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Innocent Batsani Ncube

Postdoctoral Researcher 


Innocent recently completed a PhD in the Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS, University of London. His thesis is a multi-sited ethnographic study of Chinese government-funded, constructed and maintained parliament buildings in Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe.

His broad research explores the nature and effect of the interaction of African states, African economies with state, business and nonprofit actors from China, India and Brazil.  He is interested in understanding whether Africa’s relationship with these actors from the global South are potentially transformative, or again playing out in dependent form.  

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). 

Prior to the PhD, he managed civil society projects that sought to 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 being the Founding Executive Director of the Contemporary Affairs Foundation (CA-F). 

Innocent’s postdoctoral research activities for the African State Architecture project includes conducting archival research and in-person interviews for a mini documentary on the Chinese government funded parliament building in Zimbabwe, turning PhD research into academic publications and organising a practitioner workshop for early career urban planners and architects.