Dr Obert Hodzi

Senior Lecturer in Politics Politics


Personal Statement

Obert Hodzi joined the University of Liverpool in September 2019. He is an International Relations scholar focusing on international politics, conflict and security, and non-Western emerging powers in global governance with empirical expertise in China and Africa.

He holds a PhD in Political Science from Lingnan University, Hong Kong, an MA in Democratic Governance and Civil Society from Osnabrück University, Germany and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Zimbabwe.

Prior to joining the University of Liverpool, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He has been a visiting researcher at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Nordic Africa Institute, Renmin University of China and the African Studies Centre at Boston University. He also worked for international and regional organisations in Zimbabwe, Kenya and Germany on democratic governance and transitional justice projects – and he is admitted as a Legal Practitioner in the High Court of Zimbabwe.

Obert co-edits democracyinafrica.org; and is a board member of the Chinese in Africa/African in China Research Network.

Dr. Obert Hodzi invites students interested in graduate and doctoral studies in areas including:

Foreign policy analysis (particularly of emerging global and regional powers in the Global South); global governance; conflict and security; China-Africa relations; politics in Africa and human rights.