Martin Magidi

Martin Magidi

Postdoctoral Researcher



Martin Magidi is a Postdoctoral Researcher for the Urban Governance Research Lab as part of the African Mayoral Leadership Initiative. He first joined the African Centre for Cities as a Postdoctoral Researcher in June 2019 as part of the Robert Bosch Stiftung Pan-African College on Sustainable Cities programme – a research college made up of researchers from five African universities (University of Ghana, University of Nairobi, the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources (Ghana), the University of Cape Town and Wits University). Martin does research on sustainable urbanisation in Africa, with a special interest auto-construction, informality and urban sprawl in Cape Town. He is also interested in urban informality in its various facets; housing, planning, livelihoods,  SMEs/businesses and its governance.

Martin holds a PhD in Development Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (UKZN) School of Built Environment and Development (2019). His PhD study unpacked urban livelihoods after deindustrialisation in Zimbabwe – a research that cemented his interest in urban studies and development. Martin also holds a Master of Development Studies, a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma in Personnel Management – all from Zimbabwe. Prior to joining ACC, he worked in academic research, public health research, post-conflict environmental rehabilitation projects as well as high school teaching.


Magidi, Martin & Hlungwani, Promise. (2022). Development or destruction? Impacts of mining on the environment and rural livelihoods at Connemara Mine, Zimbabwe. South African Geographical Journal. 1-22. 10.1080/03736245.2022.2032294.

Magidi, Martin. (2021). How the informal economy solves some urban challenges in a Zimbabwean town. The Conversation Africa

Magidi, Martin. (2021). The role of the informal economy in promoting urban sustainability: Evidence from a small Zimbabwean town.. Development Southern Africa. 1-15. 10.1080/0376835X.2021.1925088.

Magidi, M. and Mahiya, I. T. (2020). Rethinking training: the role of the informal sector in skills acquisition and development in Zimbabwe. Development Southern Africa.

Hlungwani, P.M., Masuku, S.  and Magidi, M.(2019). Mainstreaming of policies and institutions towards engendering a pro-youth, consensual and progressive empowerment policy in rural Zimbabwe. UCT CSSR Working Paper Number 443.

Magidi, M. (forthcoming). The impacts of globalisation on small and informal businesses in Zimbabwe: a qualitative inquiry. African Studies.