Archimedes Muzenda

Snr Research Associate

OFFICE:

Johannesburg, South Africa

Email:

amuzenda@africaurban.org

Phone:

+27 11 083 9177

Biography

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.

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