School of Social and Political Science

Dr Cyril Obi

Job Title

Honorary Fellow



Cyril Obi is a program director at the Social Science Research Council, New York, where he leads the African Peacebuilding Network (APN) and (since September 2018) the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program(s).

After completing his doctoral studies in political science at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, he joined the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Lagos, Nigeria, and became an associate research professor in 2004. That same year, Dr Obi was awarded the Claude Ake Visiting Professorship at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at the University of Uppsala, Sweden.

From 2005 to 2011, he was a senior researcher and led the research cluster on “Conflict, Displacement and Transformation” at the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) in Uppsala, Sweden. He has received numerous prestigious international academic awards and fellowships.

Dr Obi is currently a research associate of the Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa; and was an adjunct professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY).

Dr Obi is Series Editor of the Routledge Studies in Peace, Conflict and Security in Africa. He is a recipient of a 2020 International Studies Association (ISA) Distinguished Scholar Award (Peace Studies Section).