Dr Wilfred Lunga

DEPARTMENT: Developmental, Capable and Ethical State (DCES)
TELEPHONE: 012 302 2024
EMAIL: wlunga@hsrc.ac.za

Dr Wilfred Lunga is an African Research Fellow (ARF) at rank Senior Research Specialist (SRS) in the Developmental Capable Ethical State (DCES) research programme. He holds a PhD in Development and Management (Disaster Risk Studies) form the North West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa (2015), MSc Development Studies from the National University of Science and Technology, (NUST), Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (2012), MED Science and Mathematics Education form the University of Zimbabwe, (UZ), Harare, Zimbabwe (2006), Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the National University of Science and Technology, (NUST), Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (2006), Diploma in Development and Disaster management (2004), Licentiate in geography form the University of Enrique Jose Varona, Havana, Cuba (1992). He specialises in disaster risk reduction (DRR), disaster risk management (DRM), climate change, resilience strengthening, environmental science and monitoring and evaluation in relation to community development.

Experience and special projects: He joined the HSRC?s Research Use and Impact Assessment (RIA) in December 2016 in the and later moved to Developmental Capable Ethical State (DCES) research programme in the same organisation in 2019.He was a project manager for the WHO Study on global AGEing and adult health (SAGE) national study for South Africa. Currently he manages a project on the the development of urban governance indicators a study commissioned by the South African cities network (SACN).

Before joining the HSRC, Dr Lunga was a post-doctoral research fellow with The Africa Unit for Transdisciplinary Health Research (AUTHeR) that conducts multidisciplinary-, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research in an effort to offer realistic solutions to real-life health and wellbeing challenges at the North West University. He also spent 10 years as an academic during which time he taught mainly courses in Climate Change Resiliency, Physical Geography with elements of astronomy, Economic Geography, Population & Migration and Human Geography, Disaster Education, Disaster and Development, Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Planning, Disaster Risk Reduction, Disaster Monitoring and Evaluation, Disaster Risk and Vulnerability Assessment Techniques to undergraduate and post graduate levels at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Zimbabwe and the North West University in South Africa..

During the past decade he has mostly conducted his research in the area of disaster risk reduction and indigenous knowledge focusing on vulnerability reduction.

Publications: Dr Lunga has published 12 scientific articles in both local and international peer-reviewed academic journals, 26 research reports, 5 policy briefs, and 1 book chapters. He has also presented more than 20 papers and posters at both local and international conferences. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Calabash journal published by the university of Limpopo. He is a reviewer of the Jamba journal for disaster risk reduction and Disaster Risk Science Journal.