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/Dr Thomas Marambanyika
Dr Thomas Marambanyika

Position: Deputy Dean Faculty of Social Sciences

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  • PhD in Geography (University of Kwa Zulu- Natal)
  • BA (Hons) Geography (University of Zimbabwe)
  • MA in Environmental Policy and Planning (University of Zimbabwe)

Research Interests:

  • Sustainable utilization and conservation of natural resources
  • Environmental management in industry
  • Food systems and Food security
  • Wetland processes and management
  • GIS and remote sensing applications with societal impact


  • Research Publications

    Journal Articles

    1. Mupepi, O., Marambanyika, T., Matsa M.M. and Dube, T. (2024) A systematic review on remote sensing of wetland environments, Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa,
    2. Musasa, T. Dube, T. Marambanyika, T. and Shoko C. (2024) Landsat satellite programme potential for soil erosion assessment and monitoring in arid environments: A review of applications and challenges. International Soil and Water Conservation, 12(2), 267-278,
    3. Dube, T. Dube, T, Dalu, T Gxokwe, S. and Marambanyika, T. (2023) Assessment of illegal mining activities in an Austral semi–arid river system: a multivariate analysis approach. Science of the Total Environment. 907 (2024) 167919,
    4. Dube, T., Dube, T. and Marambanyika, T. (2023) A review of wetland vulnerability assessment and monitoring in semi -arid environments of sub -Saharan Africa. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 132 (2023) 103473,
    5. Ngwenya, K. and Marambanyika, T. (2023) Stakeholders’ composition, knowledge and use of earth observation data in wetland ecological assessments, Zimbabwe. Scientific African, (2023) e01872,
    6. Marambanyika, T. and Musasa, T. (2023) Contestations and struggles in the use and protection of wetland ecosystems in communal areas of Zimbabwe: a case study of Intunjambili wetland in Matobo district. Wetlands Ecology and Management31, 611 – 627.
    7. Denga, R.V., Marambanyika, T., Simwanda, M. and Vinya, R. (2023) Socio-economic determinants of participating in riverbank cultivation at the household level in the Upper Kafue River basin in Kitwe District, Zambia. Scientific African, (2023) e01789,
    8. Dalu, M.T.B., Mukhuwana, O., Cuthbert, R.N., Marambanyika, T., Gunter, A.W., Murungweni, F.M. and Dalu. T. (2022). Understanding communities’ perceptions, demographics and uses of wetlands in Vhembe Biosphere Reserve, South Africa. Wetlands Ecology and Management.
    9. Musasa, T. and Marambanyika, T. (2022). The nexus between drivers of wetland utilisation patterns, land use/land cover change and ecosystem services in two wetlands, Zimbabwe. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa, 77(2), 119-131, DOI: 10.1080/0035919X.2022.2079156
    10. Denga, R.V., Ncube, M., Marambanyika, T., Simwanda, M. and Vinya, R. (2022) Systematic review of drivers of riverbank cultivation, human livelihoods and Conservation in Southern Africa, African Journal of Rural Development, 7 (3), 445-466.
    11. Musasa, T. and Marambanyika, T. (2022). Assessing the sustainability of land uses in Driefontein and Intunjambili wetlands, Zimbabwe. Scientific African, 16 (2022) e01195,
    12. Rampheri, M. B., Dube, T., Shoko, C., Marambanyika, T., and Dhau, I. (2022). Local community attitudes and perceptions towards benefits and challenges associated with biodiversity conservation in Blouberg Nature Reserve, South Africa. African Journal of Ecology, 60(3), 769-779.
    13. Kusena, W., Chemura, A., Dube, T., Nicolau, M. and Marambanyika, T. (2021). Landuse and landcover change assessment in the Upper Runde sub-catchment, Zimbabwe and possible impacts on reservoir sedimentation. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Parts A/B/C, 103105, ISSN 1474-7065,
    14. Marambanyika, T., Mupfiga, U.N.; Musasa, T. and Ngwenya, K. (2021). Local Perceptions on the Impact of Drought on Wetland Ecosystem Services and Associated Household Livelihood Benefits: The Case of the Driefontein Ramsar Site in Zimbabwe. Land, 10, 587.
    15. Ngwenya, K. and Marambanyika, T. (2021). Trends in use of remotely sensed data in wetlands assessment and monitoring in Zimbabwe. African Journal of Ecology, 59(3), 676-686, DOI:1111/aje.12858
