Akpabio, Emmanuel


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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, 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), 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. 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). He is one of the editorial board members of the Society and Natural Resources Journal (SNR) (2017-2020).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Member, Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) Alumni Advisory Panel

Sep 2019Sep 2021


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