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Dr Eka Ikpe

Director, African Leadership Centre

  • Reader in Development Economics in Africa

Research interests

  • Conflict
  • International development
  • International relations
  • Security

Biography

Dr Eka Ikpe is Director and Reader (Development Economics in Africa) at the African Leadership Centre at King's. Her research offers a critical understanding of socio-economic transformation processes which advances concept-building that centres spaces in Africa and parts of the Global South across the fields of economic development and peace and security.

Current themes of interest include, developmentalism, industrial development and structural transformation, peacebuilding, post-conflict reconstruction and the economic costs of conflict and creative economies. Her research has been funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council-Global Challenges Research Fund, the Economic and Social Sciences Research Council, Carnegie Corporation of New York and the International Development Research Centre.

Eka is Co-Editor of Peace, Society and the State in Africa and African Perspectives of Leadership and Peacebuilding (Bloomsbury Press) and on the editorial boards of Africa Development, African Security Review and Journal of Leadership and Developing Societies. She is on the Research Advisory Committee of Women for Women International.

Eka's research has supported the work of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the Economic Community of West African States, UK Ministry of Defence, UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Africa, UK Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee and the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (formerly DFID). Eka has commented on development, peace and security in Africa for BBC World News, BBC Radio 4, Al Jazeera and Radio France International.

Eka 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.

Research

  • Developmentalism in Africa and Asia
  • Industrial development and structural transformation
  • International/regional political economy dynamics and development
  • Peacebuilding, conflict, security and development

Teaching

Undergraduate

Postgraduate

Further details

See Eka's research profile

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      News

      New Africa-Europe Clusters of Research Excellence launched

      The Department of Culture, Media and Cultural Industries will co-lead one of the new research clusters.

      core

      Providing mental health support in peace efforts helps alleviate PTSD and depression

      New study shows group counselling and one -on-one peacebuilding activities improve mental health in Nigeria

      Children in Nigeria impacted by armed conflict

      Carnegie Corporation invests in Africa's future research and impact leaders

      Major grant won by African Leadership Centre for ongoing research

      Africa Research Forum 2023

      New podcast on African fashion launches

      The 'Africa Fashion Futures' podcast provides an opportunity to hear from academics and industry experts about the fascinating world of African fashion. 

      Africa fashion futures podcast logo

      King's part of new Africa-Europe Clusters of Research Excellence (CoRE)

      Twenty research Clusters of Research Excellence (CoRE) have been created to bring together researchers from Europe and Africa, to transform collaboration in...

      The team at the Africa-Europe Clusters of Research Excellence (CoRE) event

      Collective climate action needed, King's experts tell London Climate Action Week

      As part of London Climate Action Week, King’s experts demonstrated the value of partnership to address policy gaps and improve climate change adaptation plans.

      London Climate Action Week 2022 graphics

      IWD 2022: Women leading the way within SSPP

      The Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy has its research endeavour entirely led by women and four women academics from the faculty have just been...

      SSPP's title and a montage of images relevant to the faculty's teaching and research

      DfID no more – King's global briefing calls into question motives behind the merger

      Three prominent voices in international development have raised concerns about the recently announced merger of the UK’s Department for International...

      Busy African city street

      Four New PLUS Alliance Fellows in SSPP

      Four colleagues in SSPP have been appointed as Fellows of the PLUS Alliance, a partnership of three universities including King's College London.

      The Earth from space

      Sharing learning and expertise on leadership

      Updates from the African Leadership Centre's partnership activities in Somaliland, Ethiopia and Kenya.

      The African Leadership Centre meets with the Institute of Development (IDS), University of Nairobi

      Events

      08MarPicture2

      Supporting Creative Women Entrepreneurs in Lagos

      This is a documentary film screening that will be followed by a panel discussion by the project partners, filmmakers and researchers and a Q&A sessio

      07MarSilhouette of soldiers army military

      African agency and the use of private military and security forces

      A roundtable discussion on how African leaders have used foreign military and security forces to advance their political and economic interests.

      04Marun-npt

      Keynote: Is African Agency for sale, for hire or self-renewal? How can Africa shape the UN Summit of the Future?

      An open debate among academics, diplomats and policy practitioners.

      07MarAfrica Week 2024

      Keynote: High level panel on the role of multilateral organisations in projecting Africa's agenda on the global stage

      Leading African policy decision makers and practitioners will examine how robust and tangible Africa has been in exercising its agency in global affairs.

      30Janman-at-airport

      'Japa': the role of social media in an out-migration trend in Nigeria

      In this ALC research seminar, Dr Damilola Adegoke discusses his new paper on out-migration trends in Nigeria.

      Please note: this event has passed.

      28NovNigeria

      Book launches: 'Rage and Carnage in the Name of God' and 'Religion, Public Health and Human Security in Nigeria'

      A double book launch on 'Rage and Carnage in the Name of God' and 'Religion, Public Health and Human Security in Nigeria' with the author of the books,...

      Please note: this event has passed.

      04OctUganda 780 x 440 antoine-pluss-MsKv6HCQ0F0-unsplash

      Book discussion: Ugandan agency within China-Africa relations

      Hybrid seminar presentation on a book titled ‘Uganda Agency within China-Africa Relation: President Museveni and China’s Foreign Policy in East Africa’...

      Please note: this event has passed.

      06MarCOVID and RBC

      Keynote: Global Public Health and Innovation in Africa

      This keynote will examine the significance of African scientists' development of a COVID19 Vaccine in Nigeria in response to the pandemic.

      Please note: this event has passed.

      28Novafrica research promo

      Africa's influence on changing peace and security landscapes: reflection for policy, practice and scholarship

      Hear from Dr Comfort Ero, President and CEO of International Crisis Group (ICG).

      Please note: this event has passed.

      18OctOil Rig 780x440 shutterstock_469457198

      The transitional complexities of petroleum governance in Ghana

      Clement Sefa-Nyarko will discuss drivers of governance frameworks in Ghana with an emphasis on the petroleum sector.

      Please note: this event has passed.

      Features

      Nigeria elections: the surprising influence of Afrobeats music on politics

      In the run-up to Nigeria’s February 2023 elections, the country’s younger generation has mobilised to demand change and redefine the political landscape – and...

      Wizkid at Rolling Loud in Toronto, Canada. Mac Downey/Flickr photo

      Could COVID-19 present opportunities for revitalising manufacturing in Africa?

      Despite the immense challenges the COVID-19 pandemic brings, it also presents opportunities to strengthen industrial development in the African context.

      ALC Factory in Nigeria

      Black History Month 2020: Resisting oppression, structural barriers and attainment gaps

      In conversation with Professor Anne Pollock and Dr Eka Ikpe of the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy for Black History Month 2020

      BHM 20 updated hero sized image

      Trading beyond Brexit: is the UK ready?

      Experts from King’s College London give their views on the UK’s current position and look at the challenges the UK faces in relation to securing its place...

      shipping-containers-1096829_1920

      IWD 2020: Celebrating Eka Ikpe

      For International Women's Day this year, we celebrate Dr Eka Ikpe and explore her experiences as an African woman, researcher and Senior Lecturer at King’s.

      cheering