Dr Christopher Changwe Nshimbi (@csn_chris) is Director and Research Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn), University of Pretoria. He holds a PhD from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (Japan). Besides teaching and supervising postgraduate research in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria, Chris also sits on regional and international technical working groups on labour & migration, the integrated water sector, social protection & wellbeing. Chris is the Founding Secretary General of the African Studies Commission of the International Geographical Union, member of the Steering Committee of the Southern African Development Community Basic Income Grant (SADC BIG) Campaign and a member of the African Borderlands Research Network (ABORNE). His opinion pieces are occasionally published on The Conversation Africa, OpenDemocracy, and other popular media outlets. In 2017, Chris acted as an advisor for the Informal Advisory Group to the High-Level Panel on International Migration (HLPM) in Africa.
Water resource management, social cohesion, the informal economy, border, regional and sub-regional integration, migration.
Regional integration, African Politics & Regions, States & Governance, Political Dynamics
- Nshimbi C. C. and Moyo, I. (Eds.). 2017. Migration, Cross-Border Trade and Development in Africa: Exploring the Role of Non-state Actors in the SADC Region. Palgrave Studies of Sustainable Business in Africa. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-55399-3.
Chapters in Books
- Christopher Changwe Nshimbi & Inocent Moyo. 2018. Informal Immigrant Traders in Johannesburg: The Scorned Cornerstone in the Southern African Development Community Integration Project. In Adebusuyi Adeniran, Lanre Ikuteyijo (eds.) 2018. Africa Now!: Emerging Issues and Alternative Perspectives. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-62443-3. pp 387-413.
- Nshimbi C.C. 2018. Rethinking Regional Integration for Development and Eradication of Poverty in Africa: The Missing Link. In: Oloruntoba S., Falola T. (eds.) 2018. The Palgrave Handbook of African Politics, Governance and Development. Palgrave Macmillan, New York https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-349-95232-8_39). pp 645-650.
- Innocent Moyo, Christopher Changwe Nshimbi, and Trynos Gumbo. 2018. Migration, Logics of Inclusion and Exclusion and Xenophobia: The Case of African Migrants in Post-Apartheid South Africa. In Magidimisha, H. H. et al. 2018. Crisis, Identity and Migration in Post-Colonial Southern Africa. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing AG. pp 91-110.
- Christopher C. Nshimbi, Innocent Moyo, and Trynos Gumbo. 2018. Between Neoliberal Orthodoxy and Securitisation: Prospects and Challenges for a Borderless Southern African Community. In Magidimisha, H. H. et al. 2018. Crisis, Identity and Migration in Post-Colonial Southern Africa. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing AG. pp 167-186.
- Nshimbi C.C., Moyo I. 2017. History, Trends and Dynamics of Cross-Border Movements and Trade in the SADC Region. In: Nshimbi C., Moyo I. (eds) Migration, Cross-Border Trade and Development in Africa. Palgrave Studies of Sustainable Business in Africa. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.
- Mercandalli S., Nshimbi C.C., Moyo I. 2017. Mozambican Labour Migrations, Remittances and Development: Evidence, Practices and Implications for Policy. In: Nshimbi C., Moyo I. (eds) Migration, Cross-Border Trade and Development in Africa. Palgrave Studies of Sustainable Business in Africa. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.
- Moyo I., Nshimbi C.C. 2017. The Tenacity and Lasting Reality of Cross-Border Movements and Trade in the SADC Region. In: Nshimbi C., Moyo I. (eds) Migration, Cross-Border Trade and Development in Africa. Palgrave Studies of Sustainable Business in Africa. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.
- Nshimbi, Christopher C. 2017. Whither East Africa? A Critical Review of Changing Economic Balances in the Region. In MISTRA: Changing Economic Balances and Integration in 'Africa Rising'. Johannesburg: Real Africa Publishers, 115-153.
- Nshimbi, C. C. 2017. Harnessing diverse migrant and remittance flows for development. In: Mercandalli, S., Losch B. (eds.). Rural Africa in motion. Dynamics and drivers of migration South of the Sahara. Rome: FAO and Cirad, p. 26-27.
- Nshimbi, C. C. and Moyo, I. 2016. “Europe: Whither the Fortress between the Mediterranean and Africa”, In Ahmed, A. (Ed.). World Development Outlook 2016: Europe at the Crossroads. Evergreen Publishers, 2016.
