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Eka Ikpe is a Senior Lecturer in Development Economics in Africa. She holds a BA in Economics from the University of Leeds, MSc in Economics (with reference to Africa) and a PhD in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. 

She has participated in a range of policy influencing projects including:

  • contributing to a UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on an Africa Report on UK Trade with Africa in a Post-BREXIT era
  • co-authoring a research study on security and development in the Sahel for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  • training of UK Ministry of Defence staff on conflict in Nigeria
  • training of Liberian legislators on security sector reform oversight
  • contributing to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Conflict Prevention Framework and co-authoring the Women Peace and Security Action Plan
  • participating in the European Union-Africa Research Network
  • co-authoring a background document for the UK Department for International Development proposed framework for support to security and justice provision to the poor.

Eka is a Fellow of the PLuS Alliance – a tripartite education, research and policy impact partnership across King’s College London, University of New South Wales and Arizona State University. She is on the Advisory Committee for 'Understanding and supporting creative economies in Africa: Education, networks and policy research network' (funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)). She is also on the editorial review board of the Journal of Leadership and Developing Societies.

Eka is a member of the Association for the Advancement of African Women Economists, International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy and the African Security Sector Network.


  • The state and development
  • Peacebuilding and development in Africa
  • Developmental states in Africa and Asia
  • Agriculture, energy, industrialisation and economic development
  • Development planning
  • Foreign direct investment
  • Regionalism, development and security
  • Post-conflict reconstruction
  • State fragility and donor-aid policy
  • Security sector reform/transformation
  • Women, peace and security
  • Mine action and peacebuilding

Eka is co-investigator of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Global Research Challenges Fund project, 'A clear road ahead – Developing a combined technological and socio-economic approach to freeing affected communities from anti-vehicle landmines'. She is also co-investigator on the Carnegie-funded research project, 'Future peace, society and state in Africa'.




Further details

See Eka's research profile