Dr Chipo Mudavanhu

Academic/Professional Qualifications

  • PhD in Disaster Management (BUSE)
  • MSc in Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sustainability (BUSE)
  • Bachelor of Science Education Degree in Geography and Mathematics (BUSE)
  • Certificate in Disaster Risk Reduction (Northumbria University)
  • Certificate in Managing risk in the face of Climate Change
  • Certificate in GIS and Remote Sensing (BUSE)

Membership to Professional Bodies

Member of the African Alliance for Disaster Research Institutes (AADRI)

Research Projects

  1. 2020-2021: Building Resilience to Natural Disasters in Populated African Mountain Ecosystems: The Case of Tropical Cyclone Idai In Chimanimani, Zimbabwe with TSURO Trust, Consortium of Zimbabwe Universities, International Researchers, NGOs, & other Stakeholders
  1. 2018-2020: Enhancing Disaster Preparedness in Most Vulnerable Flood-Prone Districts of Zimbabwe through Multi-Level Capacity Building; ECHO HIP with World Vision Zimbabwe.


  1. Munsaka E, Mudavanhu C, Sakala L.C., and Manjeru P. (2021) When Disaster Risk Management Systems Fail: The Case of Cyclone Idai in Chimanimani District, Zimbabwe. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science 12(3):1-11.
  2. Manyangadze T., Mavhura E, Mudavanhu C. and Pedzisai E. (2021) An exploratory analysis of the spatial variation of malaria cases and associated household socio-economic factors in flood-prone areas of Mbire district, Zimbabwe. GeoJournal DOI: 10.1007/s10708-021-10505-3
  3. Manyangadze T., Mavhura E, Mudavanhu C. and Pedzisai E. (under review and revisions were submitted) “Flood inundation mapping in data-scarce areas: a case of Mbire District, Zimbabwe. Geography and Environment – Manuscript ID GEO-21-06-0024.
  4. Mudavanhu C, Chanza N and Kasimba R (2021-under review) Book Chapter. Community-based Resilience to Climate Change and Variability in Chimanimani District, Zimbabwe.
  5. Mavhura E., Manyangadze T., Mudavanhu C. and Pedzisai E. (2020) An assessment of riparian communities’ preparedness to flood risk: the case of Mbire communities in Zimbabwe. GeoJournal https://doi.org/10.1007/s10708-020-10329-7
  6. Mudavanhu C, Manyangadze T, Mavhura E, Pedzisai E and Manatsa D (2020) Rural households’ vulnerability and risk of flooding in Mbire District, Zimbabwe” Journal of Natural Hazards. DOI: 10.1007/s11069-020-04145-y.
  7. Chanza N., Siyongwana P Q, Williams-Bruinders L, Gundu-Jakarasi V, Mudavanhu C, Sithole V B & Manyani A. (2020) Closing the Gaps in Disaster Management Response: Drawing from Local Experiences with Cyclone Idai in Chimanimani, Zimbabwe. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science https://doi.org/10.1007/s13753-020-00290-x
  8. Chidakwa P.; Mabhena C; Mucherera B; Chikuni J; and Mudavanhu C (2020) Women’s Vulnerability to Climate Change: Gender-skewed Implications on Agrobased Livelihoods in Rural Zvishavane, Zimbabwe. Indian Journal of Gender Studies, SAGE 27:2 (259-281) DOI: 10.1177/0971521520910969.
  9. Mudavanhu C (2019) “Adults’ Attitudes towards Children’s Participation in Disaster Risk Management in Zimbabwe.” Children, Youth and Environments 29 (1):42-56. doi:10.7721/chilyoutenvi.29.1.0042.
  10. Bongo, P.P., Dziruni, G. & Muzenda-Mudavanhu,, (2018) ‘The effectiveness of community-based rehabilitation as a strategy for improving quality of life and disaster resilience for children with disability in rural Zimbabwe’, Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies 10(1).
  11. Manyani, A., Chagweda, K., Muzenda-Mudavanhu, C., and Chanza, N. (2017) Indigenous-Based Practices of Adapting To Climate Change : Reflections From Chirumhanzu , Zimbabwe, 11(7): 1–13.
  12. Bongo, P.P., Dodo, E. and Muzenda-Mudavanhu, C. (2017) Exploring the Role of Indigenous Knowledge in Flood Disaster Risk Reduction in Zimbabwe‘, accepted for publication in International Journal of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, 4(4)
  13. Muzenda-Mudavanhu C., Manyena B., Collins A. E. (2016) Disaster risk reduction knowledge among children in Muzarabani District, Zimbabwe. Natural Hazards, 84(2), 911-931.
  14. Muzenda- Mudavanhu C. (2016) A review of Children’s participation in Disaster risk reduction. Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies; 8(1). doi: 10.4102/jamba.v8i1.218
