Lyman Mlambo  

Institutional Affiliation: Institute of Mining Research, University of Zimbabwe 

Lyman Mlambo, the current Chairman of the Institute of Mining Research at the University of Zimbabwe, has been with the Institute as Mineral Economist since 2002. He holds an MSc Economics, BSc Economics and Certificate in Mineral Resource Valuation. He has also undergone training in mining professional development courses with UNCTAD Vi, Centre for Continuing Engineering Education (Zimbabwe) and the Global Academy for Mining, Oil and Gas. Prior to joining the Institute, he worked for 6 years as an Economist with the Zimbabwe National Economic Planning Commission (under the Office of the President and Cabinet) and the Rural Development Fund (Zimbabwe). Mlambo has sat as an Assessor at the Administrative Court of Zimbabwe since 2012.  

His current research is focused on mining policy, mining sector transparency, artisanal and small-scale mining, mining and sustainable development, mining taxation, mineral linkages, and mineral commodity market analysis. He has consulted for and worked with several organizations, including the African Development Bank, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, USAI-SERA, The Open Society Institute for Southern Africa, Raw Materials Group (Sweden), and a number of other local, regional and international public, business and not for profit research organisations. Recent research projects have included: Challenges and opportunities for integration of large-scale mining (LSM) and small-scale mining (ASM) sectors in Zimbabwe; Contribution of artisanal and small-scale gold mining to Zimbabwe’s economic growth and development; Extractives and sustainable development in Zimbabwe; Zimbabwe mining fiscal revenue and industry competitiveness; and Significance of price in determination of Zimbabwean gold production. He has published 6 commissioned reports, 16 peer-reviewed articles in international journals, 2 non-refereed articles, and books reviews.  



Publications (Selected): 

Mlambo, L., Mamina, M, Masiya, T. T, Kamba, R., Mungoni, M. & Chimuzinga, P. (2019). Assessment of the necessity, challenges and opportunities for cooperation between the large-scale mining (LSM) and small-scale mining (ASM) sectors in Zimbabwe. Pact. Washington, D.C; Pact.  

Makochekanwa, A. & Mlambo, L. (2018). State of the Mining Industry 2018 Report: Prospects for 2019. Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe. Harare.  

Ndamba, R., Mlambo, L. & Musvovi, G. (2017). The Contribution of Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining to Zimbabwe’s Economic Growth and Development. Pact. Washington, D.C.: Pact.’s-economic-growth-and  

Mlambo, L. (2018). Extractives and Sustainable Development II: Minerals, Oil and Gas Sectors in Zimbabwe. Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. Harare. ISBN: 978-1-77906-376-2. This is the second edition of a book first published in 2016 (ISBN: 978-0-7974-7672-1) accessible on 

Chigumira, G., Mlambo, L., Chipumho, E. & Chiwunze, G. (2016). The Probable Impact on Zimbabwe Mining Fiscal Revenue and Industry Competitiveness of Various Price, Production and Fiscal Scenarios: Incorporating a Quantitative Case Study of the Gold Sector.  Government of Zimbabwe (GOZ), African Development Bank (AfDB) and Zimbabwe Economic Policy Analysis and Research Unit (ZEPARU). Harare. ISBN: 978-0-7974-7137-5.  

Everret, R., Mlambo, L. & Makore, G. (2014). Building Trust and Transparency in the Zimbabwe Mining Sector. IBI International, Nathan Associates and USAID-SERA. Washington, D.C.  

Mlambo, L. (2017). The Significance of Price in Determination of Zimbabwean Gold Production. The International Journal of Business and Management (IJBM). Vol.6, Issue 3, pp.221-226.  

Mlambo, L. (2012). Price Dynamics of the World Gold Market: A Model Incorporating Inventories. Chinese Business Review Journal, ISSN 1537-1506, May 2012, Vol. 11, No. 5 (Serial Number 107), 425-433, David Publishing Company, USA.   

Mlambo, L. (2012). Adaptive Price Expectations and the Modelling of World Gold Price Dynamics. International Journal of Management, IT and Engineering (IJMIE), Vol.2, Issue-9, pp.1-23, September.  

Mlambo, L. (2012). Estimation of Resource Depreciation and Scarcity Using the Hotelling Rent Concept: Application to Two Base Metal Resources in Zimbabwe. International Journal of Physical and Social Sciences (IJPSS), Vol.2, Issue-12, pp.470-498, December.  

Mlambo, L. (2012). A Simple World Market Model for Gold: Assessing the Significance of the Model and its usefulness in Prediction. In Hoque, T. (ed.) (2012), Proceedings of Fourth Annual American Business Research Conference, New York. Accessible at: 4-5 June, 2012  

Takavarasha, S., Hapanyengwi, G. & Mlambo, L. (2013). Poverty Reduction Capacity of Artisanal Gold Mining in Developing Countries and the Role of ICT: With Reference to Zimbabwe. International Journal of Management, IT and Engineering (IJMIE), Vol.3, Issue 6, pp.52-78, June.  

Masiya, T.T., Mlambo, L. & Mungoni, M. (2012). Small-Scale Mining in Zimbabwe: A Historical Perspective. Global Conference on Business and Finance Proceedings, Vol.7, No.2, pp. 286-295, San Jose, Costa Rica, May 22-25, 2012.  

Mlambo, L. & Masiya, T.T. (2012). The Pattern of Mining Injuries in Zimbabwe (2000-2002) and their Impact on Production: A Statistical Approach.  Costa Rica Global Conference on Business and Finance Proceedings, Vol.7, No.2, pp. 133-137, San Jose, Costa Rica, May 22-25, 2012.  

Mlambo, L & Mungoni, M. (2011). Tantalite Production in Zimbabwe and the Role of World Price Trends in the Past Three Decades. Global Conference on Business and Finance Proceedings, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 226-235, San Jose, Costa Rica, May 24-27, 2011.  

Mlambo, L. (2011). Determinants of Mining Investment in Zimbabwe. Global Conference on Business and Finance Proceedings, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 65-76, Las Vegas, Nevada, January 2-5, 2011.  

Mlambo, L. (2010). Accounting for the Depletion of Mineral Resources in Zimbabwe Using the User Cost Approach: A case study of the gold sector. Global Conference on Business and Finance Proceedings, Vol.5, No.2, pp. 243-254, San Jose, Costa Rica, May 25-28, 2010.  

Mlambo, L. (2010). Estimation of technical progress in Zimbabwe mining sector (1977-1997): An economic perspective. Global Conference on Business and Finance Proceedings, Vol.5, No.1, pp. 271-282, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, January 3-6, 2010.  

Mlambo, L. (2019). Achieving the 50-ton Platinum Target by 2030: Challenges and Growth Imperatives. Mining Zimbabwe Magazine, Issue 12 (December 2019), pp. 14-16. Timelison Media, Harare.  

Mlambo, L. (2019). The Performance of the Zimbabwe Mining Sector in 2019. Mining Zimbabwe Magazine, Issue 12 (December 2019), pp. 22-23. Timelison Media, Harare.