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Nayanka Paquete Perdigão is currently the head of the ALC Peace and Security Fellowship programme and convenes the annual ALC Africa Debates. She is also a Research Associate with the African Leadership Centre (ALC). Prior to this, she was a Research Assistant with the Conflict Security Development Group (CSDG), also at King’s College London.

Nayanka was educated at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) where she gained a BA in Politics and Development, and she holds an MSc from the London School of Economics (LSE) in Urbanisation and Development. Nayanka also holds a MRes in Political Science, also from the LSE. She holds a doctorate in Leadership Studies with reference to Security and Development from King’s College London. Her PhD thesis completed in May 2020 was titled: Leadership and State-Building in Guinea-Bissau: Binding and Unbinding Mutuality in State and Society Relations.

Nayanka has published peer-reviewed articles in the ALC Africa Comments Series and the ALC COVID-19 Op-ed Series. She has also organised and overseen numerous academic conferences and symposiums.

Nayanka has lived in several developing countries and is fluent in English, French, Portuguese and Guinea-Bissau Creole. She has commented on development, peace, and security issues for Lusophone and Francophone Africa on Radio France International and Al Jazeera. She was also a Guinea-Bissau freelance contributor for The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

She is involved in a number of on-going ALC research projects. She was part of the Cote d'Ivoire research team on the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) funded project, ‘Reframing Narratives of State-building in Africa: The role of Political Settlements in Peacebuilding and State-building', which will be published as part of a special issue in the Conflict, Security & Development journal in April 2021.


  • State formation and elite bargains
  • Colonial legacies and conflict in Lusophone and Francophone Africa
  • Leadership as process approaches to peace-building

Further details

See Nayanka's research profile