  15. Mushore ,T , D. Manatsa, E. Pedzisai, Muzenda-Mudavanhu, W. Mushore and I. Kudzotsa (2016) Investigating the implications of meteorological indicators of seasonal rainfall performance on maize yield in a rain-fed agricultural system: case study of Mt. Darwin District in Zimbabwe. Theoretical and Applied Climatology. DOI 10.1007/s00704-016-1838-2.
  16. Mudavanhu C, Manyena SB, Collins A E, Bongo P, Mavhura E, Manatsa D (2015) Taking children’s voices in disaster risk reduction a step forward. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science. www.ijdrs.com DOI 10.1007/s13753-015-0060-7 www.springer.com/13753.
  17. Mudavanhu, C. and Bongo P.P. (2015) Children’s Lived Experiences of Coping with Natural Disasters: Lessons from Floods and Droughts in Muzarabani District, Zimbabwe. Children, Youth and Environments 25(3), 196-203.
  18. Manatsa D., Mudavanhu, TD Mushore, E Mavhura (2015) Linking major shifts in East Africa ‘short rains’ to the Southern Annular Mode. International Journal of Climatology.
  19. Manatsa D., C. Matarira, T.D. Mushore, Mudavanhu (2015) Southern Africa winter temperature shifts and their link to the Southern Annular Mode. Climate Dynamics 45(9-10):2337-2350.
  20. Mudavanhu C. (2014) ‘The impact of flood disasters on child education in Muzarabani District, Zimbabwe’, Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies 6(1), Art. #138, 8 pages. http://dx.doi. org/10.4102/jamba.v6i1.138.
  21. Mavuna L., Mudavanhu C. and Svotwa E (2014) An assessment of the effectiveness of food aid in hunger alleviation in Mutare District: A case for ward 29 International Journal of Development Research Vol. 4, Issue, 8, pp. 1584-1589
  22. Ncube-Phiri, S., Mudavanhu, C. & Mucherera, B., (2014) ‘The complexity of maladaptation strategies to disasters: The case of Muzarabani, Zimbabwe’, Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies 6(1), Art. #145, 11 pages. http://dx.doi.org/ 10.4102/jamba.v6i1.145
  23. Mudavanhu C and Chitsika T. (2013) Coping With and Adapting To Food Shortages and Adversities in Semi-Arid Regions of Zimbabwe: The Case of Chivi District. International Journal of Innovative Environmental Studies Research 1 (2):27-39 www.seahipub.org
  24. Mudavanhu C, Zinyandu T, Mudavanhu N, Mazorodze S, Chinyanganya TP, Manyani A, Maponga R, Pedzisai E, Phiri S (2013) Smallholder gardening as a sustainable livelihood strategy in Chikwanda communal lands, Gutu, Zimbabwe. Global Advanced Research Journal of Peace, Gender and Development Studies (GARJPGDS) 2(1) pp. 001-013, http://www.garj.org/garjpgds/index.htm
  25. Mushore T. D., Muzenda-Mudavanhu C. and Makovere T. (2013) Effectiveness of Drought Mitigation Strategies in Bikita District, Zimbabwe. International Journal of Environmental Protection and Policy. 1(4):101-107. doi: 10.11648/j.ijepp.20130104.19.
  26. Pedzisai E., Chingombe W., Manyani A., Zinyandu T., Katsvanga C.A.T., Chipunza Matarira C.H., Mazorodze S., Mudavanhu C., Chinyanganya T.P. (2012) Addressing Socio-Economic Challenges of Science Teacher Training Through Virtual and Open Distance Learning in Zimbabwe. Basic Research Journal Education Research and Review ISSN 2315-6872 Vol. 1(4) pp. 60-70
  27. Mudavanhu N., Dzomba P., Mudavanhu C. and Mazorodze S. (2013) Occupational safety and environmental risks scenario of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs): An Analysis of the Situation in Harare Chemical Industries, Zimbabwe.Science Domain International.
  28. Manyena S. B., Mavhura E, Muzenda C and Mabaso E. (2013) Disaster Risk Reduction Legislations: Is there a Move from Events to Processes? Global Environmental Change, Elsevier journal homepage: elsevier.com/locate/gloenvcha
  29. Mudavanhu, N, C Mudavanhu, P Dzomba, F Kausiyo, T D Mushore, T P Chinyanganya (2013) Development of a model regional emergency response plan for a mining town: The case of Bindura, Zimbabwe. IOSR Journal of Environmental Science, Toxicology and Food Technology 06/2013; 4(6):2319-2399.
  30. Mudavanhu C and Mandizvidza C (2013) Sustaining rural livelihoods through donor funded agricultural inputs scheme in Zimbabwe: The case of Goromonzi District. International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research Volume 2, Issue 8 Issn 2277-8616.

