Omeni Akali is a PhD Student in the Defence Studies Department (DSD) and will take part in the both the @KingsSSPP engages training programme and the #TheSocialManiFestival competition, part of the Social Science Showcase, in November 2013.
Hi Omeni, tell us a little bit about yourself and what brought you to King’s?
I first studied for my undergraduate at King's, as an engineering student. After graduation I returned to King's for a second time, and to the Defence Studies Department where I am now doing a PhD. It was an easy decision to come back; firstly because of the incredible experience I had during my UG studies, but also because DSD at King's is one of the leading institutions for military warfare and provides a unique academic environment for military learning at the Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC).
What are you researching on and what are your plans for the future?
My research falls into the broad areas of military counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism in Nigeria. Future plans include working closely with the Nigerian military in these areas, after hopefully gaining some post-doctoral academic experience!
What is the best thing about being based at the School of Social Science & Public Policy and in your Department at King’s?
The range of seminars, as well as support and skills courses offered via skills forge, provide an important support structure for new PhD students. The school’s programmes also offer ways to network with other PhDs from the social sciences, and offer some opportunity to present papers at conferences, for those interested. Additionally, the school is well-located, with Waterloo, the Strand and Covent Garden all fairly close by.
The Social Science Showcase is a new initiative from the School of Social Science and Public Policy with the aim to provide specially designed training to help our PhD students prepare for a future career, what are you most looking forward to in the programme?
Three things (no particular order): To improve my public speaking skills, to learn about other PhD students’ work in a relaxed environment and to network with other PhDs with similar research interests.
For more information about Omeni's research please visit this webpage (click link).