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Archimedes Muzenda

Snr Research Associate

The African Urban Institute,
Johannesburg, South Africa


Archimedes is a senior research associate at the African Urban Institute and was the 2018 Machel-Mandela Fellow at The Brenthurst Foundation. Previously, he was as a research associate at the African Urban Institute where he covered topics on urban transport, land use economics, urban infrastructure financing, municipal budgeting, and new towns development in East and Southern Africa. In this role he also profiled case studies for the African Urban Development Case Studies Initiative and edited the Institute’s quarterly magazine.

Prior to African Urban Institute, Archimedes worked as an analyst for Speyside Group’s EMEA region during his postgraduate studies in Budapest.  Upon finishing his undergraduate studies, he joined the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) as an intern. In this role, he researched on Regional Economic Communities in Africa, engineering capacity of African economies, and strategies for domestic resource mobilisation for the Foundation. Outside his professional experience, Archimedes has taken part in various research projects as a researcher, research assistant, and data analyst. Some which include, UNDP’s Local Government Capacity needs assessment in Zimbabwe and WWF’s Global Food Supply Chain Sustainability project.

He has contributed to academic journals, book chapters, and has spoken at various conferences on topics ranging from urban development, governance, to regional integration in Sub-Saharan Africa. His forthcoming book, Dystopia: How The Tyranny of Specialists Fragment African Cities, takes on specialists in their interventions to urban development and how it waste scarce resources, destroy livelihoods and urban forms.


  1. 2018-2019
    Snr Research Associate
    African Urban Institute, Harare
  2. 2017-2018
    Research Associate
    African Urban Institute, Harare
  3. 2018
    Machel-Mandela Fellow
    The Brenthurst Foundation, Johannesburg
  4. 2016
    Speyside Group, Budapest
  5. 2014-2015
    Research Intern
    African Capacity Building Foundation, Harare


  1. December 2021

    Urban Management

    University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
  2. June 2017

    Master of Public Administration

    Central European University, Budapest
  3. June 2014

    BSc Regional and Urban Planning

    University of Zimbabwe, Harare


  • 2015
    CEU Fellowship of Excellence
    Central European University
  • 2013
    WISE Fellowship
    Qatar Foundation


Urban Development

I research on various aspects of urban development that ranges from redevelopment, suburban sprawl renewal, land use planning, and urban mobility-land use planning nexus, public transit & walkability.

Regional Development

I cover topics of regional economic communities (RECs), regional integration, regional infrastructure sharing in Africa's regional communities. politics and economics of regional cooperation.

Local Governance

I explore various topics on governance from natural resource management, local government affairs, participatory planning, participatory budgeting, municipal financing, strategic planning & visioning.

Environmental Sustainability

Topics of sustainability of the built environment are of particular interest. Ranging from urban energy, mobility, urban landscapes. I also explore environmental policies, frameworks & institutions.