and publications

Major Research Focus Areas

Main Research Themes (Areas) Sub-themes
Land, Local Economic Development and Governance

Land and Property Management

Regularization and Improvement of Informal Settlements

Property and Business Formalisation

Spatial Strategic and Action Planning

Local Economic Development

Urban/Land Governance

Urban and Rural Sociology

Public Policy Analysis

Urban-Rural linkages

Preparation and Use of Digital Image Map Data Bases

Application of Geographical and Land Information Systems

Housing and Infrastructure Development and Management

Building Materials and Construction technology

Building Design, Construction and Management

Housing Procurement

Housing Support Services

Housing Finance

Water Supply and Sanitation

Transportation & Energy

Roads and Drainage

Housing and Urban Indicators

Climate Change and Environmental Risk

Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation

Climate Change Impact Modelling


Carbon Credits and Markets

Disaster Management

Vulnerability Assessment

Pollution Control

Environmental Management

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

Natural Resources

Natural Resources Accounting

Ecosystem and Ecosystem Services

Natural Landscape Planning and Management

Biodiversity Conservation

Integrated Water Resources Management

Water-food-energy Nexus

Agriculture and Development

Remote Sensing and GIS for Natural Resources


Existing Links, Partnerships and Collaborative Research Projects

Ongoing Research Projects

1. Coping with Urban and Infrastructure Heterogeneity: Sustainable Energy Transition in Mozambique and Tanzania. Cooperation with UTRETCH.


Value: € 150,000

Analysis of energy use regimes in urban areas; in Dar es Salaam and Mozambique
  • UTRETCH University, Netherlands
  • Edward Mondlane University, Mozambique 2018 2022
2. Knowledge for Action for Urban Quality (KNOW) (Cooperation with University College London)

Global Challenge Research Fund/Research Council UK

Value; $ 300,000

Transformative research and action for urban equality; Building research capacity; and Developing Urban Learning Hubs.



  • Urban Institute, Sheffield University, UK
  • Development Planning Unit, University College of London
  • Indian Institute of Human Settlement (IIHS)
  • Durham University
  • Asian Coalition for Housing Rights, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Makerere University, Kampala Uganda
  • Centre for Community Initiatives, Tanzania
  • Sierra Leone Urban Resource Centre, Njala University
  • Urban Research and Action Group, Instituto Superior Politecnico Jose Antonio Echeverria, Havana, Cuba
  • Department of Architecture, PUCP Pontifical Universidad Catolica del Peru, Lima 2018 2022
3. TISA Spillover Fund AS$128,363  
  • Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF)
  • National Irrigation Commission (NIRC) 2018 2021
4. CityLab Dar es Salaam

Robert Bosch Stiftung


€ 200,000

Developing innovative research, conduct purposeful training and do experiment on urban transformation. The aim of the CityLab is to understand and influence systemic change, to produce policy-relevant knowledge and to develop solutions and ideas towards a more sustainable human settlement path.
  • University of Fraser Valley 2018 2020
5. Cities in their own rights: Unpacking Southern Urban Planning Theories and Practices

Urban Studies Foundation

€ 20,000

Exploring and contextualizing different planning theories and models, experiments and practices that may have the potential to transforming and accommodating more inclusive, environmentally sustainable pathways for local urban developments in the region.

  • German University of Technology in Oman
  • Technical University of Darmstadt
  N/A 2018 2019
6. Transforming Irrigation in Southern Africa (TISA)


Value; US $ 280,000

To improve farmer livelihoods, equity and community management in smallholder irrigation schemes in Southern Africa.
  • Australian National University (ANU)
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
  • University of South Australia (UniSA)
  • National Irrigation Institute (NII), Mozambique
  • ICRISAT, Zimbabwe
  • FANRPAN, Pretoria, South Africa
  • University of Pretoria, South Africa 2017 2021

The Urban Land Nexus and Inclusive Urbanization in Dar es Salaam, Mwanza and Khartoum

East Africa Research Fund

Value; Pound 133,000

 To identify, research, and stimulate policy debate on actionable changes that are politically feasible and scalable within existing urban systems, and will foster more inclusive and welfare-enhancing urban transitions.
  • Institute of Development Studies (IDS)
  • University of Sussex
  • Centre for Community Initiative, Dar es Salaam
  • International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
  • Utrecht University
  • University of Khartoum 2017 2020
8. Governance and Planning of Resilient Cities in East Africa



Euro 120,119

Developing and implementing a strategy for research and academic capacity building on resilient cities and their governance in East Africa.
  • Technical University of Dortmund (TUD), Germany 2017 2020
9. Governance of Land and Municipal services in Urban Centre in Tanzania


Value; Sek 1,615,320

Building research capacity at Ardhi University and the local government authorities in governance of land, ecosystem management and municipal services in selected urban centres in Tanzania.

  • KTH
  • SLU 2016 2020

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