Robtel Neajai PaileyRobtel Neajai Pailey PhD


Liberia

 

Occupational Information


Job Title: Assistant Professor in International Social and Public Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Professional History


Robtel is a Liberian academic, activist, and author of the award-winning anti-corruption children’s books, Gbagba and Jaadeh!, and the monograph Development, (Dual) Citizenship and Its Discontents in Africa: The Political Economy of Belonging to Liberia (Cambridge University Press, 2021). In her role as Assistant Professor in International Social and Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science, she conducts research on race, citizenship, 'South-South' migration and development cooperation in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Her university biography states that she has more than 15 years of combined personal and professional experiences at the intersection of scholarship, policy, and practice in Africa, Europe, and North America, where she has worked across a broad range of fields supporting universities, governments, media institutions, multilateral, regional, non-governmental and community-based organizations. Robtel has expertise in the political economy of development, migration, citizenship, conflict, post-war recovery, and governance.

In 2018, she was one of two winners of the 3rd annual International Anti-Corruption Excellence (ACE) Awards. In 2015, Robtel was listed by the Financial Times as one of 25 Africans to Watch. A thought leader and public scholar, she has provided expert commentary for radio, television, print, and online media across the globe. She has also been published in Africa Policy Journal. Her personal website is filled with publications, media engagements, and other information.

She has been an Ibrahim Leadership Fellow at the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) and Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Oxford's Department of International Development (ODID).

Qualifications


BA African Studies (Howard University)
BA English Literature (Howard University)
MSc African Studies (University of Oxford)
PhD Development Studies (SOAS, University of London)

Programs


2010 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow


 Additional Tags: Education, Early Learning, Child Care, Development, Governance, Political Economy, Trade, Publications, Media

Featured News

Norman Smit
02 August 2022

2015 Tutu Fellow Dr Kopano Matlwa Mabaso has started a new role as Senior Program Officer, Health, Africa at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Kopano is a public health physician and novelist and the Founding Executive Director of the Grow Great Campaign, which seeks to achieve the goal of zero stunted growth among children in South Africa by 2030.  

At the Gates Foundation, Kopano says that together with colleagues in the Africa team she hopes to strengthen and advance the Foundation's regional and continental health portfolio, with a focus on primary health care and health systems strengthening.

Norman Smit
01 August 2022

In her Tutu Talk, titled The Activist-Scholar: Navigating the promises and pitfalls of policy-making, 2010 Tutu Fellow Robtel Neajai Pailey PhD speaks about her commitment to building progressive politics in her country and influencing public discourse and policy-making processes.

TutuTalks are a series collaboration between the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation and the African Leadership Institute, and it is a platform for African leaders who embody the values and ethics displayed by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu throughout his life of service.

Norman Smit
14 July 2022

2018 Tutu Fellow Edzai Zvobwo has been appointed an Expert Contributor to the High-Level Panel on Emerging Technologies - APET - at the African Union's Development Agency, NEPAD. In 2016, African heads of government instructed NEPAD to establish a system to obtain expert contributions on matters of technology development and acquisition for economic development.

Edzai's role in the team will be to meaningfully research, analyze and present findings around emerging technologies and their potential benefit on the African continent.

Norman Smit
14 July 2022

In this Tutu Talk, 2011 Tutu Fellow and Ugandan peace activist Victor Ochen is using his voice of courageous leadership to champion the protection of rights of children and promote the culture of peace and tolerance.

Born in northern Uganda, he spent 21 years amidst violent conflict that displaced over three million people. More than 60,000 people - including his own brother - were forcefully abducted and recruited as child soldiers.

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