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Geopolitics of maritime governance and security in Africa and its impact on the future of Africa's sustainable development agenda.

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My research has generated critical insights across several key areas, including the blue economy, environmental justice, human security, maritime governance, and security. I take a critical approach to the concept of sustainable development, particularly concerning the management of marine and other natural resources. In doing so, I challenge prevailing security, environmental justice, and maritime governance assumptions.

My research approach is inherently multidisciplinary, blending empirical investigations, indigenous epistemologies, legal analysis, historical perspectives, and theoretical frameworks. This comprehensive approach allows me to explore the intricate factors shaping environmental justice, maritime and natural resource governance, and African security dynamics.

I continue to advance a deeper understanding of the intricacies of ocean sustainability, development, and criminal activities. These matters are intertwined with questions of resource management, environmental justice, and the disproportionate impact of resource depletion on maritime security, poverty, and inequality.

Research overview

Synergies between Indigenous practices and scientific knowledge in practicalising closed season in Ghana’s small-scale fisheries.

In my capacity as a 2023 PEW Marine Fellow, with the valuable support of a PhD researcher, our ongoing research centres on investigating the gender-specific impacts of conservation measures in West Africa. Specifically, we are scrutinising the effects of fishing closed seasons in Ghana. We aim to ascertain how integrating traditional knowledge, practices, and scientific methods can pave the way for a more equitable conservation policy in West Africa.

Simultaneously, as an oceans governance and maritime security consultant, my current engagement spans various policy-oriented projects. These include exploring women's participation in fisheries, an in-depth analysis of the challenges they confront, and formulating strategies to enhance their ability to leverage the opportunities arising from the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA). Additionally, I'm actively reviewing the geopolitical interests in maritime security in Africa, the role of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in maritime security and the intersection of gender, women, peace, and security agenda within the maritime context.

Research interests

I am keenly interested in researching ocean governance and maritime security in Africa. My current research focus encompasses various areas:

  1.  Geopolitical interests in maritime security.
  2. The role of technology in enhancing maritime security
  3. Gender-specific aspects and impacts of maritime governance and security
  4. Historical ecological knowledge and practices in marine conservation
  5. Interactions between the blue economy and maritime security discourses
  6. Maritime boundary disputes and their impact on sustainable development in Africa

These research areas collectively reflect my overarching interests in contributing to a comprehensive understanding of maritime security and governance in the African context.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Nigeria in the context of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the Gulf of Guinea: human and national security dimensions of maritime security, KINGS COLLEGE LONDON

14 Oct 20148 Mar 2019

Award Date: 1 Jun 2019

Master of Arts, Maritime security threats in the Gulf of Guinea, KINGS COLLEGE LONDON

5 Oct 20128 Aug 2013

Award Date: 6 Jan 2014

External positions

Advisory Committee Member, Asia-Africa BlueTech Superhighway Project, World Fish Centre

15 Sept 202330 Jun 2030

Women, Peace and Security Advisor (maritime), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) Nigeria

19 Dec 202231 Jul 2023

Visiting Research Fellow, National Defence College, Abuja

9 Oct 20199 Nov 2021


  • JZ International relations
  • GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography


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