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Clement Sefa-Nyarko

Lecturer in Security, Development and Leadership in Africa, King's College London

Dr Clement Sefa-Nyarko is a Lecturer in Security, Development and Leadership in Africa, at the African Leadership Centre at King's. Clement is both an academic and international development practitioner with over a decade’s experience in designing, managing and leading several projects in Africa and the Asia Pacific.

His expertise includes design thinking and application of methodological innovations to research and evaluation of programmes in almost all social and political contexts in Africa, especially Ghana, Kenya, South Sudan and Nigeria.

Clement’s areas of interest include natural resource governance, political theories of the state, social protection, security, and leadership. He has produced several knowledge products in the form of policy briefs, reports, public presentations, book chapters, and peer reviewed papers in high impact international journals.

Clement obtained his doctoral degree from La Trobe University in Australia, where he focussed on a critical appraisal of the natural resource curse discourse using political theory analyses. Clement has completed two MA degrees, on Population Studies and Conflict, and Security and Development obtained from King's and the University of Ghana. He completed his BA in Sociology with Study of Religions.


  • 2023–present
    Lecturer, King's College London
  • 2019–2023
    PhD Candidate, La Trobe University
  • 2015–2020
    Research Manager, Participatory Development Associates


  • 2023 
    La Trobe University, Doctor of Philosophy in History
  • 2015 
    University of Ghana, Master of Arts in Population Studies
  • 2013 
    Kings College London, Master of Arts in Conflict, Security and Development
  • 2011 
    University of Ghana, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology


  • 2022
    Institutional Design of Ghana and the Fourth Republic: On the checks and balances between the state and society, Third World Quarterly, 48(8), 2006-2224.
  • 2022
    The liminality of institutional design of petroleum governance in Ghana: Political will, political settlements and contentions as defining factors, Energy Research & Social Science, 92, 102799.
  • 2020
    Ethnicity in Electoral Politics in Ghana: Colonial Legacies and the Constitution as Determinants , Critical Sociology (
  • 2016
    Civil War in South Sudan: Is It a Reflection of Historical Secessionist and Natural Resource Wars in “Greater Sudan”?, African Security, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 188-210
  • 2016
    Competing Narratives of Post-independence Violence in Ghanaian Social Studies Textbooks, 1987 to 2010, In D. Bentrovato, K. V. Korostelina, M. Schulze "History Can Bite", pp. 61-84
  • 2015
    History Production after undemocratic regime change: The impact of competing narratives of Ghana’s post-independence violence on political stability, Strife Journal, Issue 5, pp. 20-27,