Professor Betty Mubangizi

Professor Betty Mubangizi
Full Professor, NRF SARChI – Chair Sustainable Local (Rural) Livelihoods
M Block, 239 2nd Floor
Public Governance


Professor Mubangizi, a full Professor of Public Administration and Governance and an NRF-rated researcher, previously served as the Dean and Head of School the School for the School of Management, IT and Governance and prior that was the Dean of Teaching and Learning in the College of Law and Management Studies as the Dean of Teaching and Learning. She also served as the Interim Dean of the School of Built Environment and Development Studies in the College of Humanities from 2015 to 2016. Professor Mubangizi is the Managing Editor of the African Journal of Governance and Development and Guest Editor of the Loyola Journal of Social Sciences. Between June 2017 – June 2019 Prof Mubangizi was a member of the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP)’s Scientific Committee based at Bergen University in Norway. The Scientific Committee serves as a think tank and support structure to advise CROP in setting a research agenda for knowledge generation and dissemination. Professor Mubangizi has been teaching in a tertiary environment for 20 years, has a passion for excellence in teaching and learning underscored by reflective practice, as well as an understanding of the needs of students from various backgrounds. She is widely published and has successfully supervised many Doctoral and Masters Students and serves as external examiner for several universities. As Research Chair in Sustainable Local Rural Livelihoods, Prof Mubangizi endeavours to understand and explain the opportunities and challenges in the implementation of rural policy while building research capacity of senior students in that regard.

Academic Qualifications

  • B. Sc. Agriculture – Makerere University (1987)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Tertiary Education – University of South Africa (1991)
  • M. Sc. Agricultural (Rural) Development – University of London (1997)
  • Doctor of Public Administration – University of KwaZulu-Natal (2005)

Professional Association

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Tertiary Education – University of South Africa (1991)
  • Outcomes Based Assessment – ETDP SETA (2006)
  • Moderation of Outcomes Based Assessment – ETDP SETA (2008)
  • Certificate in Pro-Poor Market Access – Wageningen University (2011)
  • Certificate in Governance and Rural Decentralisation – Wageningen University (2013)
  • Certificate in Advanced Leadership Development HEQF Level 8 – UKZN (2015)

Professional Bodies


Research Interests

  • Sustainable livelihoods
  • Public service delivery
  • Management and administration of rural development
  • Participatory research methods

Recent Publications and Papers

  • Mwesigwa, D and Mubangizi, BC. 2019. The contributions of the youth livelihood programme to youth empowerment in Hoima district, Uganda. International Journal of Business Management Studies. Vol.11 (1). 2019
  • Mubangizi, BC and Mwesigwa, D. 2018. Implementation of the Uganda Support for Municipal Infrastructural Development for a Smart Municipality: A Survey Of Hoima Municipality. Loyola Journal of Social Sciences. Vol 32 (2). 65-86
  • Mubangizi, BC & Mwesigwa, D. 2017. Migration and Public Service Delivery: The Status Quo and Policy Responses in Sending and Receiving Countries In Magidimisha, H. H., Khalema, N. E., Chipungu, L., Chirimambowa, T. C., & Chimedza, T. L. (Eds.). (2017). Crisis, Identity and Migration in Post-Colonial Southern Africa. Springer. pp 53-73
  • Kampire, P and Mubangizi, BC. 2016 Gender Relations and Child Food Security Implications for Uganda’s Nutrition Policy. Loyola Journal of Social Sciences. Vol 30 (2). 213-228.
  • Mchunu, N & Theron, F & Mubangizi, BC. 2016. Developmental local government and good governance at grassroots. In Theron, F and Mchunu, N (Eds). Development, Change Agent Facilitation at Grassroots. Van Schaick. Pp149-186
  • Mubangizi, BC. 2016. Development Management for Vision 2030 – exploring the implementation of the National Development Plan from grassroots. In Theron, F and Mchunu, N (Eds). Development, Change Agent Facilitation at Grassroots. Van Schaick. Pp187-207