In reffered, peer-reviewed journals
- Innocent Moyo & Christopher Changwe Nshimbi. 2017. Of Borders and Fortresses: Attitudes Towards Immigrants from the SADC Region in South Africa as a Critical Factor in the Integration of Southern Africa, Journal of Borderlands Studies, https://doi.org/10.1080/08865655.2017.1402198
- Christopher Changwe Nshimbi. 2017. Life in the Fringes: Economic and Sociocultural Practices in the Zambia-Malawi-Mozambique Borderlands in Comparative Perspective, Journal of Borderlands Studies, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08865655.2017.1300780.
- Christopher Changwe Nshimbi. 2017. The Human Side of Regions: Informal Cross-border Traders in the Zambia-Malawi-Mozambique Growth Triangle and Prospects for Integrating Southern Africa, Journal of Borderlands Studies, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08865655.2017.1390689.
- Christopher Changwe Nshimbi & Inocent Moyo. 2016. Human trafficking legislation in the Southern African development community region: An overview, Journal of Trafficking, Organized Crime and Security, 2 (2), pp.157-170.
- Nshimbi, C. C. and Moyo, I. 2016. Visible and invisible bordering practices: The EU-African migration conundrum and spatial mobility of borders, World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, Vol. 13 Issue: 4, pp. 300–314, 2016.
- Nshimbi, C. C. 2016. Networks of Cross-border non-State Actors: The Role of Social Capital in Regional Integration, Journal of Borderlands Studies, Volume 30, Issue 4, pp. 537-560, 2016.
- Nshimbi, C. C. and Fioramonti, L. 2014. The Will to Integrate: South Africa’s Responses to Regional Migration from the SADC Region, African Development Review, Vol 26, No S1, pp. 52-63.
Referred working papers and reports
- Christopher Changwe Nshimbi. 2017. Harnessing diverse migrant remittance flows for development. In Mercandalli, S. & Losch, B., eds. 2017. Rural Africa in motion. Dynamics and drivers of migration South of the Sahara. Rome: FAO and CIRAD. pp 26-27.
- James Thuo Gathii, Kimberly Burnett, Chris Changwe Nshimbi and Caroline Dommen. 2017. The Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) in Africa – A Human Rights Perspective. Geneva: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Addis Ababa: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa • African Trade Policy Centre. ISBN: 978-3-95861- 859-6.
- Nshimbi, C. C. and Fioramonti, L. 2016. Regional Migration Governance in the African Continent. Current state of affairs and the way forward. Bonn: Stiftung Entwicklung und Frieden (sef:)/Development and Peace Foundation. sef Study. Bonn. November 2016.
- Mercandalli, S. and Nshimbi, C. C. 2016. Migration Dynamics: Contrasted Patterns, Diversity and Potential. In Pesche, D., Losch, B. and Imbernon, J. (eds.), A New Emerging Rural World. An Overview of Rural Change in Africa, Atlas for the NEPAD Rural Futures Programme, Second Edition, Revised and Enlarged, Montpellier, Cirad, NEPAD Agency, pp. 22-24, 2016.
Selected Research Grants and Projects
- Department of Science and Technology-National Research Foundation (South Africa): research grant for the project “Regions from Below: Informal Cross-border Trade and Regional Integration in the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite initiative” (2014-2019).
- Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS), Addis Ababa University/ Friedrich Ebert Stiftung-African Union (FES-AU): Migration Dialogue Platform Based on “African Voices from the Ground” project. Team Member and Principal Investigator for South Africa and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region (May 2017 – 2019).
- Erasmus+ Programme – Jean Monnet Activities: grant for “Africa-EU relations, migration, development and integration (AEMDI)” project (November 2017 – May 2019).
- Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA): research grant for the project “The potential of regional transitional justice and reconciliation policy in Africa”, Principal Investigator (Co-Principal Investigator: Dr Cori Wielenga), (2015-2017).
- Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)/United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)/Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), Geneva: “Human rights impact assessment (HRIA) of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) agreement relating to employment”, Team Member and Lead Consultant on Impacts on Informal Cross-Border Traders. (June 2016-June 2017).
- European Union (EU)/ International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD): “Formulation of the Action Document on strengthening institutional mechanisms for migration management in the Southern African/ Indian Ocean region”, (October 2016 - June 2017).
- Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA): funding to examine changes and emerging trends in East Africa in the “Changing Economic Balances in Africa” project (Report title: Regional trends and changing economic balances in Africa: whither East Africa?) (October 2014 – November 2016).
- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ): research grant for the project “Regional Migration Governance on the African Continent: Current state of affairs and the way forward” (Co-Principle Investigator: Prof. Lorenzo Fioramonti), (March – September 2016).