Conferences and Workshops


  1. Attended the 8th AFRICA REGIONAL PLATFORM for DISASTER RISK REDUCTION Conference Session: Higher Education Contributions towards a Resilient Africa (2021)- Virtual
  2. Virtual Session Chair during the ‘2nd Disaster and Development Society Conference hosted by Northumbria University UK (2021)
  3. Session Chair during the Intercontinental and Virtual 5th Global Summit of GADRI: Engaging Sciences with Action31st August to 1st September 2021
  4. Presented two papers and chaired a session during the Southern African Society for Disaster Reduction from 17-19 October 2018, Durban in South Africa.
  5. Presented and panel member during the SADC Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Conference from the 26th to 28th March 2018 in Pretoria South Africa representing vulnerable groups (women and children).
  6. Attended the SARUA Curriculum Capacity Development workshop on the Southern Africa MSc in Climate Change and Sustainable Development from the 26 to 30th September 2016 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
  7. Attended the International Workshop on Mitigation of Disasters due to Severe Climate Events: From Policy to Practice Colombo, Sri Lanka, 10-13 March 2016 and presented a paper on Children’s Experiences of Participation and Resilience to Flooding: Insights from Muzarabani, Zimbabwe.
  8. Mudavanhu C. (2011) Overview of Disasters in Muzarabani: Disaster Education and Community Resilience Workshop (21-27May 2011) Bindura University of Science Education (presented).
  9. Mavhura E and. Mudavanhu C Progress on Disaster Risk Reduction in Zimbabwe (28 November 2011) Glamorgan University, Cardiff United Kingdom (paper presented).
  10. Mudavanhu C and Phiri S. (2013) An Analysis of Current Disaster Risk Reduction Interventions in Chadereka Using the Pressure and Release Model (Paper presented-16 Pages). Disaster Education and Community Resilience International Conference 26-27 March 2013, Bindura University
  11. Mudavanhu C. (2012) Disaster Education and Community Resilience in Zimbabwe – Southern Africa DELPHE Networking Workshop, Lilongwe, Malawi 3 December 2012
  12. Mudavanhu C (2014) Presented a paper on Children’s Understanding of Disaster Risk and their Participation in DRR in Muzarabani Zimbabwe during the 2nd Biennial Conference Post 2015: Drivers, Scales and Context of Disaster Risk in the SADC Region, Windhoek, Namibia, 6 – 8 October 2014.
  13. Certificate of Facilitation in the DELPHE Workshop: Disaster Education and Community Resilience in Zimbabwe and Bangladesh (May 2011) Bindura University of Science Education
  14. Certificate of Facilitation in the DELPHE International Disaster Risk Conference (held 26-27 March 2013) at Bindura University of Science Education 12. Participated in the FAO Risk Profiling Workshop at Rainbow Towers, Harare (16-17 December, 2014).
  15. Towards Resilient Urban Communities International Conference – 17-19 September 2014, Rainbow Towers, Harare.