What are you currently researching?
My project explains the differences in how governments respond to activities of armed groups like Boko Haram in Nigeria and Al-Shabab in Kenya.
I argue that patterns in government responses can be understood in terms of how public resources are distributed. A main component of my work involves understanding which domestic populations demand what government responses and how and when government responses conform to local demands and expectations within different areas of countries affected by insurgency or political violence.
What attracted you to this area of research?
My sub-Saharan African background provided me with first-hand knowledge of conflict, political violence and insurgency. Other relevant work as well as academic experiences in North America and Africa have shaped my thinking.
How will your research improve or have a wider impact on society?
My research targets stakeholders such as students, practitioners, policymakers, government officials, non-governmental organizations and more, and provides insights into the practice of providing security as a public good to local populations affected by political violence and conflict.
I suggest other desirable ways to improve provisions of security that are based on local demands and expectations.
What do you hope to do career-wise, long term?
I want to teach students and conduct research in an academic setting. I intend to offer consultation to governments and non-academic institutions.
What are your top three tips to prospective students on the most effective way to approach research and keep stress levels down?
- Research ideas and topics are not constant and can be refined from time to time. Keep an open mind to your topic of interest by reading widely.
- Be confident in sharing and discussing your ideas or thoughts to peers, friends, family and faculty members.
- Engage in social activities that help you relax and mingle with others while maintaining good sleep and proper eating habits.
What resources are available at LSE to help young researchers?
LSE provides various training on methodology and/or methods through several courses especially within the Methodology Department that are helpful for research.
The library is well stocked and if a book is needed but unavailable, students can request for its purchase without difficulty.
The PhD Academy provides important one-on-one coaching sessions such as advice on writing a dissertation.
My department provides an orientation session to new students that gives an overview of the doctoral program and requirements toward student progression. Students are free to approach faculty members for academic advice.
What do you enjoy most about studying at LSE?
I like the flexibility to choose courses from different departments to advance my research. I enjoy attending various events and workshops on campus which host speakers from different academic and non-academic backgrounds. I enjoy walking along the Thames River to get to campus.