SOAS University of London

SOAS PhD scholar awarded grant for Boko Haram research project

21 May 2015

SOAS, University of London PhD scholar Rev Barkindo Atta Athanasius has been awarded a grant worth $7,500 by the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy for his research project on Boko Haram.

His thesis ‘History, Memory and Resistance in Northern Nigeria: The Transformation of Boko Haram since 1995’ considers the time frame and the political events that have emerged in Nigeria since the country’s return to multiparty democracy in 1999. The focus of his work shifts the theoretical debate away from the problem of ‘cause’ or ‘emergence’ of Boko Haram to the larger debates of its ‘transformation’ into a militant group.

Barkindo said: “I am delighted to receive this award and I truly feel honoured that my project has been considered for social policy in and beyond Nigeria. Definitely, this award will help advance data collection and the analysis of the multi-evidence approach undertaken in the entire project’’.

The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy is an independent foundation and supports the advancement of research and understanding in the major fields of the social sciences. It awards grants to aspiring PhD students at the dissertation level.