Congratulations to the winner of the 2022 Nancy "Penny" Schwartz Student Travel Grant


Abiola Victoria Ayodokun is a PhD candidate in the Gender Studies Program at the Institute of African Studies, at the University of Ibadan. Her research interests include peace and conflict and environment with special interest in gender and environment. She holds professional certificates in Gender Equality and Energy as well as Urban Crime and Violence Prevention from the World Bank Online Certification program.


Co-founder of Epot Integrated Concept Ltd, a research consulting and research logistics provider in Nigeria, Abiola currently works as a research fellow with French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA-NIGERIA). She is also the deputy project manager on a project called Nigeria Watch which generates an online database on violent deaths in Nigeria. Abiola is also a participant in the Institute of Charted Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC), an associate member of the Society for Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP), a member of the Peace and Security Working Group (PSWG) and the International Practitioner Network Every Casualty.


Abiola will present two papers at the ASA Annual Meeting:

  • On November 17th at 8 am - 9:45 am, she will present “Mapping the Trends and Trajectories of Human Ritual Killings in Nigeria” at the Spirituality and Social Evolution panel, and

  • On November 17th at 10:15 am - 12 pm, she will present “Deification of Trees and other Forest Resource: Strategy for Environmental Conservation in Oke-Ogun Area of Oyo State, Nigeria” at the Landscapes of Ecological Governance & Conservation panel.

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