Oka Obono

Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Ibadan, 2007. Strong cognitive, communication, leadership and person skills. Sustained teaching, research, supervision, and community service and civil society engagements in population, communication, health and policy processes, spanning 22 years’ work in six academic environments:  the University of Calabar, Nigeria (1990-8); University of Ibadan, Nigeria (1998-), Brown University, USA (2000-3), Bowen University, Nigeria (2005), Leiden University, the Netherlands (2010-1), the University of the Western Cape, South Africa (2011-2), and the National Defence College, Abuja (2007-). Supervised four PhDs and 45 MScs, published over 45 peer-reviewed scholarly publications and above 50 technical reports and monographs. Methodologist with advanced skills in qualitative and quantitative research.  Author of in-progress Manual of Methodology for Fieldwork in Africa. Keen conceptual abilities: celebrated weekly columnist and analyst of state policy in everyday contexts. Fellow of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CEPACS). Extensive engagement with civil society. Chief Evaluator of 40 civil society organizations in Nigeria/Coordinator of multilingual Dakar-based network of African researchers and monitors in 12 West African countries (2006). Extensive multi-country collaborative research, advocacy and intervention experience: Population Leadership Award of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (1996-9); Independent Scientist and Temporary Adviser to the World Health Organization (1996-).

National Consultant to PATHS (2006) to help develop a Health Strategy Document (2007-2015) for the Enugu State Government. Principal Researcher in University of Ibadan/Northwestern University collaboration’s Research Alliance to Combat HIV/AIDS (REACH); Zonal Team Leader monitoring 2006 Census (European Union); International Elections Observer and Mission Leader, International Republican Institute (2007); Independent Monitor, National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) Harmonized National Living Standards Survey (February, 2009). National consultant to Population Council (New York) and Enhancing the National Response (ENR) in designing and utilising tools for ethnographic pre-assessment in the Integrated Biological and Behavioural Surveillance Survey (IBBSS), 2009; National Consultant, World Health Organization (WHO) pre-certification international evaluation of the Nigerian Guinea Worm Eradication Programme (2010); International Consultant and Consultant Methodologist, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in design of instruments for governance monitoring in 45 African countries; Independent Scientist and Principal Investigator in WHO/APOC study of health care delivery systems in 45 African countries. Principal Investigator, Public Ownership and Behaviour Change survey for the Lagos State Government (2010). Editor of multi-country book, A Tapestry of Human Sexuality in Africa (2010). Principal Investigator (Nigeria), WHO assessment of community perceptions of delivery of essential health care services (2011) and IDRC survey of health and gender impacts of agro ecosystems transitions in Kenya, South Sudan and Nigeria.


2010 Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) Basic Course in the Protection of Human Research Subjects, awarded March, 2010.

2007 Course on Integrating Biomarkers in Social Science Research. June, 2007. Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA. June, 2007.

2000-3 Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Anthropological Demography, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

2000  Ph.D. Sociology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

1995 M.Sc. Sociology (Demography and Population Studies), University of Calabar.

1987 B.Sc. (Hons.) Sociology, University of Calabar. 


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