Chris Nshimbi joined GovInn as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2012 and is now a Department of Science and Technology-National Research Foundation (DST-NRF) Research Fellow and Deputy Director in the Centre. He holds a PhD from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (Japan) and his current research focuses on informal cross-border trade in eastern and southern Africa, regional (labor) migration, and the prospects of regional transitional justice and reconciliation policy in Africa.
In addition to teaching in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria, Chris participates and sits in on regional and international technical working groups on labour and migration as well as water. His opinion pieces are occasionally published on OpenDemocracy, the Nordic Africa Institute Forum and other media outlets.
Before joining GovInn, he lectured at the Zambian Open University and was Associate Consultant with the National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA) in Lusaka, Zambia. He also consulted with local, business and government departments and international organisations.
Chris works in all of GovInn’s four axes with a particular focus on Trans-boundary Governance.
- Informal cross-border trade
- Regional integration (Eastern and Southern Africa and Southeast Asia)
- International migration
- Networks of ethnic entrepreneurs and grassroots non-state actors
- Trans-boundary governance
- Social Cohesion
- Governance of the commons
- 2014-2019 — Regions from Below: Informal Cross-border Trade and Regional Integration in the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite initiative
- 2015-2017 — The Potential for Regional Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Policy in Africa
- 2012-2013 – Regional international migration and its impact on the South African labour market: data, policies and livelihoods
See some of Chris’s publications at