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Dr. Maria Ayuk

Bonn SDG Fellow



Bonn SDG Fellowship

Address: Römerstraße 164, D-53117 Bonn

Room: 3.022 









Dr. Maria Ayuk focuses on peace and security related issues in Africa. She holds a Global Studies from the University of Leipzig, Germany, where she focused on the political economy of peacebuilding in Africa, examining the Nigerian Government Amnesty Programme in the Niger Delta region. She is a member of the Research Academy Leipzig and the DAAD Africa Alumni Network. She is an accredited member of the FemWise-Africa (Network of African Women in Conflict Prevention and Mediation) under the Peace and Security Architecture at the African Union Commission. Previously, she worked as a Consultant with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Bonn for the initiative on Sustainability, Stability, and Security in Africa ("3S" Initiative). Before joining CASSIS, Dr. Maria Ayuk served as a research fellow with the Africa Center for Transregional Research, Arnold Bergstraesser Institute, the University of Freiburg, where she conducted her research on Racism in Germany. She also worked as a Research Assistant under Professor Dr. Andreas Mehler at the Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institute, the University of Freiburg, to organize a Cameroon conference on the "Legacies for Violence and Prospects for Peace in Cameroon".

Research Interest

Peace and Security | Security Sector Reform | African Political Economy | Climate Change | Migration

Selected Publications

The Political Economy of the Nigerian Government Amnesty Program in the Niger Delta Region, 2009 – 2018. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Leipzig, 2020

J. Ndumbe Anyu and M. Enow Ayuk. The Role played by Diplomacy in the Resolution of the Bakassi Conflict. International Journal of Social Science and Economic Research, Vol.1, Issue.10, 2016

Security Sector Reforms and its Implications on Cameroon. UPeace Africa Policy Series Vol.2. No.1.March 2015

Rethinking Security Threats in the Central African Region: A Case of the Republic of Cameroon. UPeace Africa Monograph, Vol. 2. No. 2. September 2015

Selected Research Projects

Research Project "A Comparative Analysis of the Initiative for Sustainability, Stability and Security in Africa (3S Initiative) and the Euro-African Dialogue on Migration"

The focus of this research is to present a comparative analysis between the "3S" Initiative and the Euro-African Dialogue on Migration to demonstrate the extent to which these initiatives have addressed climate-related security risk as well as migration and how they have impacted cooperation between Europe and Africa.

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