interview | December 13, 2017

Life as an APN Alumnus: An Interview with Dr. Abosede Babatunde

The Social Science Research Council’s African Peacebuilding Network (APN) had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Abosede Babatunde, an APN alumnus (Individual Research Grant 2016) and lecturer at the Center for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ilorin, Nigeria. The interview was conducted at the Social Science Research Council, Brooklyn, New York on June […]

Dr. Abosede Babatunde at the 2017 African Studies Association Annual Meeting
Dr. Abosede Babatunde at the 2017 African Studies Association Annual Meeting
Cross-posts | November 22, 2017

Moving the Battlefields: Foreign Jurisdictions and Environmental Justice in Nigeria

This is a cross-post from Items, a Social Science Research Council digital forum that renews and reimagines the Council’s former newsletter as a space for engagement with our work and with the social sciences more generally. Ebunoluwa O. Popoola was a Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa fellow in 2012. After six decades of oil production […]

Oil spill at Goi Creek, Nigeria, August 2010
Oil spill at Goi Creek, Nigeria, August 2010
Research and Practice | October 11, 2015

Development and Justice in the Polluted Waterscape of the Niger Delta

“Narratives of resource control and ownership in the Niger Delta have not adequately addressed its water crises, especially with respect to a newly emergent neoliberal water market, social justice, and development; instead, most studies of the region have focused on oil. This essay, therefore, draws on a four-year ethnographic study in the region to examine how the emergent water market, driven by an ‘invisible hand,’ reconfigures contours of social justice and development in the affected communities.”

Photo credit to Victor Ogbonnaya Okorie (2014). Used with author's permission.
A polluted well in the Niger Delta that has been sealed off by the government.
Radar | November 5, 2014

Post-amnesty Niger Delta: Current and Emerging Security Threats

“[A]s both national and international observers and policymakers focus on northeast Nigeria, they must not ignore signs of the possible recurrence of conflict in the Niger Delta region. Another full-scale insurgency in the Niger Delta could drive the Nigerian state closer to the cliff. The current threats are the same as those that led to the last phase of insurgency, and they serve as signposts indicating that, if effective action is not taken, insurgency will come again—it is just a matter of time.”

Photo credit to Flickr user shawnleishman. Taken on March 21, 2008 at Lekki Market, Lagos, Nigeria. This picture is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 (originally licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0). Original image cropped to fit webpage. Original photo:
A Nigerian man poses at a market.
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