2019/20 Second Term


Efobi Uchenna

Efobi Uchenna is a faculty of the College of Business and Social Sciences, Covenant University, Nigeria. He is also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy and Development Research - Covenant University. He completed his PhD in 2017, with a research focus on International capital flow and financial regulations in Africa. His current research interest is in the field of development economics, and sustainable development, and the emphasis is on Africa.

Ifeanyi Onwuzuruigbo

I am Dr Ifeanyi Onwuzuruigbo, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. My research interest focuses on African development but particularly peace and conflicts issues. The topic of my research at MIASA is Anti-Grazing Laws, Agrarian Conflicts and Sustainable Rural Transformation in Nigeria’s Middle Belt. Essentially, the study seeks to interrogate the nexus of the laws, the management of herders and farmers conflicts and their implications for sustainable rural development in the Middle Belt of Nigeria.

Peter Narh

Peter Narh is a sustainability social scientist, and a Research Fellow at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon. He holds a PhD in Development Studies, from the University of Bayreuth in Germany. His research and teaching interests lie in conservation infrastructure and governance, citizen social science, and sustainability in agriculture in Africa. Currently, he is conducting research on these themes with food and cash crop farmers, and cattle herders in various regions in Kenya and Ghana.

Melina Kalfelis

My research project investigates the potentials and risks of extra-legal governance by vigilante groups of Koglweogo in Burkina Faso. The project pays particular attention to questions on moral controversy, social trust and local perceptions of justice and thereby aims to contribute to the MIASA-program’s focus on “sustainable conflict management” in rural communities.

Michael Jacobson

I am a professor of Forest Resources in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Penn State. I teach forest economics, global agricultural systems, agroforestry and international forestry. Research and extension programs include forest finance and taxation, agroforestry, bioenergy, invasive species, and land restoration. I have over 30 years of international experience mainly in Africa. I am a Global Fellow at Penn State, an extraordinary professor at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, and Director of the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Initiative in Africa.

Lisa Hoffmann

Since October 2016, I am a Research Fellow and PhD Candidate at the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies and the University of Hamburg in Hamburg, Germany. I received my M.Sc. in Politics, Economics & Philosophy at the University of Hamburg and my B.Sc. in Business Administration and Economics at Goethe-University Frankfurt. My research interests include the economics of religion, corruption, and social conflicts in the context of large-scale land acquisitions. Between 2017 and 2020, I have conducted field research in Ghana, Kenya, Liberia and Tanzania.

John Boateng

Since 2003, Dr. John Boateng has pursued research in Agricultural and Extension Education related areas when he enrolled as PhD student in Demography and Extension Education at the Pennsylvania State University. He has terminal Degrees and backgrounds in Agricultural Sciences – Crop Science, Soil Science, Horticulture, Agricultural and Extension Education and Project Management. He defended his Ph.D. thesis in 2006.