Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
Senior Lecturer
Researcher
Biography

Dr. Umar is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Zambia.  She is also presently a Fellow of the Food Systems Network (FSNET)-Africa. She was previously a fellow of the Nordic Africa Institute’s African Scholars Programme (Sweden), the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) and a post-doctoral guest researcher at Umea University, Sweden. She holds a PhD in Environment and Development Studies and a Masters Degree in Management of Natural Resources and Sustainable Agriculture from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.

Research Interests

Bridget's research interests include Land, Wildlife and Forest Resource Management, Rural Livelihoods, Climate Change and Development, Food Systems, Institutions and the Environment, Political Ecology and Sustainable Agriculture.  

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Publications

Edited Book

Chitonge, H., and Umar. B. B. (Eds).  (2018). Contemporary customary land issues in Africa: Navigating the contours of change. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle.

Book Chapters

Nyanga, P. H., Umar, B. B., Mubanga, K. H., Chibamba, D., Kunda- Wamuwi, C.F., (2019) Conservation agriculture (CA) in sustainable food systems In: Rusinamhodzi, L. (ed.) The role of ecosystem services in sustainable food systems. Elsevier. ISBN: 9780128164365.

Umar, B. B. (2018). Strategies for wildlife management in Africa: actors, successes and failures In: Roba, A., and Rainer, E (Eds). Africa and her animals.  Philosophical and practical perspectives. University of South Africa Press, Pretoria. ISBN 978‐1‐86888‐900‐6.

Chitonge, H., and Umar, B. B. (2018).  Contemporary customary land issue in Africa- An Introduction. In: Chitonge, H., and Umar. B. B. (Eds).   Contemporary customary land issues in Africa: Navigating the contours of change. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle. ISBN (10): 1-5275-1100-6.

Umar, B. B., (2018). Formalisation of land rights and its  effects on agricultural resource management. Lessons from Ethiopia, Malawi and Ghana. In: Chitonge, H., and Umar. B. B. (Eds).   Contemporary customary land issues in Africa: Navigating the contours of change. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle. ISBN (10): 1-5275-1100-6.

Peer-Reviewed Journal publications

Umar, B. B. (2021). Adapting to Climate Change Through Conservation Agriculture: A Gendered Analysis of Eastern Zambia. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems  5(456). https://doi.org/10.3389/fsufs.2021.748300.

Umar, B. B., Chisola, M. N., Mushili, , B.M., Kunda-Wamuwi, C. F.,Kafwamba, D., Garikai Membele, G.,Imasiku, E.N.S. (2021): Load-shedding in Kitwe, Zambia: Effects and implications on household and local economies, Development Southern Africahttps://doi.org/10.1080/0376835X.2020.1870934.

Kaluma, K., Umar, B. B., (2021) Outcomes of participatory fisheries management:  An example from co-management in Zambia's Mweru-Luapula fishery. Heliyon. 7. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2021.e0608.

Kaluma, K., Umar, B. B. (2021) Data set on Outcomes of Participatory Fisheries Management in Zambia’s Mweru- Luapula Fishery.  Data in Brief, 37. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2021.107161.

Umar, B. B.,  Kapembwa, J. (2020) Economic benefits, local participation, and conservation ethic in a game management area: Evidence from Mambwe, Zambia. Tropical Conservation Science. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1940082920971754

Nyanga, P. H., Umar, B. B., Chibamba, D., Nchito, W.S. (2020) Dataset on women's empowerment, land and donor-driven interventions in Eastern Zambia. Data in Brief, 32.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2020.106113.  

Umar, B. B., Nyanga, P. H., Chibamba, D., Nchito, W.S. (2020). Women’s empowerment, land and donor-driven agricultural interventions in Eastern Zambia. World Development Perspectives. Vol. 19, (2020). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wdp.2020.100208.

Mubanga, F. C., Umar, B. B. (2020). Environmental discounting behaviour of smallholder farmers in Chibombo District, Central Zambia. Land Use Policy.  95 (2020) 104551. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2020.104551.

Pelekamoyo, J., Umar, B. B. (2019). Access to and control over agricultural labor and income in smallholder farming households: a gendered look from Chipata, Eastern Zambia. Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security, 4 (2): 42-57. https://doi.org/10.19268/JGAFS.422019.4.

Kolala, C. C., Umar, B. B. (2019)  National Benefits, Local Costs? Local Residents’ Views on Environmental and Social Effects of Large Scale Mining in Chingola, Zambia. Natural Resources Forum, 43 (4): 205 -217. https://doi.org/10.1111/1477-8947.12182.

Umar, B. B., Kunda-Wamuwi, C. F. (2019), Socio-Economic Effects of Load Shedding on Poor Urban Households and Small Business Enterprises in Lusaka, Zambia.  Energy and Environment Research, 9(2); 20-29. https://doi.org/10.5539/eer.v9n2p20.

