Dr. James Chakwizira is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Department: Urban and Regional Planning in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa. Prior to joining the University of Venda, James worked at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria initially as a Senior Researcher under the Rural Access and Development Research Group in the Rural Infrastructure and Services Competency Area and later as an Acting Research Group Leader in the Transport Systems and Operations Competency Area of the Built Environment Unit. James holds the following qualifications: PhD in Urban and Regional Planning (University of Venda); MPhil in Urban and Regional Planning (University of Zimbabwe); BSc (Hons) in Urban and Regional Planning (University of Zimbabwe); He also holds a post-graduate Diploma in Transport Planning and Management (Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport – United Kingdom) and post-graduate Diploma in Urban Planning (Erasmus University – Netherlands).

He is a registered professional planner with the South African Council for Planners (SACPLAN); a corporate member of the South African Planning Institute (SAPI), the current Chairperson of the Committee of Heads of Planning Schools (CHoPs) in South Africa. He is also a member of the National Transport Forum. Besides being a Council member and Deputy Chairperson of SACPLAN, he also serves as the Chairperson of the Registration Committee (RC) as well as being a member of the Education and Training Committee (ETC). James is an experienced spatial & transportation specialist who has consulted on national and regional projects in Africa, Asia and Europe. He has published, taught at universities in Southern Africa, practiced in both the public and private sector leading multidisciplinary teams and units focusing on regional transportation, spatial development, sustainable regional economic development, climate change and adaptation, regional integration, appropriate technology, poverty reduction and wealth creation and sustainable human settlements.

His passion is to continuously provide thought leadership in the application of new knowledge and technological innovations in order to resolve the challenges of the marginalised and disadvantaged communities and societies inhabiting the built and non-built environments of Africa.

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