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Conflict Security and Development Group,
School of Social Science and Public Policy,
King’s College London,

Areas of Research and Policy Interest

  • The United Nations/ regional organisations (especially ECOWAS) peace and security
  • Women, peace and security
  • Security sector governance, reform and transformation
  • Security and health
  • The developmental state paradigm 
  • The role of the state in development
  • Agriculture and industrialisation in development processes


Educational and Professional background

Dr Eka Ikpe is a Research Associate with the African Leadership Centre (ALC)/ Conflict Security and Development Group (CSDG). She heads the ALC Fellowship Programmes, where she also contributes to teaching and mentoring. In addition, she currently edits the CSDG publication series, Comments on Africa, the ALC publication series Leadership Issues in Africa and manages its seminar series. She also manages the ALC/ CSDG women, peace and security working group and state and society research theme and co-manages the leadership and peacebuilding research theme. Eka has researched and published on a range of issues in the fields of development economics and security and development. These include: the role of the state in economic development; agriculture, industrialisation and economic development; state fragility; donor-aid policy; peacebuilding; ECOWAS, peace and security; youth vulnerability and exclusion; security sector reform/transformation; European Union-Africa relations; and women, peace and security. She is most recently co-editor of Women, Peace and Security: Translating Policy into Practice, published in 2011 by Routledge.
Eka has participated in a range of knowledge transfer and policy influencing projects including: 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 (EARN); and 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 holds a PhD in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Her thesis is titled “Agriculture the means to an Industrialisation end: Lessons from the Developmental State Paradigm, with reference to Nigeria?” The thesis finds the DSP wanting and puts forward a new framework: the Enhanced Developmental State Paradigm (EDSP) that is designed to engage more fully the experiences of non-industrial developing economies. Eka also holds a BA Economics from the University of Leeds and MSc Economics, with reference to Africa, from SOAS. 


Major Publications


Ikpe, E. (Forthcoming) Lessons for Nigeria from developmental states: The role of Agriculture in Structural Transformation in Fine, B., Saraswati, J. and D. Tavasci (eds) Beyond the Developmental State: Industrial Policy into the 21st Century, London: Pluto Press.

Olonisakin, F. and Ikpe, E. (Forthcoming) “The United Nations Peacebuilding Commission: Problems and Prospects” in Curtis, D. and Dzinesa, G. (eds) Peacebuilding in Africa, Colombus: Ohio State University Press.

Olonisakin, F., Barnes, K. and Ikpe, E. (eds) (2011) Women, Peace and Security: Translating Policy into Practice, London: Routledge.

Ikpe, E. (2011) “Nigeria and the implementation of UNSCR 1325” in Olonisakin, F., Barnes, K. and Ikpe E (eds) Women, Peace and Security: Translating Policy into Practice, London: Routledge.

Olonisakin, F. and Ikpe, E. (2011) “Conclusion” in Olonisakin, F., Barnes, K. and Ikpe E (eds) Women, Peace and Security: Translating Policy into Practice, London: Routledge.

Ikpe, E. (2011) “ECOWAS, Women and Security” in Olonisakin, F. and Okech, A. (eds) Women and Security Governance in Africa, Oxford: Pambazuka Press.

Ikpe, E. (2010) Security Sector Transformation beyond the State: the Economic Community of West African States in Bryden, A. and Olonisakin, F. (eds) Security Sector Transformation Africa, Geneva: Lit Verlag.

Olonisakin, F. with Ikpe, E. and Badong, P. (2009) “The Future of Security and Justice for the Poor: A ‘Blue-Sky’ Think Piece”, prepared for UK Department for International Development, CSDG Policy Studies Papers No. 21.

Ikpe, E. (2008) “The Relevance of the Developmental State Paradigm in an Era of Globalisation” Paper delivered at International Initiative for the Promotion of Political Economy (IIPPE) Workshop, Procida, Italy, September 2008.

Ikpe, E. (2008) “The Africa EU-Africa Strategy: The Reality of Treating Africa as One”, CSDG Comments on Africa No. 4.

Ikpe, E. (2008) Enhancing Oversight of the Security Budgeting Process: Training Seminar for Liberia's Legislators and Security Agencies December 2008 CSDG Paper No. 18.

Ikpe, E. (2008) Enhancing Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector: Training Seminar on Comparative Experiences of SSR January 2008 CSDG Paper No. 10.

Ikpe, E. (2007) “Challenging the Discourse on Fragile States”, Conflict, Security and Development Journal, 7:1.

Ikpe, E. (2007) Enhancing Capacity for Security Sector Governance and Oversight: Training Seminar for Liberia's Parliamentarians October 2007 CSDG Paper No. 9.

Ikpe, E. (2007) Enhancing the Security Oversight Role of Liberia's Parliamentarians: Findings of an Interactive Needs Assessment  June 2007 CSDG Paper No. 8.

Picciotto, R., Alao, C., Ikpe, E., Kimani, M. and Slade, R. (2005) “Striking a new balance: Donor Policy Coherence and Development Cooperation in Difficult Environments” Background paper commissioned by the Learning and Advisory Process of the Development Assistance Committee of the OECD, January 2005 http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/31/62/34252747.pdf

Ikpe, E. (2005) Study of Linkages from the MDGs to Country Implementation in Health: Uganda and Rwanda Health, Nutrition and Population Discussion Paper: MDG Oriented Sector and Poverty Reductions Strategies by Mick Foster October 2005