Robtel Neajai PaileyDr. Robtel Neajai Pailey

London, UK; Monrovia, Liberia; Washington, DC, USA


Occupational Information

Occupation: Academia

Occupational Position: Senior Researcher at the University of Oxford's International Migration Institute (IMI)

Professional History

Dr. Robtel Neajai Pailey is a Liberian academic, activist and author of the critically acclaimed anti-corruption children’s book, Gbagba.  With over a decade of combined professional experiences in Africa, Europe and North America, she has worked across a broad range of fields supporting universities, governments, NGOs, media institutions, regional and multilateral organisations. Robtel’s core areas of research expertise include migration, development, citizenship, diasporas, transnationalism, conflict, post-war recovery, governance, and the political economy of aid, trade and remittances. An increasingly sought after thought leader and public scholar, she has provided expert commentary for radio, television, print and online media across the globe. In 2015, Robtel was listed by the Financial Times as one of ‘25 Africans to Watch’. She also has a personal website with publications, media engagements and other information.


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


2010 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow