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Portsmouth colleagues appointed as Fellows to prestigious Society in Nigeria

Two University colleagues have been recognised for their work, as the University signed a new Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Ibadan, one of the oldest and most respected universities in Africa.

Tony Chafer and Edward Stoddard from the School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature were recently invested as Fellows of the Nigerian Society for Peace and Security Practice (SPSP).

The Society is based at the University of Ibadan, and promotes non-violent approach to conflict resolution through research and advocacy for peace. Tony and Ed’s fellowships are a recognition of their academic work on security in the region for over ten years.

University of Portsmouth academics Tony Chafer and Edward Stoddar with counterparts from the University of Ibadan

Their appointments coincided with a new Memorandum of Understanding signed between the University of Ibadan and the University of Portsmouth. It’s hoped that the closer relationship between the two universities will foster initiatives such as joint research, student exchange programmes, and collaborative academic programmes.

A seminar coinciding with the launch was an opportunity to hear about the wide ranging scholarship from the body, including on French policy in the western Sahel, harmful cultural practices and women’s rights, hybridity in warfare and the ‘Boko Haram’ insurgency.

Colleagues at Ibadan are keen to put in joint funding applications with colleagues at Portsmouth, for example to the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund or other funders looking to promote collaboration with African universities. To find out more, contact Ed Stoddard or Tony Chafer.

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