    16. Musasa, T. and Marambanyika, T. (2020). Threats to sustainable utilization of wetland resources in Zimbabwe: a review. Wetlands Ecology and Management, 28 (4), 681– 696. DOI 10.1007/s11273-020-09732-1
    17. Marambanyika, T., Sakarombe, S., Musasa, T. and Defe, R. (2020). Biogas technology adoption as an alternative source of energy in Domboshava communal area of Zimbabwe: Benefits and challenges. Journal of Geographical Research, 3(3), 23 – 32. DOI:
    18. Begede, L., Marambanyika, T., Musasa, T. and Defe, R. (2019). The role of pre-task risk assesssment in accident prevention at a mine in the Midlands province of Zimbabwe. The Dyke, 13(2), 54 – 68.
    19. Matongera, T.N., Sewell, S., Lottering, R.T. and Marambanyika, T. (2017). The relief food aid and its implications on food production and consumption patterns: A case study of communal farmers in Chigodora Community, Zimbabwe. Review of Social Sciences, 2 (3), 24 – 38.
    20. Marambanyika, T. and Beckedahl, H.R. (2017). Institutional arrangements governing wetland utilization and conservation in communal areas of Zimbabwe. Review of Social Sciences, 2(1), 1 – 16.
    21. Marambanyika, , Beckedahl, H. R., Ngetar, N. S. and Dube, T. (2016). Assessing the environmental sustainability of cultivation systems in wetlands using the WET-health framework in Zimbabwe, Physical Geography, 38 (1), 62 – 82. DOI:10.1080/02723646.2016.1251751
    22. Marambanyika, T. Beckedahl, H. and Ngetar. N.S. (2016). Community strategies to promote sustainable wetland-based food security in rural areas of Zimbabwe. GeoJournal, 82 (5), 987–1003. DOI: 10.1007/s10708-016-9724-0
    23. Marambanyika, T. and Beckedahl, H. (2016). The missing link between awareness and the implementation of wetland policy and legislation in communal areas of Zimbabwe, Wetlands Ecology and Management, 24 (5), 545 -563. DOI: 10.1007/s11273-016-9486-y
    24. Marambanyika, and Beckedahl, H. (2016). Wetland utilization patterns in semi-arid communal areas of Zimbabwe between 1985 and 2013 and the associated benefits to livelihoods of the surrounding communities, Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa, 71 (2), 175 – 186. DOI: 10.1080/0035919X.2016.1152520
    25. Kusena, W., Marambanyika, T. and Maswoswera, P. (2014). Overcoming environmental challenges in the cement manufacturing sector through Cleaner Production. A case of SINO Company, Zimbabwe. Ethiopian Journal of Environmental Studies & Management 7 (5), 508 – 519.
    26. Marambanyika, T. (2013). Human-wildlife conflict: Threatened food security and efficacy of adaptation strategies in Hwange district of Zimbabwe. Review of Social Studies, Law and Psychology, 7 (1), 49-60.
    27. Marambanyika, T. and Sadrake, F.D. (2013). Workers’ perceptions and awareness of occupational safety and health legislation in the food manufacturing industry in Zimbabwe. Dyke 7(2), 43 – 58.
    28. Marambanyika, T., Mutsiwegota, C. and Muringaniza, K.C.R. (2012). Importance of community participation in sustainable wetland utilization: Case of Chebvute Wetland in Zvishavane, Zimbabwe. Journal of Environmental Science and Engineering (USA). 1 (7), 832 – 844.
    29. Kusena, W., Shoko, N. and Marambanyika, T. (2012). Socio-economic impacts of cement production at Sino-Zimbabwe on Hozheri community, Gweru, Zimbabwe. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa, 14, (8), 94 – 103.
    30. Marambanyika, T., Mutekwa, T., Matsa, M. and Mapuranga, J. (2010). Evaluation of the Impact of Agricultural Recovery Programmes on Communal Farming Productivity in Mudavanhu Ward 12 Of Masvingo District. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa, 12 (5), 251 – 258.
    31. Marambanyika, T., Matsa, M., Mutekwa, T. and Muziti, T. (2010). Is the Adoption of Multicurrency System a Panacea to Urban Dwellers’ Socio-economic Challenges? Perceptions of High Density Suburbs’ Residents in Gweru, Zimbabwe. Journal of Sustainable Development Africa, 12 (5), 114-124.
    32. Marambanyika, T. and Mutekwa, T. (2009). Effectiveness of ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems in Enhancing Corporate Environmental Sustainability at Unilever Southeast Africa in Harare, Zimbabwe. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa, 11 (1), 280 – 297.
    33. Matsa, M. and Marambanyika, T. (2009). An Assessment of the Concentration Levels of Toxic Chemicals within and around Gweru Dumpsite in Zimbabwe. Journal of Environmental Extension, 8 (January 2009), 16 – 24.

