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Victor Ogbonnaya Okorie

Victor Ogbonnaya Okorie

Senior Lecturer, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

Victor Ogbonnaya Okorie holds a joint PhD in development and anthropology, as well as a M.A in cultural anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. He also holds a Master of Philosophy in agricultural extension and rural sociology and a Bachelor of Agriculture from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, where he currently is a Senior Lecturer for both undergraduate and graduate courses. He is a recent recipient of an African Peacebuilding Network individual research grant (2014) sponsored by the Social Science Research Council, and a former fellow of the World Council of Social Science (2013-2014).

Okorie's current research activities interrogate how embodied risks and uncertainty associated with disasters manifest medically as emotion-related illnesses such as pre-disaster anxiety disorders, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety among vulnerable populace in West Africa.  He also explores the nexus between various methods of knowledge production and public uptake of scientific information in the context of disasters and risk reduction.


  1. Athayde, S.; J. Dutka-Gianelli; S. Lambert; V. O. Okorie; M. Baudoin; and L. Yin. Developing an International Network on Indigenous Knowledge and Disaster Risk Reduction. Technical Report: Tropical Conservation and Development Program, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida. Gainesville, October 2015
  2. V. O. Okorie. Development and Justice in the Polluted Waterscape of the Niger Delta. Technical Report: African Peacebuilding Network of Social Science Research Council, New York, 2015