Dr. Wilma S. S. Nchito

Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
Senior Lecturer

Dr. Wilma S. S. Nchito is an urban Geographer who has studied the contemporary patterns and material aspects of Zambia’s urbanisation which is in transition. She has worked closely with the local authority and a Slum Dwellers International (SDI) affiliate in Zambia on several research activities and upgrading projects to co-produce knowledge for inclusive upgrading. She has published project relevant research on the informal sector in Zambia, climate change and adaptation in the city, settlement upgrading. She has extensive knowledge of the city of Lusaka and has worked on several issues including local area planning, gentrification, access to water, climate mitigation, street vending and urban transport development. She is currently the Director of Research and Postgraduate Studies at the University of Zambia.

Research Interests

Urban geography, Urban services provision, Water and Solid waste management, Urban informality and renewal, small town development, Border town dynamics, Tourism, African Diaspora in African towns, Inter-disciplinary research, knowledge co-production, urban transport, cities and climate change.


Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

Nchito W., 2021. Addressing inequalities in the covid response. Global Dialogue. Vol 11(3):45-46. globaldialogue.isa-sociology.org/upload/imgen/3102-v11i3-english.pdf?1638550757.

Umar, B.B., Nyanga, P.H., Chibamba, D. and Nchito, W.S. 2020. Women’s empowerment, land and donor-driven agricultural interventions in Eastern Zambia. World Development Perspectives. www.elsevier.com/locate/wdp. 12 pages. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wdp.2020.100208.

Ndebele-Murisa, M.R., C.P.  Mubaya, L. Pretorious, R. Mamombe, K.N. Iipinge, W.S. Nchito, J. Mfune, G. Siame, B. Mwalukanga., 2020. City-to-city learning and knowledge exchange for climate resilience in Southern Africa” PLOS ONE Journals. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0227915.

Mwanza, A. R., Nyirenda, E. and Nchito W. S., 2019. Determining the Surface Water Exchange Between the Kafue River and Kafue Swamps in the Central Province of Zambia. Journal of Geosciences and Geomatics. 7(3): 145-156. Doi:10.12691/jgg-7-3-5.

Mwanza, A. R., Nyirenda, E. and Nchito W. S., 2019. Determination of the Lukanga Swamps Flood Boundary Using Landsat Imagery, Rainfall and Water level data. Journal of Geosciences and Geomatics, 7(5), 237-244. DOI:10.12691/jgg-7-5-3.

Simumba, J. and Nchito, W., 2018. Customer Engagement in Tourism and Hospitality Services in Kasama and Shiwang’andu, Zambia. African Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure, Volume 7 (2) Open Access- Online @ http//: www.ajhtl.com.

Chikuta, E., Nchito, W., Wragg, E. and Siame, G.,2017. Implications of Informal Settlement Upgrading on Inclusive Urban Development in the City of Lusaka: The Case of Kalingalinga. Trialogue 128, 1(2017):45-50.

Chibamba D., Nyanga P., Umar B., and Nchito S. W., 2017. Impacts on Aid on Integration of Musangu (Faldherbia albida) Tree in Agriculture Transformation in Africa: Lessons from Zambia. Nature and Faune, 31(1):26-29. 

Phiri B., Nyanga P., Umar B., Nchito S. W. and Chibamba D., 2017. Country Focus: Republic of Zambia. Nature and Faune. 31(1):45-47.

Mpembamoto K., Nchito S. W., Siame G. and Wragg E., 2017. Impact of Sector Based Upgrading on Home Based Enterprises: A Case Study of Chaisa Settlement. Environment and Urbanisation, (April 2017). http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0956247817701087.

Nchito W. S., 2010. Migratory Patterns in Small Towns: The Cases of Mazabuka and Kalomo in Zambia, Environment and Urbanisation, 22(1): 91-105. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0956247810362846.

Nchito W.S., 2007. ‘Flooding in Unplanned Settlements in Lusaka’, Environment and Urbanisation, 19 (2): 539-551. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0956247807082835           

Nchito W.S., and G.A. Myers, 2004, ‘Four Caveats for Participatory Solid Waste Management in Lusaka, Zambia’, in Urban Forum, 15 (2), 109-133.

Book Chapters/Proceedings

Nchito, W. S. and Funga, B. E., 2021. Does Participatory upgrading really work? Piloting Local Area Planning in Lusaka Zambia. 57th World Planning Congress. Planning Unlocked, Doha 8-11 November. Conference Proceedings.

