Dr. Ayokunu Adedokun

Affiliated researcher

Research group(s):
4. Governance and institutions
5. Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Sustainability Transitions

Ayokunu Adedokun ('Ayo') joined the United Nations University-MERIT in the Netherlands as a PhD Fellow in 2012 and graduated in 2016. His research broadly focuses on the interaction of economic development, political institutions, and civil war; and the role of international community and domestic actors in post-conflict peace building. His research interests also include the political economy of development; foreign policy analysis, democracy, accountability, good governance and political change. His regional focus is sub-Saharan Africa. His research is mainly based on qualitative comparative case studies.

Prior to joining UNU-MERIT, Ayo completed a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in International Development from Oxford University, United Kingdom as a Clarendon Scholar. Before that, Ayo earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Lagos, Nigeria as a Chancellor Scholar. He has broad professional working experience in both the public and the private sectors. Ayo also has valuable working experience with multilateral development organisations. He received the prestigious World Bank Group Fellowship Programme for PhD students of African descent in 2014. The fellowship is given to highly qualified and motivated PhD students of African descent, who are committed to African development, have demonstrated outstanding academic and professional achievement, as well as effective teamwork and leadership potential. During the fellowship period at the World Bank headquarters in Washington DC, Ayo contributed to analytical and project works. In particular, he was in charge of the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Newsletter on Fragility, Conflict and Violence. Ayo was also nominated as part of the World Bank, European Union and United Nations scoping mission to Ukraine on humanitarian recovery and post-conflict needs assessments (PCNAs) between September and October 2014. Ayo also gathered fieldwork experience in Mozambique from May 2015 to October 2015.

During the course of the PhD project, Ayo tutored in the Master’s Programme in Public Policy and Human Development at UNU-MERIT and acted as supervisor and/or second reader for Master’s theses on topics of international development. Equally, he served as a supervisor for a couple of undergraduate theses at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS), Maastricht University. Ayo is a member of the research school at the International Peace Research Institute Oslo, Norway (PRIO), as well as a member of the Oxford Network of Peace Studies (OxPeace), University of Oxford, UK. He is also a member of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) and the International Studies Association (ISA). 

Apart from work, Ayo enjoys cooking, travelling, watching documentary movies and socialising with friends. Believe it or not, he is also a good dancer.

Selected publications by Ayokunu Adedokun