     Book Chapters

    1. Marambanyika, T., Dube, T., Musasa, T. (2022) Institutional, policy and legal nexus and implications. In: Dalu, T., Wasserman, R.J., (eds). Fundamentals of Tropical Freshwater Wetlands: From Ecology to Conservation Management. Elsevier, Cambridge. pp. 679-710. DOI:
    2. Marambanyika, T. (2020) Exploring the factors behind the demise of food security wetland based broad furrows and broad ridges project in Zvishavane and Shurugwi districts, Zimbabwe. In Matsa, M. and Marambanyika, T. (eds.) (2020) Climate Change, Environmental Change and Community Development in Zimbabwe. MSU Press, Gweru. ISBN 978 1 77925 338 5. pp 203 – 227
    3. Marambanyika, T. and Sibanda, M. (2019) Assessing the drivers of wetland changes in areas associated with wildlife-based tourism activities in Zimbabwe. In Wetlands Management – Assessing Risk and Sustainable Solutions., pp 169 – 185
    4. Marambanyika, T. and Ndlovu C. (2017) The contribution of diaspora remittances to household food security in Tsholotsho district, Zimbabwe. In Webb, J (Ed), Food Security: Threat Factors, Policies and Challenges. Nova Science Publishers, New York, p 50 – 70
    5. Marambanyika, T. Mutekwa, T. and Kusena, W. (2014) Adoption and utilisation of ethno post-harvest technologies by smallholder farmers in semi-arid regions of Zimbabwe: Case of Buhera District. In Behnassi, M., Shahid, S.A. and Mintz-Habib, N. (Eds), Science, Policy and Politics of Modern Agricultural Systems: Global Context to Local Dynamics of Sustainable Agriculture. Springer Science+ Business Media, New York, p 307-322.
    6. Marambanyika, T. (2011) Significance of Vegetable Farming as a Strategy to Enhance Household Food Security in Communal Areas of Zimbabwe. In Behnassi, M., Draggan, S. and Yaya, S. (Eds), Global Food Insecurity: Rethinking Agricultural and Rural Development Paradigm and Policy. Springer Science+ Business Media, London, p 343-355. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-0890-7


    1. Matsa, M. and Marambanyika, T. (eds.) (2020) Climate Change, Environmental Change and Community Development in Zimbabwe. MSU Press, Gweru. ISBN 978 1 77925 338 5
    2. Matsa, M., Mutekwa, T. and Marambanyika, T (2015) Geography: Data collection, analysis and presentation techniques in human geography: A textbook for Advanced level students. Gweru, Booklove publishers. ISBN 978-0-7974-6467-4.

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