Siame, G; Chibamba, D; Nyanga, P; Mwalukanga, B; Mushili, B; Kabaghe, W; Membele, G; Nchito, W; & Mulambia, P., 2020, ‘Characterising the formal-informal relations in Soweto food market in Lusaka City, Zambia’ in: Ntombini, M. and Croese, S., (Eds) Reframing the Urban Challenge in Africa: Knowledge Co-production from the South, Routledge Studies on Cities and Development. Routledge: Abingdon. www.routledge.com/Routledge-Studies-in-Cities-and-Development/book-series/RSCID. ISBN 9780367442200

Nchito, W. S. and Mwale, E. (2020) Waste management and urban risk in Livingstone city, Zambia: the sustainability of the hospitality sector. in Llewellyn L, Musavengane, R. & Siakwah, P., (Eds) Challenges of Sustainable Urban Tourism in Sub-Saharan Africa: Urban Risk and Resilience. Taylor & Francis/Routledge: New York. Chapter 3 (in press).

Siame G. and Nchito W. S., 2019. Framing Power in Co-production Engagements in Kampala City, Uganda: in Silva Nunes Carlos (Ed) Routledge Handbook of Urban Planning in Africa, Routledge.

Kalapula, M., & Nchito, W. (2017). Dual land tenure and the expansion of small towns: the case of Lundazi town, Eastern Province. Proceedings of the Research Symposium on Land Management in Zambia. Washington, DC: USAID Tenure and Global Climate Change Program Conference Proceedings.

Hansen, K. T. and Nchito, W. S., 2013. ‘Where have all the vendors gone? Processes of Boundary Redrawing in Lusaka’s Street Economy’ in Street Economies in the Urban Global South. SAR Press: Santa Fe, 49-69.

Nchito W.S., 2012. ‘Agriculture-Related Industry and Small Town Growth in Zambia: A Case of Mazabuka’ in Donaldson, R. and Marais L.,(eds) Small Town Geographies in Africa: Experiences from South Africa and Elsewhere, Nova Publishers: New York, 403-415.          

Nchito W. S., 2011. ‘Formalizing Trading Spaces and Places: An Analysis of the Informal Sector in Lusaka, Zambia’, in Banik D. (ed.) The Legal Empowerment Agenda: Poverty, Labour and the Informal Economy in Africa, Ashgate: Abingdon, 87-106.

Nchito W.S., 2011. ‘Guilty Until Proven Innocent: Politics Versus the Press in Defense of Reproductive Rights in Zambia’ in Tamale S. (ed) African Sexualities: A Reader. Fahamu Books and Pambazuka Press., Cape Town: 359-367.

Nchito W. S. and K. T. Hansen, 2010. “Passport Please: The Cross Border Traders Association in Zambia”, in Lindell, I. (Ed) Africa’s Informal Workers: Collective Agency, Alliances and Transnational Organizing, Zed Publishers: London: 169-183.

Mutesa F. and Nchito, W.S., 2005, ‘Human Security and Poverty Reduction in Zambia’, Chapter One, in Muloongo K., Kibasomba R. and Kariri J. N., The Many faces of Human Security, Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria: 7 -36.

Policy Briefs/Infographics

Nchito W. S., 2019. Water Solutions for Resilient Cities: The Contribution of Policy Briefs Co-produced by FRACTAL and city partners to a More Climate Change and Water Resilient City. Urban Caucus, Governance Brief 4, FRACTAL. http://www.fractal.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/UCGB4-Lusaka-WN-et-al.pdf

Nchito, W., Siame, G., Funga, B., Daka, A., Banda, M, Mwalukanga, B., Banda, H. I., Lubasi, B., Kalulushi, V., Richard Jones, R., Dianne Scott, D., Daniels, E., 2018. Lusaka, Preparing for Increased Flooding. Policy Brief: Policy Brief, FRACTAL-LuWSI.

Mwamba, N. D., Museteka, L., Chisanga, P., Jack. C., Nchito, W., Jato, D., Mwansa, I., Nanyangwe, N., 2018. Lusaka, a City Faced with Severe Consequences of Declining Ground Water Levels. Policy Brief, FRACTAL-LuWSI.

Umar, B. B., Nyanga, P. H., Chibamba, D., Nchito, W. (2018). Scaling climate-smart agricultural interventions for improved development outcomes: Experiences from Eastern Zambia. In: Rosenstock, T., Nowak, A., Girvertz, E. (Eds) Data Leaks to help create a climate smart future. The CSA Papers Project. World Agroforestry Centre. Nairobi.

Nyanga, P. H., Umar, B. B., Chibamba, D., Nchito, W. (2018). Conservation agriculture and food security: Successes and trade-offs. In: Rosenstock, T., Nowak, A., Girvertz, E. (Eds) Data Leaks to help create a climate smart future. The CSA Papers Project. World Agroforestry Centre. Nairobi. 

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