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The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn)

Professor Lorenzo Fiaramonti and Doctor Bruno Losch

This Centre is Africa’s first research institution entirely dedicated to governance innovation. GovInn specialises in environmental governance, alternative economic development, sustainable regional integration, low carbon economy, and governance of the commons, which includes natural resources, food, energy and climate research. Since 2009, GovInn has been coordinating international research projects on global development policies, multilateral governance, regional integration processes, and measurement of economic performance. GovInn currently runs multiple projects, including coordinating the WE-Africa network providing alternative models to growth and development that focus on well being rather than economic indicators; the Afgroland project, which focuses on the changes in agro-food-energy systems in Africa; and an NRF funded seven year project on informal cross-border trade and regional integration in the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite.

Globally, GovInn collaborates with the Ecologic Institute in Berlin, the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Brazil, the John Hopkins University in the US, and the School of Environmental Studies at the University of East Anglia.

GovInn currently hosts three masters students and seven PhD students, as part of its research team. They are:


Koen Dekeyser 

PhD student


Sylvia Graham 

Masters Student


Neil Kasselman 

Masters Student


Prince Mashele 

PhD Student


Mpumelelo Mkhabela 

PhD Student


Dikeledi Mokoena

PhD Student


Phuti Moyaha

Masters Student


Ruth Murambadoro

PhD Student


Leon Mwamba

PhD Student


Nompumelelo Runji

PhD Student



GovInn has been housed at the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship since 2014. 

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