About Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob
Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob is the Dean of Graduate School and Research at the American University of Nigeria (AUN). He returned to AUN in August 2021 from Dickinson College in the US, where he was a Visiting Professor in International Studies (2017-2021). At Dickinson, he helped create a new graduate program in Managing Complex Disasters and led the College’s Bridge Program for refugees - an initiative that provides an educational opportunity to young people from regions of the world experiencing conflict and natural disasters—and for whom higher education would otherwise be impossible. He was an Adjunct Professor of Media in War & Peace at the Department of National Security and Strategy at the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
An expert in strategic communication in contexts of war and peace, Jacob has provided expert consultation and policy advice to a range of governmental and international organizations including the World Bank, USAID, and the UN's Department of Peace Operations. He led an international academic team to revise the UN’s policy on public information and strategic communication in support of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) of combatants and co-drafted the revised Public Information and Strategic Communication Module of the UN’s Integrated DDR Standards. He is presently working on a set of policy and operational guidelines on the promotion of voluntary exits from non-state armed groups in the Lake Chad Basin for the UN's Department of Peace Operations.
He is a member of the Research Advisory Council of the Researching Solutions to Violent Extremism (RESOLVE) Network at the US Institute of Peace where he co-leads RESOLVE’s methodological and ethical guide on violent extremism research. His regional focus is on West, Central, and East Africa. He is the author of ‘Convincing Rebel Fighters to Disarm: UN Information Operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo’ (De Gruyter, 2017). His recent book, ‘Transactional Radio Instruction: Improving Educational Outcomes for Children in Conflict Zones’ (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2020) explores lessons from a US government-funded education intervention in northeast Nigeria
Jacob is the co-founder and chair of the Research Group on UN Media and Peace Processes (RUNMAPP). RUNMAPP aims to address research, practice, and policy gaps in UN media during complex peace-building and peacekeeping processes. Notably, in 2018, RUNMAPP organized the first multi-stakeholder forum on the transition of UN peace operations radio stations, in collaboration with Fondation Hirondelle and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy in Geneva, Switzerland. Also, in 2020, RUNMAPP worked with the UN's OROLSI to revise the Public Information and Strategic Communication module of the IDDRS. Visit here to see some of RUNMAPP's recent events.
Jacob chairs the oversight committee of the Atiku Institute – the humanitarian/development and research agency of the American University of Nigeria. He holds a PhD in Communications Studies from the University of Leeds, and an MA in Peace Studies from Lancaster University, UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
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