Resilient Peace Staff

Chris Nshimbi joined the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation, University of Pretoria, 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 (labour) 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, Chris 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.

Work Packages


Consolidation of available research and materials on resilience in peacebuilding


Designing and writing materials to establish future grant applications


Lessons identified, lessons learned, and best practices, to be fed into future grant applications


Dissemination and communication

Institutional Affiliation