Akpabio, Emmanuel


  • 72 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
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Personal profile


Emmanuel Akpabio is a geographer (graduated with a 1st Class Hons, 1999) by training, and holds a PhD through a split-site arrangement with Lancaster University, funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, UK (2004-2006). He has a broad area of specialization in Environmental and Resource Management with specific emphasis on water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH), and science-policy interface. He is a lecturer in the Department of Geography and Natural Resources Management, University of Uyo (https://www.uniuyo.edu.ng/), Nigeria. He was a British Academy Visiting Fellow to Newcastle University, UK (2008). He was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (AvH) and served as a Senior Researcher with the Centre for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany (2011-2012). He was awarded a Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship and served as a visiting Professor with the Disaster Prevention and Research Institute (DPRI) Kyoto University, Japan (2013-2015). He was a Visiting Research Associate, African Studies Centre, University of Oxford (July-August 2014). He is currently a MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE Fellow, Department of Geography and Environmental Science, University of Dundee, working on a collaborative project, on science-policy interface, with John Rowan (Vice Principal Research, Knowledge Exchange and Wider Impact-nhttps://www.dundee.ac.uk/geography-environmental-science/staff/profile/john-rowan.php), in partnership with the Scottish Government Water Industry Team (under the European Union Horizon 2020 project scheme). Emmanuel Akpabio is actively involved in research and has several publications (http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6105-1782). One of his publications titled 'Water meanings, Sanitation practices and Hygiene behaviours in the Cultural mirror: a perspective from Nigeria' was awarded the Water Institute (North Carolina, USA) Prize in 2012. Emmanuel Akpabio was a Director in the Executive Board of the International Water Resources Association (IWRA: 2013-2015) and served as one of the members in the International Scientific Steering Committee for the XVth World Water Congress held at Edinburgh, United Kingdom (2015) (http://worldwatercongress.com/committees/). He is one of the editorial board members of the Society and Natural Resources Journal (SNR) (2017-2020).

External positions

Member, Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) Alumni Advisory Panel

Sep 2019Sep 2021

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Nigeria Social Sciences
sanitation Earth & Environmental Sciences
water Earth & Environmental Sciences
river basin Earth & Environmental Sciences
science ethics Social Sciences
water supply Earth & Environmental Sciences
water resource Earth & Environmental Sciences
social ethics Social Sciences

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Research Output 2003 2018

  • 72 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
  • 22 Article
  • 3 Paper
  • 3 Working paper
  • 2 Chapter
environmental policy
7 Citations (Scopus)
92 Downloads (Pure)

The geography of yam cultivation in southern Nigeria: Exploring its social meanings and cultural functions

Obidiegwu, J. E. & Akpabio, E. M., 1 Mar 2017, In : Journal of Ethnic Foods. 4, 1, p. 28-35 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

The nexus of water and socio-spatial inequality in sub- Saharan Africa: legacies, strands and agenda for research

Akpabio, E., Udofia, E. S. & Takara, K., 13 Sep 2017, 2 ed., Newcastle upon Tyne and Buenos Aires,: Waterlat Gobacit Network, p. 41-77, 38 p. (WATERLAT-GOBACIT NETWORK WORKING PAPERS, “Water politics and management: findings from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America”; vol. 4, no. 2).

Research output: Working paper

Open Access
cultural system
planning conception
2 Citations (Scopus)
capacity building
water storage

Activities 2006 2018

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH)-Understanding Policy and Practice (UPP)

Emmanuel Akpabio (Organiser)
17 Dec 2018

Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - public lecture/debate/seminar

Public Engagement on WaSH-UPP at Dundee

Emmanuel Akpabio (Speaker)
26 Oct 2018

Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - public lecture/debate/seminar

Evidenced-based policies in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) for Nigeria

Emmanuel Akpabio (Organiser)
20 Dec 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Troubled Waters Workshop

Emmanuel Akpabio (Invited speaker)
13 Jul 201815 Jul 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Society & Natural Resources (Journal)

Emmanuel Akpabio (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity