Dr David Mkwambisi

David is the Head of the Centre and holds PhD and MSc in Environment and Development from Universities of Leeds and East Anglia in UK respectively. He is an Associate Professor of Environment and Development and an active researcher in the development discourse working with national and international organisations including World Bank, Africa development Bank, UNDP, UNICEF, Government of Malawi, COMESA, NEPAD, GIZ, USAID, DFID, UNFPA, IDRC and several internationally recognised centres of excellence and higher education institutions.

Selected Research Grants

  • MUST Capacity Building Programme (PI, USD2million) funded by The Foundation for Smoke Free World (2019-2024)
  • Africa Drone and Data Academy (Co-PI, USD 156,000 funded by UNICEF, Malawi)
  • Malawi Innovation Scholar Programme (PI, USD250,000.00 funded by USAID); 2018-2020
  • Supporting smallholder farmers’ decision making: Managing trade-Offs and synergies for sustainable intensification (co-PI £799,000: £ 45,000 to LUANAR) funded by DFID (UK); 2014-2018
  • Agricultural Climate Resilience to El-Nino in sub-Saharan Africa (ACRES)” Project (co-PI £240,000; £55,000 to LUANAR) funded by DFID; 2017-2018
  • Future Climate for Africa Programme – UMFULA Regional Consortium project (co-PI £3.98m; £95k to LUANAR); funded by NERC/DFID; 2015 – 2019.
  • Capacity building for managing climate change in Malawi (PI, USD10million) funded by Government of Norway; 2013-2018
  • Developing Eco-Health Guidelines (Co-PI) funded by IDRC: 2010-1014- USD 350,000.00
  • Prediction of climate change in sub Saharan Africa (Co-PI) funded by EU – Euro 60,000.00
  • British Council DelPHE Project – “Capacity building in climate change and rural livelihoods in Malawi and Botswana“ Lead UK investigator (£90,000) 2008 – 2011.


Whitfield, S., Hernandez,M.R.,   Morel,A.,  Burslem,D.,  Jew, E.,  Mkwambisi, D.,  White, P., Byg, A., Godbold,J.,  Beauchamp,E.,  Boyd,D.,  Didena,M., Cutler,M., Moges,A.,  Hazenbosch,M., Spencer,T.,  Solan, M., Morris,R.,  Touza, J.,  Dougill, A., Hirons,M.,  Ifejika, C. FColledge,F.,  Foody,  G., Lacambra C.S., Smith,  H.,  Thornton, A and  Novo, P (2019).  Exploring Temporality in Socio-Ecological Resilience through Experiences of the 2015/16 El Niño across the Tropics. Global Environmental Change.  Accepted


Dougill, A.J., Whitfield, S., Stringer, L.C., Vincent, K., Wood, BT., Chinseu. E.L., Steward, P and Mkwambisi, D.D. (2017). Mainstreaming conservation agriculture in Malawi: Knowledge gaps and institutional barriers. Journal of Environmental Management 195 (25-34)

England, M.I., Dougill, A.J., Lindsacy, C.S., Vincent, K.E., Pardoe, J. Kalaba, F.K., Mkwambisi, D.D., Namaganda, E., and Afionis, S (2018)  Climate change adaptation and cross-sectoral policy coherence in southern Africa. Regional Environmental Change. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10113-018-1283-0 

Chiwona-Karltun, L., Kimanzu, N.,  Clendenning, J., Bergman Lodin, J., Ellingson, C., Lidestav, J., Mkwambisi., D., Mwangi. E.,   Nhantumbo, I., Ochieng, C., and Petrokofsky, G. (2016) A systematic map protocol:  how does gender affect access to and use of forest assets for food and nutrition security? Accepted for Publication- Environmental Evidence.

Suckall, N., Fraser, E., Forster, P and Mkwambisi, D (2015) Using a migration systems approach to understand the link between climate change and urbanization in Malawi.  Journal for Applied Geography,  63 (244-252) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeog.2015.07.004

Mkwambisi, D.D., Dougill, A.J. Antwi-Agyei, P and Chabvuta, C.P (2015) Urbanization and Soil Nutrient Fluxes: Challenges and Opportunities for African cities.   In Brearley, F.Q and Thomas, A.D (2015). Land Use Change Impacts and Soil Process. CABI International.

Mngoli M., Mkwambisi, D.D., Fraser, EDG (2015) An evaluation of traditional seed saving methods in rural Malawi. Journal for International Development, 27 (85-98) DOI: 10.1002/jid.3052

Kakota T., Nyariki D., Mkwambisi D. and Kogi-Makau W. (2013). Determinants of household vulnerability to food insecurity: A case study of semi-arid districts in Malawi. Journal of International Development (JID). Doi:10.1002/jid.2958

Daniel Schensul, David Mkwambisi, Sainan Zhang, David Dodman, Thomas Munthali and Dunstan Matekenya (2013) Adapting Urban Settlements to Climate Change: Local Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity in the Urban Areas of Malawi pp 115-137. In Martine, George and Daniel Schensul (eds.) 2013. The Demography of Adaptation to Climate Change. New York, London and Mexico City: UNFPA, IIED and El Colegio de Mexico.

Mkwambisi, D.D., Fraser, E and Dougill, A.D. (2012) Urban Agriculture, Institutions and Development. In Pierre Jacquet, Rajendra Pachauri and Laurence Tubiana (EDs) A Planet of Life: Towards Agricultural Change? Pp 73-76.

Mkwambisi, D.D., Fraser, E.D.G. and Dougill, A.J. (2011). Urban agriculture and poverty reduction: evaluating how food production in cities contributes to food security, employment and income in Malawi. Journal of International Development 23 (2) 181-203 

Kakota, T, Nyariki, D, Mkwambisi, D.D and Wambui, M (2011) Gender vulnerability to climate variability and household food insecurity in Malawi. Journal of Climate and Development 3 (4)  298-309

Stringer, L.C., Mkwambisi, D.D., Dougill, A.J. and Dyer, J.C. (2010).  Adaptation to climate change and desertification: Perspectives from national policy and autonomous practice in Malawi. Climate and Development, 2, 145–160.

Mkwambisi, D.D (2008). Urban agriculture and food security in Lilongwe and Blantyre, Malawi. In Mark Reedwood (Ed) Agriculture in urban planning: Generating livelihoods and food security. Earthscan Publishing, London. United Kingdom. (Chapter 5, pp 91- 103) 


Email: dmkwambisi@must.ac.mw

Phone: +265 14 78 367