Victoria Ibezim OhaeriVictoria Ohaeri



Occupational Information

Job Title: Director of Research and Policy, Spaces for Change

Professional History

Victoria is the founder and director of research and policy at Spaces for Change [S4C], a non-profit organization based in Nigeria that conducts cutting-edge research and advocacy focusing on strategic sectors such as urban governance, gender inclusion, energy policy, and defending the civic space. In her 15 years of legal career and involvement in social and economic rights research and advocacy, she has traversed four continents: Africa, Europe, North America, and South America, leading research investigations, documenting and exposing human rights violations, formulating and analyzing social and economic policy at national, regional and international levels.

Victoria has spent the past eight years at S4C conducting rigorous research studies and policy analysis, empowering under-served communities, advising private and public institutions, speaking at high-level national and international convenings, and facilitating multi-stakeholder policy dialogues on critical social and economic justice issues. As the organization’s director of research and policy, she has led and participated in major international studies commissioned by UN-HABITAT, COHRE, MSI Integrity, Ford Foundation, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Institute for Development Studies, Fund for Global Human Rights, Energia, Women Learning Partnership, University College London’s (UCL’s) Bartlett Department of Planning Unit, Conectas, among others. She writes for numerous national dailies and also sits on the board of a number of national and international non-governmental organizations, such as Publish What You Pay International, Journalists Initiative for Sustainable Environment, Good Women Association, Legal Resource Center, etc.

Victoria is a leading member of several international networks such as Experts Hub on Anti-money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT), Solidarity Action Network (SANE), Vuka! Coalition, Publish What You Pay, Security Policy Alternatives Network, Global CSO Coalition on Counter-Terrorism Advocacy, Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform and so many others.


Bachelor of Laws, University of Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State
Post-graduate Diploma: Graduate Institute of International & Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland
LLM: Harvard Law School (Harvard University) 


2016 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

 Additional Tags: Law, Development Studies, Governance, Gender Inclusion, Energy Policy, Civic, Social and Economic Rights, Human Rights