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Chukwumerije Okereke

Professor of Global Climate and Environmental Governance, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike

Chukwumerije Okereke is a global climate policy specialist and a Professor of Global Climate and Environmental Governance and Director of Center for Climate and Development at Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike Nigeria

Previously he was a Professor of Environment and Development at the University of Reading where he also served as the Co-Director of Climate and Justice Centre and the Leverhulme Climate Justice Doctoral Scholarship Programme. Before joining Reading University, he was a Senior Research Fellow and Head of Climate and Development Centre at the Smith School Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford, respectively. He remains a visiting fellow at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute (ECI).

Professor Okereke’s work is devoted to understanding the mix of policies, strategies, and institutional arrangements that can help to address climate change and natural resource degradation in Africa in the context of sustainable development and Africa’s structural economic transformation. He brings a unique perspective that emphasises connection across scales of governance – from local through national to international dimensions. He has extensive experience in managing complex projects in the interface of governance, climate mitigation, adaptation, and low carbon development in various locations in Africa and around the world. Professor Okereke adopts a rigorous and methodical approach to the delivery of projects, which integrates stakeholder engagement, communication, innovation, effectiveness analysis, monitoring and evaluation, and climate change mainstreaming

Areas of Interest:
Broadly, the governance of climate change and links with international development and global political economy. Particularly:

The governance of climate adaptation and low carbon development in Africa
Ethical dimensions of global environmental and climate governance- e.g. the role of equity and justice in environmental regimes
The business of climate and environmental governance - e.g. the climate impact of business and corporate strategies for responding to climate change


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Environment and Development, University of Reading