My research interests include the political ecology of fisheries and wildlife crime. With a background in environmental science, gender and development and maritime security, my research has focused on understanding the nature of fisheries crime, transnational organised maritime crime and how issues of politics, justice, equity and geography shape people’s access to fisheries and other maritime resources in the Gulf of Guinea.
I completed both a BSc in Botany and Environmental Science and a PgD in Gender Studies at the University of Buea (UB), Cameroon followed by an MA in Conflict and Peace Studies at Coventry University, UK. My MA thesis examined stakeholder involvement in the governance of coastal fisheries resources in Cameroon. I later pursued a PhD at Coventry University’s Centre for Trust Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR), focusing on maritime security’s role in fisheries governance in the Gulf of Guinea. My research examined the drivers of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and fisheries crime and the implications of global and regional maritime security governance arrangements on subnational response and collaboration.
At the WildCRU and collaborating with colleagues at Saïd Business School, I will bring economic and geopolitical understanding of web-based trade in donkey skins and parts, and evidence of the associations between this trade and other illegal wildlife trade. Particularly, drawing from the notion of conservation geopolitics, this work aims at analysing the geographical patterns, trade networks including economics and political factors influencing the donkey skin trade from Africa to China.