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Researcher (Phd Student)

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Theodomir Mugiraneza is a Researcher in Centre for Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing of the University of Rwanda. He holds a Master of Science in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation with Specialization in Geo-information Management for Land Administration and Management from University of Twente, Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (former ITC) in The Netherlands in 2009. He also holds a BSc in Physical and Human Geography from the University of Rwanda.  Before joining ITC in 2007, Theodomir was Research Assistant playing the role of Mapping Officer under Geo-IT Unit in the CGIS-UR. Currently, he is delivering courses related to Land Administration and Land Tenure Systems, GIS and Cartography in the School of Pure and Applied Sciences at University of Rwanda. He is also actively participating in delivering short courses and tailor-made trainings related of GIS and Remote sensing applications. His area of research interest includes GIS, Remote Sensing, Land Administration and Management, Geo-data Acquisition for Land administration and Cadastral Information Management. Theodomir Mugiraneza is also enrolled in PhD studies (2014-2018) at KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm in Sweden. He is working on Geo-information Integration in Analyzing Land Transactions and Land Occupation Modeling in the Fast Growing Cities. 

Professional trainings:

  1. Modernization of Land Administration Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa (MODALS): Methods and Approaches to Promote Gender Equality and Incorporating Good Governance. October-November 2013, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  2. Innovative Concepts, Tools and Practices in Land Administration. RCMRD Joint Learning Programme: 14th July 2014 to 25th July 2014. Nairobi Kenya



Peer Reviewed

  1. Ndayambaje, J. D.   Mugiraneza T.; G. M. J. Mohren (2013). Woody biomass on farms and in the landscapes of Rwanda. In Agroforestry Systems Volume 88, Issue 1, pp 101-124. DOI 10.1007/s10457-013-9659-0
  2. Bizimana, J. P., Mugiraneza, T., Twarabamenye, E., & Mukeshimana, M. R. (2012). Land Tenure Security in Informal Settlements of Kigali City. Case study in Muhima Sector. In Rwanda Journal, 25(1), 86-100.
  3. Uwayezu E. and Mugiraneza T. (2011). Land Reform Policy in Rwanda and Land Tenure Security for all Citizens: Provision and Recognition of Women’s Rights over Land. FIG Working Week 2011 - Bridging the Gap between Cultures. May 18-22/2011, Marrakech, Morocco. Peer reviewed conference proceeding
  4. Mugiraneza, T. (2011). Land policy reform in Rwanda: A Catalyst for Land Information Provision. In Rwanda Journal, 21(1), 50-73.

Book Chapters

  1. Night G.; Gaidashova S.V; Nyirigira A.; Mugiraneza T.; Rutikanga A.; Murekezi C.; Nduwayezu A.; Rurangwa E.; Mugiraneza Thierry; Mukase F.; Ndayitegeye O.; Tinzaara W.; Karamura E.; Jogo w.; Rwomushana, I.; Opio, F.; GAhakwa, D. (2013). Distribution, Incidence and farmers knowledge of Banana Xanthomonas Wilt in Rwanda.  In “Banana Systems in the Humid Highlands of Sub-Saharan Africa: Enhancing Resilience and Productivity”. Edited by Guy Blomme, Piet van Asten, Bernard Vanlauw CABI, Nov 28, 2013.
  2. Mazimpaka JD, Mugiraneza T.; Ramata T. M. (under review). Public Access to ICT and Job Prospects in Rwanda. In “ICT4D and Social Changes” Edited by Francisco J. Proenza, Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona, Spain

Conference proceedings

  1. Nduwamungu J., Nyandwi E., Mazimpaka JD, Mugiraneza T., Mukashema A., Uwayezu E., Rwanyiziri G. and Nzabanita V. (2014). Rwanda Forest Cover Mapping using High Resolution Aerial Photographs. GSDI 14 and AfricaGIS 2013: November 4-8, 2013; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Accessible on
  2. Mazimpaka J.D. and MugiranezaT. (2010). Public Access to ICT and Employment: Case of the Impact of Public Access to ICT skills on job prospects in Rwanda, Proceedings of ICTD 2010 Conference, London (UK)
  3. Bizimana; J.P., Mugiraneza, T., Twarabamenye, E. and Mukeshimana, M. R. (2010). Beyond Land Tenure Security in Muhima Informal Settlement, Kigali City; NUR 3rd International Scientific Research Conference, 2-4th November 2010; Butare, Rwanda.
  4. Simbizi M.C.; Bizimana J.P., Mugiraneza T. (2010).Thinking Beyond Routine Practices of Flood Management in Rwanda. Presented in 3rd Scientific Conference of Ecological Society for Eastern Africa – ESEA Theme: “Climate Change and Natural Resource Use in Eastern Africa: Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation”; Multi Media University College of Kenya 19th – 21st May 2010.
  5. Mugiraneza, T. (2009). Geo-IT Application in Land Tenure Regularization and Formalization. A new Approach for Land Information Provision in Rwanda. Paper submitted and presented in AfricaGIS International Conference on “Geo-Spatial Information and Sustainable Development in Africa” From 26-30 October 2009, Kampala, Uganda.

Others professional publications

  1. Bizimana JP, Mugiraneza T, Simbizi MC, Nduwamungu J. (2009). Physical and Economic flood risk impacts and adaptation cost in Rwanda. Scientific Paper published by Stockholm Environmental Institute

List of Courses/Modules Taught

  1. Introduction to GIS and Cartography” course in year I Geography undergraduate at University of Rwanda
  2.  Introduction to GIS and GPS technology” sub-module in Water Resources and Environment Management Post Graduate Programme (WREM) at University of Rwanda
  3.  Introduction to GIS” course in Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Geo-information Science under University of Rwanda
  4. Research Project I course in Geography (undergraduate) at University of Rwanda
  5. GIS for Land Administration course in Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Geo-information Science under National University of Rwanda
  6. Cartography and Visualization course in Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Geo-information Science under University of Rwanda
  7. Land and Housing Module, in Geography (undergraduate) at University of Rwanda
  8. GIS and Data Management Module, in Applied Statistics (Undergraduate) at Universityof Rwanda

Welcome note

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How to Reach Us

Based in Loiret Building opposite (the newly built) Huye bus station.

CGIS-UR is located in Southern Province of Rwanda near the National Museum of Rwanda. 

What is GIS?

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