Innocent is a Graduate Teaching Assistant on the State in Politics in Africa module. His research interests are in African politics, Africa’s International Relations and African political thought.
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.
Before coming to do his PhD at SOAS, Innocent was an African politics, democracy and governance programme specialist. This included being the Founder and Executive Director of the Contemporary Affairs Foundation; project leader of two United Nations Funded Fellowships for youth leaders; political party strategist during the Zimbabwe Constitution making process and a constitution drafting team member of the Pan African Universities Debating Council (PAUDC).
Earlier in his career he was a high school History and English Language teacher, a community radio station licensing advocate, campaign manager for a candidate running for a council seat in Bulawayo and a socio-political commentary performance poet.