Dr. Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob, frsa

My teaching and research interest is located at the intersection between communications, peacebuilding, and conflicts in contemporary society, with particular reference to Nigeria (and the broader Lake Chad region), Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. I am particularly interested in how communication interventions are localized, encountered and contested in extremist and violently divided societies.  The applied area of my work involves developing and deploying contextually relevant strategic communication solutions to local and national crises and working with civil society and social movement organizations to achieve social and cultural change.

2nd Global Constructive Journalism Conference
A more Responsible Journalism for Tomorrow
Panel debate: Journalism in post-conflict societies
Date: January 18, 2019
Venue: Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies,
Geneva, Switzerland
Congressional Forum to mark the 5th Anniversary of the Chibok Schoolgirls Kidnapping 
(Hosted by Congresswoman Frederica Wilson)
Boko Haram and the attack on Education in Nigeria since Chibok
Date: April 9, 2019
Venue: 2020, Rayburn House Office Building, 
Capitol Hill, Washington DC, USA 


University of Oxford 
Media Policy Summer Institute
(Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy) 
Technology & Policy at the Margins
Inciting Peace in Times of War: Principles, Practices, and Ethics of Peace Journalism
Date: August 9, 2019
Venue: Pembroke College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
The Bechtel Lecture
Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues
Panel on: 
Environmental Scarcity and Instability in the West African Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin
Date: April 2, 2020
Venue:  Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
United Nations Department of Peace Operations (DPO)/Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI)/DDR Section 

 “Research perspectives on Public Information and Strategic Communications during

Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) processes”

Date: June 25, 2020
A joint virtual event between the UN's DPO/OROLSI/DDR Section and the Research Group on UN Media and Peace Processes (RUNMAPP), at the Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM), Sheffield University.
Sheffield Hallam University International Summer School
Addressing Global Challenges to Journalism and Press Freedom
The Media in War and Peace
Date: June 24, 2019
Venue: Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, United Kingdom


The Public Information and Strategic Communication Module of the UN's Integrated DDR Standards

On Thursday June 25th, 2020, I facilitated a joint virtual roundtable consultation by the DDR Section of the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institution (OROLSI), the Department of Peace Operations, the UN United Nations and RUNMAPP. The roundtable brought academic experts together with UN policymakers and DDR practitioners from the field to explore research and theoretical perspectives on how public information and strategic communication can contribute to the DDR process.

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Transactional Radio Instruction: Improving Educational Outcomes for Children in Conflict Zones

My new book with Dr. Margee Ensign has just been released! 

Schools are one of the first institutional casualties of war. It is a lot worse when the principal belligerent is ideologically opposed to education. Pupils and teachers, school buildings, laboratories, and libraries, all become the targets of a senseless war. This has been the tragic case with the Boko Haram insurgency in Northeast Nigeria—a war that has been going on since 2009, and for many years largely ignored by Western media, governments, and policymakers. It took an attack on a girls’ secondary school in the sleepy rural town of Chibok to arouse short-lived international outrage and interest in the violence. Chibok has since remained a byword for the Boko Haram insurgency, and the 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by the insurgents have become the poster-casualties of the war. But beyond the sad faces of the Chibok schoolgirls lies a much more bizarre story.

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On the 'VIP Show' with Linord

I recently sat down with the VOA's Linord Moudou in her VIP Show to talk about a range of issues and how my background and upbringing has influenced my work.

RESOLVE Network Research on Secularism and Politics of Religion in the Lake Chad Basin

The third Annual Researching Solutions to Violent Extremism (RESOLVE) Network Global Forum at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) explored new approaches in Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) research.  I facilitated a salon discussion featuring RESOLVE Network Country Fellows and Principal Investigators from the Lake Chad region. We discussed findings from our three-country study on secularism and the politics of religion in higher education spaces.  The project covered Cameroon, Chad, and Nigeria.

To find out more and watch the entire Forum visit https://www.usip.org/events/resolve-network-2018-global-forum   

Working with women to prevent extremism using a Community Extremism Risk Assessment and Early Warning app

At-risk communities can use a new customized community extremism risk assessment (CERA) tool to systematically identify individuals that are at risk of joining Violent Extremist Organizations (VEOs). The Women Action to Combat Violent Extremism and Radicalism in Northeast Nigeria  (WACVERN) is piloting a new CERA app in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States in Northeast Nigeria to assess the likelihood of an individual getting radicalized, based on available local information. The risk factors are based on a set of characteristics demonstrated by a significant percentage of known extremist offenders in various contexts.   CERA is currently being used by local women in the three states to help build a community-level shield of resilience against radicalization.   CERA is being used along with Beliepedia (a mobile app that compares texts in the Bible and the Qur'an on some questions of shared concern between Christians and Muslims) to promote religious tolerance. 


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