Kathryn Nwajiaku-Dahou


Kathryn Nwajiaku-Dahou is a Glasgow-born, London raised, British-Nigerian political scientist. She is currently Director of the Politics and Governance Programme, at ODI, a leading Global Affairs Think Tank. She gained a PhD in politics and international relations from Oxford University in 2006 and has for over twenty years written and published extensively about politics and conflict in Africa about which she is a widely acknowledged expert. She is particularly interested in power of narratives to generate individual and group identities and to transform lives and political fortunes, particularly in the contexts of struggles for environmental and racial justice. 

A Black woman with braided, tied-up hair and a patterned scarf stands smiling


Is Democracy Equipped for This? Renewing civic infrastructure in a time of populism and polycrisis
This moment is one of not a single major crisis, but of many. Indeed, some thinkers have come to call this time one of “polycrisis” (“a cluster of related global risks with compounding effects, such that the overall impact exceeds the sum of each part”) or “permacrisis” (“an extended period of instability and insecurity, especially one resulting from a series of catastrophic events”).