Job Title: 

Researcher and Lecturer (Phd Student)

Contact Info: 

Mobile: + 250 788 505 048
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Office: UR – CST, Nyarugenge Campus, Admin Block, 2nd Floor, A36


Theodomir Mugiraneza is a Researcher in Centre for Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing of the University of Rwanda, since March 2007. He is also a Lecturer in undergraduate and postgraduate programs of the same university.  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 GIS, Remote Sensing and their applications in Land Administration and management, and environment.  His research interest includes GIS, Remote Sensing, Land Administration and Management, urban land cover/land use classification based on multi-temporal satellite data Satellite based urbanization monitoring, environmental impact assessment, ecosystem services monitoring and valuation. Since 2014, Theodomir Mugiraneza is enrolled in PhD studies at KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm in Sweden. His research project is on Multi-resolution Earth Observation Data for Urban Land Cover Change Analysis and Environmental Impact Assessment.



A. Papers in Peer-reviewed Journals

  • Mugiraneza, T., Ban, Y., & Haas, J. (2018). Urban land cover dynamics and their impact on ecosystem services in Kigali, Rwanda using multi-temporal Landsat Data. Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment. In Press. DOI. 10.1016/j.rsase.2018.11.001
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Mugiraneza, T. (2010). Land policy reform in Rwanda: A Catalyst for Land Information Provision. Rwanda Journal, 21(1), 50-73.

B. Peer-reviewed Conference Proceedings

C. Book Chapters

  •  Mazimpaka, J. D., Mugiraneza, T., & Thioune, R. M. (2015). Impact of Public Access to ICT Skills on Job Prospects in Rwanda. In Public access ICT across cultures: Diversifying participation in the network society, 35-58. MIT Press.
  • 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.

D. Conference Papers

  • Mugiraneza T., Ban Y., Nascetti A., Haas, J. (2018). Integrating rule-based approach and urban density index for improving object-based urban land cover classification using WorldView-2 Data. The 21th AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science. 12-14 June 2018, Lund Sweden
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Selected Professional trainings:

  • Critical Assessment of Drone Imaging for Internet of Things (IoT): Signals, Sensors, and Systems. University of Rwanda-Nyarugenge Campus, Kigali-Rwanda. from 5th to 9th November 2018.
  • Innovative Concepts, Tools and Practices in Land Administration. RCMRD Joint Learning Programme: 14th July 2014 to 25th July 2014. Nairobi Kenya
  • 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

Courses/Modules Taught

  • Introduction to GIS and Cartography
  • Principles of Remote Sensing
  •  GIS for land administration
  • Cartography and Visualization
  • GIS and Data Management
  • Land degradation modeling

Selected technical reports

i. Inventory and Updating of Land Use Categories and Forest/Tree Cover under Cultivated area in CBNRM Kinigi Macro Zone: 2014-2018.  August 2018.

Duties and Responsibilities: Land Cover mapping and GIS analyst

Client: International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP)

ii. Creating Baseline Data Bank and continuous monitoring of Water Quality and Minimum Ecological Flow for Hillside Irrigation in Selected Sites (NYANZA-23, KARONGI-13, KARONGI-12, Rwamagana-34 & 35, Kayonza-4 and GATSIBO-8). 2013.

Client: Republic of Rwanda, Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources/ Land Husbandry, Water harvesting and Hillside irrigation (MINAGRI/LWH)

Duties and Responsibilities: GIS Specialist

iii. Updating the Rwanda forest map using high resolution Remote Sensing Data and GIS based analysis. From March-July 2012.

Duties and Responsibilities: GIS Analyst

Client: Rwanda Natural Resources Authority-Department of Forestry and Nature Conservation, PAREF Project

iv. Beverage Trade Census for Geo-marketing. July-August 2013

    Duties and Responsibilities: Field Coordinator.

Client: Brasserie et Limonaderie du Rwanda (BRALIRWA)

v. Mapping spatial distribution and incidence of Banana Xanthomas wilt (BXW) Disease (commonly known as Kirabiranya y’urutoki in Kinyarwanda) in East and Central African Countries (ECA).

Client: Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA)

Duties and Responsibilities: GIS Analyst

Membership in Professional bodies

  • Member of Eastern Africa Land Administration Academic Network (EALAN)
  • Co-Research Fellow of IDRC/Amy Mahan Research Program (ICT4D)
  • Member of Association of Research and Academic Staff of the University of Rwanda (ARSA-UR)

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