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Dr Eka Ikpe is a Senior Lecturer in Development Economics in Africa and the Deputy Director of the African Leadership Centre at King’s College London.

Eka's research provides a critical understanding of socio-economic transformation processes and outcomes with a focus on African contexts that advances concept-building based on in-depth understanding of empirical realities 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. 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 has participated in a range of policy influencing projects supporting the work of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the Economic Community of West African States, UK Ministry of Defence and UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Africa and the UK Department for International Development (now the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office). She has commented on development, peace and security issues to BBC World News, BBC Radio 4, Al Jazeera and Radio France International.

She 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. She is also a member of the research advisory group for Women for Women 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 Interests

  • Agriculture, energy, industrialisation and economic development
  • Conflict, peacebuilding and development
  • Developmentalism in Africa and Asia
  • Regionalism, development and security




Further details

See Eka's research profile