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Lungile recently joined the Department of Sociology & Industrial Sociology. He is currently teaching Social Research at undergraduate level. His field of study is Development Studies.  Lungile previously worked as a Local Government Researcher at the Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM), Rhodes University. His work involved doing local government monitoring, research and advocacy (through analysing municipal budgets, strategic plans, expenditure reports, performance management reports, and directly engaging local government stakeholders) to improve local government transparency, accountability, and the use and management of public resources to enhance good governance. Lungile also worked for the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform in Pretoria (on Rural Development) His works focused on research on Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Rural Development through Technology).

Lungile recently completed his PhD thesis (still awaiting results from examination) entitled: “Spaces of participation: a critical analysis of participation in housing projects in Whittlesea, Eastern Cape, South Africa.” The thesis mainly focused on the ‘spaces’ of participation, the nature and extent of participation during housing projects of small towns.



  • Social Research
  • Participatory Development
  • Local Government
  • Small Towns Development
  • Human Settlements Development 


  • Participatory Development
  • Local Government
  • Small Towns Development
  • Human Settlements Development
  • Rural Development


  • The socio-political debates in Government driven Development
  • People’s Participation in their Development 
  • Small Towns Development
  • Local Government Planning, Implementation, Performance & Accountability    


  • PhD – Development Studies (submitted for examination, awaiting results) (UWC)
  • MA – Development Studies (NMU)
  • BSS (Honours) Interdisciplinary (African Language Studies & Developmental Sociology) (Rhodes University)
  • BSS – (Sociology & Politics and International Studies) (Rhodes University)  


  • Presented PhD Empirical Findings at the 4th PhD Conference on International Development at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany (24- 25 September 2015).
  • Presented a paper: “The nature and the extent of participation in small town housing projects in South Africa”, at the International Conference on Local Government and Urban Governance: Citizen Responsive Innovations in Europe and in Africa in University of Lisbon, Portugal (09 – 10 April 2015). 
  • Presented a paper: “The Revival of Small Towns in South Africa”, at the Southern African City Studies Conference (SACC) at Wits University, South Africa (27 – 29 March 2014).


Current Students:

Ayanda Sondara (MA)

  • Evaluating Public Participation Processes in Local Economic Development Initiatives of the Great Kei Local Municipality, Eastern Cape.

Completed Supervision:

Masters Students

Bokang Phiri

  • An Analysis of Self -Help Agricultural Projects in Rothe Village, Lesotho

Blessing Matsilele (MA half thesis)

  • An analysis of service delivery and stakeholder participation in Chiredzi town council, Zimbabwe.

Honours Students

Anele Ndimande (2020)

  • An analysis of education-driven youth development initiatives in Makhanda.

Zikhona Mtwa (2020)

  • An analysis of Ikamva Youth Education Development Initiative in Makhanda.

Xolelwa Dlamini (2020)

  • Understanding Education-driven Youth Development Initiatives in Makhanda: Evidence from Assumptions Development Centre.

Ashely Mahlunge (2020)

  • An analysis of the role of ICT Youth Development initiatives for under-resourced schools in East London.

Duncan Seoke (2019)

  • Makhanda Development through Recycling: Understanding the role of Stakeholder Participants.

Bongani Hanise (2019)

  • The role of Grahamstown Residents Association participation in the affairs of the Makana Local Municipality in Makhanda, South Africa.

Blessing Matsilele (2019)

  • The State of Local Government Service Delivery: A Sociological Understanding of Stakeholder Participation in Makana Municipality Service Delivery.

Brian Rutageruka (2019)

  • The State of Local Government Service Delivery: Understanding the role of Stakeholder Participation in Makana Municipality.

Natasha Kapepula (2019)

  • The State of Local Government Service Delivery: A sociological understanding of External Stakeholder Participation in Makana Municipality.





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