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EDUCATION
University of Sheffield (Sheffield, UK)
Ph.D. Urban Studies & Planning, expected 2020
Dissertation: “I am a Human Being”: Tracing Blackness, the Human, and Magic in Children’s Embodied Spatial Experiences and Practices in Nima, Accra

Columbia University
M.Sc. in Urban Planning; Masters in International Affairs, May 2010

University of Missouri
B.A International Studies (African & Latin American Studies); B.A. Journalism, May 2006

RESEARCH & TEACHING INTERESTS
(West) Africa and African Diaspora; colonialism and (de)coloniality; Black feminism; race, space and place; children’s geographies; embodiment; affect; creative methods and methodologies (in research design, analysis, and writing)

HONORS & AWARDS
2020 IJURR Foundation Studentship (1 year)
2019 Postcolonial Studies Association Student Grant
2019 American Planning Association International Division Student Grant
2019 University of Sheffield Postgraduate Research Experience Program (PREP) Bursary
2017 University of Sheffield Faculty of Social Sciences Doctoral Fellowship (3 years)
2009 Columbia University SIPA Graduate Research and Teaching Award (1 year)
2008 Columbia University GSAPP Graduate Student Award (1 year)
2001 University of Missouri Undergraduate Award (2 years)

TEACHING
2020 Graduate Student Tutor, University of Sheffield, Masters in Urban Design Research Thesis
2018 Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Sheffield, Masters in Urban Design Studio (Cairo, Egypt)
2018 Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Sheffield, Principles of Research Design
2017-2020 Teaching Assistant, University of Sheffield, Urban (Hi)Stories

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2015-2018 Urban Policies Specialist (Accra, Ghana)
Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)

2014 Senior Communications Specialist (Accra, Ghana)
Abt Associates / USAID West Africa Trade Hub

2011-2014 Technical Advisor / Communications Manager (Accra, Ghana)
Relief International / Ghana Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Project

2011 Research Assistant (Accra, Ghana)
Accra Creative City Project

2009-2010 Graduate Student Researcher (Kaduna, Nigeria) / Research Intern  (Accra, Ghana)
Columbia University Earth Institute: Millennium Cities Initiative

2009 Urban Planning Intern (Abuja, Nigeria)
Abuja Technology Village

CONTACT
v.okoye(at)sheffield(dot)ac(dot)uk

Twitter: @_ogoegbunam_