Jacob Udo-Udo JacobVisiting Scholar
Jacob’s research interest is located at the intersection between communications, conflicts and peacebuilding with particular reference to Nigeria, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2016 he led the implementation of the US Embassy Nigeria’s CVE project on Peace Journalism that provided training for Nigerian journalists covering the Boko Haram insurgency. From August 2015 to December 2016 he led the Interactive Radio Instruction component of the USAID-funded Technology Enhanced Learning for All (TELA) project that reached over 22,000 mainly out-of-school-children displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in Northeast Nigeria. His recent documentary film, Michika is an oral history exposition of the Boko Haram invasion and post-conflict peacebuilding in the former Boko Haram held Michika, in Northeast Nigeria, produced with funding from the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives. In 2014, he led a research project on Mobile Phone Blackouts and Counterinsurgency Operations in northeast Nigeria, as part of the ICTs & Governance in Africa project of the Programme on Comparative Media Law & Policy at Oxford University and the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, with grant support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Jacob has worked at the American University of Nigeria since 2013 as faculty, program Chair and as Dean. He earned his PhD in Communications Studies from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. Prior to Leeds, he studied at the Richardson Institute for Peace and Conflict Research, Lancaster University, UK and at the University of Uyo in Nigeria. He is published in international peer-reviewed journals, including War and Society, Stability International Journal of Security and Development, Media and Communication, etc. His new book Convincing Rebel Fighters to Disarm: UN Information Operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (2017) is published by DeGruyter.