Dr. Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood

Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood holds a PhD in Leadership, Security and Development, from the African Leadership Centre at King's College London. Her doctoral research at King's College London generated critical insights on the interaction between (depleting fish stocks) Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and other maritime threats in the Gulf of Guinea, using Nigeria as a case study. The findings demonstrate that maritime security issues are undermining human security in ways that affect national/regional security dynamics in previously unforeseen ways.

She is a PLuS Alliance Interdisciplinary Researcher, a partnership between King's College London, Arizona State University and the University of New South Wales and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Ifesinachi holds a preparatory diploma in Law and a joint BA in International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies from London Metropolitan University. She also holds a Master’s degree in Conflict, Security and Development, obtained from King’s College London.


  • 2016–present
    Graduate Teaching Assistant, SSPP King's College London


  • 2019 
    King's College London, PhD in Leadership, Security and Development
  • 2013 
    King's College London, MA in conflict security and development
  • 2012 
    London Metropolitan University, BA in International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies
  • 2009 
    London Metropolitan University, Preparatory Diploma in Law


  • 2019
    Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, and the complexities of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) for countries in the Gulf of Guinea, Marine Policy 99; 414-422
  • 2018
    The effects of oil pollution on the marine environment in the Gulf of Guinea—the Bonga Oil Field example, Transnational Legal Theory
  • 2015
    The Guinea-Bissau–Senegal maritime boundary dispute, Marine Policy 61; 284–290
  • 2014
    Use of Depleted Uranium Weapons in Contemporary Military Interventions, Asian Journal of Peace-building Vol. 2; 1 111-125

Professional Memberships

  • Associate Member of the Higher Education Academy
  • Associate member, Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies