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Innocent Batsani Ncube

PhD Candidate

Innocent is a political scientist from Zimbabwe. 

He has over 16 years' experience managing national and regional civil society projects that promote political participation and civic engagement. 

His career highlights include serving twice as project manager for the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) funded civic projects and Founding Executive Director of the Contemporary Affairs Foundation (CA-F). 

Innocent is a recipient of the Chevening Scholarship which supported his MSc studies at Royal Holloway, University of London.


He earned his BA in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of South Africa (UNISA). 

Innocent’s doctoral research is a multi-sited ethnographic study of Chinese-funded parliament buildings in Lesotho, Malawi and Zimbabwe.


He explores the ways in which the funding and construction of African parliament buildings by China impact the symbolic and substantive things that parliaments express and do. He specifically focuses on why China is involved, how the construction projects unfolded, how the buildings look, how they work, how they are used and what citizens make of them.