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Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood

Dr Okafor-Yarwood's research to date has generated critical insights around the blue economy, environmental justice, human security, maritime governance, and security. She brings a critical lens to the concept of sustainable development in relation to the management of marine and other natural resources and challenges the dominant assumptions on the areas of security, environmental justice, and maritime governance.

Her multidisciplinary research combines empirical (indigenous epistemologies), doctrinal, historical, and theoretical analysis to investigate the complexities that shape environmental justice, maritime and natural resource governance and security in Africa.

She is continuing to advance the understanding of sustainability as a question of resource management, environmental justice, and the disproportionate effects of depleting resources on security, poverty, and inequality.


  • 2019–present
    Visiting Fellow, National Defence College, Abuja, Nigeria
  • 2020–present
    Lecturer, University of St Andrews
  • 2016–2019
    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


Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA); PEW Marine Fellow (2023)