Dr. Chris Changwe Nshimbi


Dr. Chris Changwe Nshimbi is Director and DST/NRF (Department of Science and Technology/National Research Foundation) Research Fellow in GovInn. He joined GovInn in 2012. His current research focuses on migration, borders, regional integration, the informal economy and water resources management.

Dr. Chris Changwe Nshimbi

In addition to teaching in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria, he also sits in on regional and international technical working groups on migration, labour, trade and water. His opinion pieces are occasionally published on THE CONVERSATION, OpenDemocracy and other media outlets.

Before joining GovInn, he lectured at the Zambian Open University and was Associate Consultant/Lecturer 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.

Research interests

  • Migration
  • Borders
  • Regional integration
  • Informal economy
  • Social cohesion
  • Water

Research projects


  • Regional Integration
  • African Regions & Politics
  • States, Governance & Political Dynamics

Research supervision

  • Honours, Master’s and PhD (Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria).


See some of Chris’s publications at
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Chris_Nshimbi and https://up-za.academia.edu/ChrisNshimbi

ORCID ID: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6245-4233

Twitter: @csn_chris
Email: chris.nshimbi@governanceinnovation.org