Articles by Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood

February 8, 2023

The EU must prioritise the maritime dimension of migration from West Africa. Here's why

Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood
The EU is insistent on combatting ‘root causes’ of migration. Yet this has led it to overlook other reasons for human mobility. Niels Keijzer and Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood argue these include the threatened livelihoods of coastal communities in the Gulf of Guinea
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Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood
Lecturer in Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews

Ife's work advances an interdisciplinary understanding of oceans’ sustainability, governance and criminality as a question of resource management, environmental justice, and the disproportionate effects of depleting marine resources on inequality, poverty, and insecurity.

She has extensive field research experience with strategic maritime stakeholders and West and Central African communities.

Ife has contributed to high-level reports on ocean governance and security, gender and maritime security at the regional and global levels, and published extensively on the blue economy, fisheries governance, marine pollution, maritime security and maritime boundary delineation.

She holds a PhD in Leadership, Security and Development from King’s College London, an MA in Conflict, Security, and Development, a BA in International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, and a preparatory Diploma in Law.

She tweets @diplomaticife

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