Dr Michael Nwankpa is the Founding Director / Director of Research at the Centre for African Conflict and Development in London. He holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Roehampton. His main research area is the nexus between conflict and development, including the concept of a human rights-based approach to development. His other research interests relate to counterinsurgency, counterterrorism, foreign and security policy, and African security.
He has published several articles on Boko Haram and conflict in Nigeria generally. Dr Nwankpa is the co-author of the seminal work on Boko Haram entitled ‘The Boko Haram Reader - From Nigerian Preachers to the Islamic State’, published by Hurst and Oxford University Press in 2018. He is currently writing his second book on Nigeria’s militarised democracy.
He teaches students registered on Liverpool John Moore University’s (in partnership with Unicaf) online master’s degree programme in International Relations. Additionally, he supervises PhD students registered with Unicaf University. Dr Nwankpa held two prestigious fellowships at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University, and at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, University of Maryland.