Georg-Arnhold-Professor 2014: Kenneth Omeje

The second Georg Arnhold Visiting Research Professor: Kenneth Omeje

Dr. Kenneth Omeje is a Nigerian social scientist based at the University of Bradford’s John and Elnora Ferguson Centre for African Studies as a Senior Visiting Research Fellow. Other academic and professional positions that he concurrently holds include Professor of International Relations at the United States International University-Africa in Nairobi, Kenya.

With over 20 years of professional academic experience, Dr. Omeje holds a Ph.D. in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford in England, a Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies from the European University Centre for Peace Studies in Stadtschlaining, Austria, and a Master of Science in Political Science (International Relations) and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He was previously a lecturer/research fellow in African Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Bradford. Dr. Omeje has a strong affinity with policy research and training. He has taken part in diverse externally-funded conflict intervention, regional security and peace education capacity-building projects in various African countries. He is a Fellow of the West Africa Institute (WAI) in Praia, Cape Verde and a member of the Scientific Committee of the United Nations-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) Africa Program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He has more than 80 publications, including books, book chapters, contributions to international encyclopedias and articles in well regarded peer-reviewed journals.

RESEARCH FOCUS

PROMOTING CONFLICT-SENSITIVE HIGHER EDUCATION IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

“It is an increasingly acknowledged fact that one of the most effective ways in which universities in countries affected by war can be functionally relevant to the everyday needs and challenges of their immediate environment is by promoting conflict-sensitive education and peacebuilding. This research explores the role of university education in fostering peacebuilding in diverse post-conflict and conflict-prone countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. Specifically, the research investigates the dominant priorities, underlying interests and strategies of conflict-sensitive higher education in the context of post-conflict and volatile societies in Africa, with the object of assessing the extent of their impact. The study will also analyze the problems and challenges associated with promoting peace education in Sub-Saharan Africa. The empirical foundation of the study includes secondary data sources as well as a raft of conflict intervention, regional security and peacebuilding projects in which the researcher has taken part across a number of conflict-prone and war-affected African coun-tries (notably Sierra Leone, Liberia, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, Kenya, Northern Uganda, Nigeria and South Sudan).”