Professor Betty Mubangizi

Professor Betty Mubangizi
Full Professor and NRF/SARChI Chair in Sustainable Rural Livelihoods
M Block, 239 2nd Floor
Public Governance


Professor Betty Mubangizi is an accomplished academic with over 20 years of teaching and research experience. As a full Professor of Public Administration and Governance, she is widely respected for her expertise in the field, as well as her passion for excellence in teaching and learning.

Professor Mubangizi has held several leadership positions at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, including Dean and Head of School for the School of Management, IT and Governance, and Dean of Teaching and Learning in the College of Law and Management Studies. She has also served as the Interim Dean of the School of Built Environment and Development Studies in the College of Humanities.

In addition to her leadership roles, Professor Mubangizi is an NRF-rated researcher and the Managing Editor of the African Journal of Governance and Development. She has supervised several postgraduate students and serves as an external examiner for many universities.

As the Research Chair in Sustainable Local Rural Livelihoods, Prof Mubangizi is focused on understanding and explaining the opportunities and challenges in the implementation of rural policy. Her research chair uses a place-based approach, which allows her to work closely with local communities, organizations, and institutions to develop practical solutions to local rural issues and concerns. Her collaborations with different disciplines and organizations have resulted in several interdisciplinary research projects, including two Water Research Commission projects and one COVID Africa Grant research project.

Professor Mubangizi is also the Conference Chair of the public sector transformation theme under the Conference on Governance and Service Delivery in Developing Economies hosted by the Uganda Management Institute. This biennial conference provides a platform to debate governance challenges that African countries and other developing economies face in meeting their development targets.

Furthermore, Professor Mubangizi has made a direct impact on policy through her contribution towards the production of South Africa’s 1st Edition Covid-19 Country Report. As a member of the Expert Group, she contributed to conceptualizing the topic, defining the research methodology, and compiling sections of Chapter 2 based on desktop literature review and gathering empirical evidence.

Finally, Professor Mubangizi’s dedication to knowledge dissemination is seen through her work as the Editor in Chief of the African Journal of Governance and Development. She publishes a variety of voices from across the continent and from both up-and-coming and established researchers, furthering the impact of her research on academia and practice.

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 Qualifications

  • 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

  • African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM)
  • South African Association of Public Administration and Management (SAAPAM)

Research Interests

  • Sustainable rural livelihoods
  • Local governance in public service delivery
  • Management and administration of rural development
  • Participatory research methods

Publications and Papers

  • Kasumba-Ddumba George William, Betty C. Mubangizi. 2022 “Decentralization In Uganda: Deconstruction of the Intergovernmental Fiscal Relation Model.” Journal of Southwest Jiaotong University. Vol. 57(4) (2022). 477-491. DOI:10.35741/issn.0258-2724.57.4.42
  • Munzhedzi, P. H., Phago, K., & Mubangizi, B.C (2022). Contending for the designs and features of integrated development planning in South Africa? An empirical analysis of the Limpopo Province. Journal of Local Government Research and Innovation, 3, 11.
  • John, S.F., Okem, A.E., Mubangizi, B.C., Adekanla, N., Ngubane, L.P. & Barry, I., 2022, ‘Rural vulnerability and institutional dynamics in the context of COVID-19: A scoping review’, Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies 14(1), a1227.
  • John SF, Maama H, Ojogiwa OT, Mubangizi B.C. 2022. Government communication in times of crisis: The priorities and trends in South Africa’s response to COVID-19. The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa. 2022;18(1), a1146.
  • Mubangizi, B. C. 2022. The Interplay between Civil Society and Local Government in South Africa: Conflict and Collaboration in the Delivery of Public Services. African Journal of Development Studies (formerly AFFRIKA Journal of Politics, Economics and Society), 2022(si1), 39-58.
  • Mubangizi, BC. 2021. Rural Livelihoods in South Africa Mapping the Role-players. Administratio Publica. Vol 29 (4),17-32
  • Nyawo, JC. & Mubangizi, BC. 2021, ‘An exploration of government administrative processes in supporting agro-smallholders’ access to municipal markets in eThekwini Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal Province. Africa’s Public Service Delivery and Performance Review 9(1), a528.
  • Mubangizi, JC. and Mubangizi, BC. 2021 and Human rights and access to covid-19 vaccines in rural South Africa: the role of local government. Journal of Southwest Jiaotong University. Vol. 56 (4) 632-644. DOI:10.35741/issn.0258-2724.56.4.54
  • Mubangizi, BC. 2021. Rural-Urban Migration and Smart Cities: Implications for Service Delivery in South Africa. African Renaissance. Vol.18(1). 1744-2532.
  • Nyawo, CJ and Mubangizi, BC. 2021. Perception of Agricultural Smallholder Farmers on Public Extension and Advisory Services in Ethekwini Municipality, Kwazulu-Natal Province. Journal of Southwest Jiaotong University. Vol.56(3). 499-418.
  • Mubangizi, BC. and Mubangizi, JC. 2021. Covid-19, Rural Livelihoods and Human Rights: A South African Perspective. Journal of Southwest Jiaotong University Vol. 56(3). 216-228. DOI.10.35741/issn.0258-2724.56.3.18
  • Mubangizi, BC. and Ngubo, NF. 2020. Women empowerment and public policy implementation Processes: an exploration of black women entrepreneurs in Kwazulu-Natal’s construction industry. Gender & Behaviour, Vol. 18(1), 14809 – 14829
  • Mubangizi, BC. 2019. Monitoring and Evaluation Processes are critical to Service Provision in South Africa’s Rural-based Municipalities. Journal of Reviews on Global Economics. 2019. 8, 555-565
  • Mubangizi, BC and Mwesigwa, D. 2019. Enhancing Local Economic Development through tourism: Perspectives from a cohort of Got Ngetta rock climbers in Mid- North Uganda. African Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure. Volume 8 (5). 1-17. 2019
  • 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
  • Mwesigwa, D and Mubangizi, BC. 2018. The Contribution of Voter–Linked Expectations to Voter Turnouts in Mid-Western Uganda. Administratio Publica. Vol 26 (3).252-272
  • Mwesigwa, D and Mubangizi, BC. 2017. C

Additional Information

GRANTSMANSHIP [Peer reviewed research funding]
  • Water Research Commission [WRC 00882] Understanding effective governance practise for watershed stewardship in communal landscapes [R1 044 000]
  • Water Research Commission [K5-2960]. Promoting the adaptive capacity of rural communities to climate change through holistic catchment management: A Case Study of ground-water dependent communities in two catchments. 2021 – 2022. Co-Principal Investigator [R 1 300 000]
  • COVID – Africa Rapid Grant [Reference: COV19200603527490]. Understanding the Interplay Among Vulnerabilities, Livelihoods, and Institutional Dynamics in the Context of COVID-19. 2020 – 2023. Principal Investigator [R1600 000]
  • DST/NRF/Nedbank. [Reference: SARCI170811259373]. Sustainable Rural Livelihoods. 2018 – 2023. Research Chair [R 1680 000 p.a.]
  • DST/NRF. Local Government and Food Security. [Reference: TTK1207112526] 2014 – 2016. [R60 000]
  • DST/NRF Conference funding 2016. [Reference; 99019:2016] Young Professional Planners – 52nd ISOCARP Congress 2016.[ R 343,000]ORCID: 0000-0003-0774-7193