Habanyati, E. J., Nyanga, P. H., Umar, B. B. (2018), Factors contributing to disadoption of conservation agriculture among smallholder farmers in Petauke, Zambia. Kasetsart Journal of Social Sciences, xxxx (2018):1-6. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.kjss.2018.05.011.

Chitonge H, Mfune O, Lungisile N. , Umar, B. B., Kajoba G, Banda D (2017) Silent Privatisation of Customary Land in Zambia: Emerging Dynamics in Chibombo and Chongwe. Journal of Social Dynamics,  43 (1) : 82-102. https://doi.org/10.1080/02533952.2017.1356049.

Chibamba, D., Nyanga, P.H., Umar, B. B., Nchito, W. S. (2017) Impact of foreign aid on integration of Musangu (Faidherbia albida) tree in agricultural transformation in Africa: Lessons for Zambia. In: Agricultural Tranformation in Africa: The role of natural resources. Nature and Faune,  31(1): 26-30. ISSN2026-5611.

Umar, B. B. (2017) Conservation agriculture promotion and uptake in Mufulira, Zambia- A political agronomy approach. Journal of Sustainable Development, 1 (1): 156-169. https://doi.org/10.5539/jsd.v10n1p156.

Phiri, B., Nyanga, P.H., Umar, B. B., Nchito, W.S. and Chibamba, D. (2017). Country Focus: Zambia. Agricultural transformation in Africa. Nature and Faune,  31(1): 45-47. ISSN2026-5611.

Umar, B. B. (2016) Seasonal challenges and opportunities for smallholder farmers in a mining district of Zambia.  African Journal of Agricultural Research, 11 (33): 1110-1119. https://doi.org/10.5897/AJAR2015.10381.

Umar, B. B., Mubanga, K. H., (2018) Do locals benefit from being in the ‘tourist capital’? Views from Livingstone. Tourism and Hospitality Research Journal, 18(3): 333-345. https://doi.org/10.1177/1467358416663817.

Mubanga, K. H., Umar, B. B. (2016) Tourism is for foreigners’: Residents’ views on community participation in Zambia’s tourist capital.  Tourism, Culture and Communication Journal, 16, (1-2):75-89. https://doi.org/10.1177/1467358416663817.

Mubanga, K. H., Umar, B. B., Muchabi, J., Mubanga, C. (2015). What drives smallholder farmers’ crop production choices in Central Zambia? Lessons from the 2012/2013 agricultural season. Journal of Agricultural Studies, 3 (2): 1-16. https://doi.org/10.5296/jas.v3i2.7125.

Mubanga, K. H., Umar, B. B. (2014) Smallholder farmers’ Responses to rainfall variability and Soil Fertility Problems by the use of Indigenous Knowledge in Chipepo, Southern Zambia. Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 6 (6): 75-85. htttps://doi.org/10.5539/jas.v6n6p75.

Umar, B. B. (2014) A Critical Review and Re-assessment of Theories of   Smallholder Decision-Making: A Case of Conservation Agriculture Households, Zambia. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, 29(3); 277–290. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1742170513000148.

Umar, B. B., Aune, J. B., Lungu, O.I. (2013). Does Faidherbia albida improve the fertility of soils in smallholder conservation agriculture systems in southern and eastern Zambia? African Journal of Agricultural Research, 8 (2): 173-183. https://doi.org/10.5897/AJAR11.2464.

Umar, B. B., Vedeld, P. (2012). Joint Forest Management in Katanino Zambia: Inappropriate property regime change? The Open Forest Science, 5 (2012): 42-52. https://doi.org/1874-3986/12.

Umar, B. B.(2012). Reversing Agro-Based land degradation through Conservation Agriculture: Emerging experiences from Zambia's smallholder farming sector Sustainable Agriculture Research , 1 (2): 72-87. https://doi.org/10.5539/sar.v1n2p72.

Umar, B. B., Aune, J.B., Johnsen, F.H., Lungu, O.I. (2012). Are Smallholder Zambian Farmers Economists? A Dual-Analysis of Farmers’ Expenditure in Conservation and Conventional Agriculture Systems. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture, 36 (8): 98-929. https://doi.org/10.1080/10440046.2012.661700.

Umar, B. B., Aune, J. B., Johnsen, F.H., Lungu, O. I. (2011). Options for Improving Smallholder Conservation Agriculture in Zambia. Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 3 (3): 52-62. https://doi.org/10.5539/jas.v3n3p50.

Rahman M. H., Alpízar K., Lund T., Bwalya B. and Mjøs B. 2008.Volunteer Efforts for Development Concerns’ (VEDCO) Impact on the Kyagalanyi Piggery Farmers Group in Uganda. International Journal of Sustainable Crop Production. 3(2):39-44.

Rahman M. H., Firdissa T., Bwalya B., Lund T. and Ghulam R. 2007. Livelihood Diversification in Rural Uganda: Impact of Africare’s Development Activities on the Livelihoods of Nyabyumba Community. International Journal of Sustainable Crop Production, 2(6):36-43.

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