Researcher biography

As part of the prerequisites for pastoral ministry in the Catholic Church, I studied for my Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Sacred Theology at the Seminary of Saints Peter and Paul, Ibadan, Nigeria (an affiliate of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and Pontifical Urban University, Italy) from 1997 to 2005 respectively. However, following my desire to reinvent myself as a scholar in conflict and security studies, I went to the University of Glasgow, Scotland in 2014 to complete a MSc in Global Security on a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship, jointly sponsored by the University and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID). As one of the top five percent of students in the program, my final dissertation was entitled “‘The Other Islamic State’: A State-Centred Explanation of Boko Haram Insurgency in Nigeria’, and I graduated with distinction in December 2015.

Philip's principal advisor is Associate Professor Jacinta O'Hagan.