Eric Ndeh Mboumien Ngang

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Birmingham Law School
Doctoral researcher

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Qualifications

  • Associate Fellow (AF), Higher Education Authority (HEA)
  • Certificate of Participation, Short Course on Natural Resource Governance and Citizen Engagement, Coventry University, United Kingdom
  • Certificate of Participation, Short Course on Local Economic and Social Development in Extractives, University of Queensland, Australia
  • Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability, University of South Australia, Australia
  • BSc. in Environmental Science, University of Buea, Cameroon

Biography

My name is Eric Ngang and I am Cameroonian. My training background is in environmental management and sustainability. My research interest is in climate governance, indigenous knowledge development and use. Much of my work focuses on understanding how local communities organise and empower themselves using their local indigenous knowledge and practices (LIKP) to effectively manage their natural endowments amidst external and internal threats such as climate change. Thus, I have initiated collaborative projects on this issue and mobilised funding to implement these projects. With the experiences and lessons from this work I have made contribution at flagship events of global climate adaptation spectrum, and at various academic fora targeting diverse audiences.

I am passionate and strongly believe that if communities are given the opportunity sit on the driver’s seat of their development processes, they can better define what development they want and contribute to achieving it. Thus, I have stepped forward as a researcher and community development practitioner and continue to demonstrate visionary and inspirational leadership in citizen advocacy and not-for-profit management. I initiated several local and national organizations which are working with communities on social, environmental, economic development, and human rights initiatives across Africa. The most remarkable is the Action Group on Governance and Environmental Management (AGGEM), a community-based organisation which is gaining recognition as the representative voice in articulating the needs and interest of various beneficiary communities in Africa and carrying out impactful projects on natural resources and environmental management.

I believe in giving back and contributing to build a cadre of new generation thinkers. Thus, I have mentored many students and young professionals within the framework of as the Queen's Young Leaders Programme, Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, and the University of Birmingham Careers Network Mentoring.

I am recipient of several scholarships and fellowships that have enabled me to earn academic and professional qualifications from Cameroon, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Some of these include the Australia Awards Scholarship, Australia Awards Fellowship, and the Commonwealth Professional Fellowship. My work with local communities in Africa has earned me several awards including the 2018 African Dream Achiever’s Award, 2019 Australia Alumni Award and the runner-up of the 2020 Africa Evidence Leadership Award (AELA). I am an Alumni of the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program, the International Visitor’s Leadership Program (IVLP) and the Mandela Institute of Development Studies (MINDS).

Teaching

  • February 2021 to Present - Teaching Associate, Academic, College of Arts and Law Academic Writing Advisory Service (AWAS)
  • September 2019-July 2020 - Teaching Associate, Department of African Studies and Anthropology (DASA), College of Arts and Law, University of Birmingham
  • May 2019 - Supervising Tutor, Access to Birmingham (A2B), Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham
  • February 2019 to June 2019 - Teaching Assistant, The Birmingham Project, University of Birmingham
  • February 2016 to July 2018 - Assistant Lecturer, ICT University, Cameroon

Doctoral research

PhD title
Climate Change and Local Indigenous Knowledge and Practices in Kenya: An Analysis of Agrarian Community Responses and their Role in Formal Law and Decision-Making
Supervisors
Dr Walters Nsoh and Professor Fiona Nunan
Course
Law PhD / PhD by Distance Learning / MPhil / MJur

Research

Agrarian communities have historically developed and used Local Indigenous Knowledge and Practices (LIKP) for the sustainable management of natural resources and to enhance their wellbeing. These LIKP have been used in pest control, healthcare, soil enrichment, erosion control, species selection and conservation, development of early warning systems, and to build resilience against negative environmental changes. The local ownership and relevance of LIKP to enhance understanding of the dynamics of cultures, societies and quest for sustainable livelihoods makes it critical for climate change adaptation. However, recognition of this contribution to wider law and policy making on climate change adaptation is low. My research Interrogates how law and policy making on climate change works, who and what is involved and what enhances or constraints the incorporation LIKP using Kenya as a case study.

Other activities

  • Paper on theme Local Knowledge and Climate Change: Informing Adaptation Legislation in Western Highlands of Cameroon, Africa’s Readiness for Climate Change Forum (ARCC), UCLA African Studies Center (ASC),April 19-23 2021
  • Conference organising committee Member, Work stream on Advancing the art and science of evidence-use, 4th Africa Evidence Network (AEN) Conference, Johannesburg South Africa, 23-25 September 2020
  • Paper on Theme Policy Framework on Climate Change: consideration of Local knowledge and Practices in the Western Highlands of Cameroon, Transformation 2019 Conference at the University of Chili, Santiago Chili, 18-20 October 2019
  • Participant, Economic Justice Institute on theme Climate Change, Inequalities and Development organised by the Council for Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA) Maputo, Mozambique, 12-25 June 2017
  • Paper on theme Harnessing and valuing local and indigenous knowledge on climate change adaptation and mitigation to enhance food security for households, the case of Cameroon at the Mining and Agriculture Symposium, Kampala Uganda, 8-12 October 2014
  • Paper on theme ‘Policy Planning on Climate Change Adaptation: the place of local and indigenous adaptive capacities and knowledge‘, 3rd International Climate Change Adaptation Conference, Fortaleza (Ceará), Brazil, 12-16 May 2014
  • Paper on the theme ‘Shift from capacity building towards valuing existing capacities of local Organizations in the global south: the case of the North West Association of Development Organizations (NWADO)” Cameroon, at the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Universities Linkages Conference in Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 28 to 29 Nov 2012
  • Paper on theme ‘Projectisation’ of Governance in Africa, Its Implication to Development at the Commonwealth People’s Forum, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 22 – 29 Nov. 2009

Membership of organisations

  • Member, Mandela Institute of Development Studies (MINDS)
  • Member, British Ecological Society (BES)
  • Member, Socio-legal Studies Association (SLSA)-UK
  • Member Africa Evidence Network (AEN)
  • Member, International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP)
  • Member, Association for Research on Non-profit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)
  • Member, Association for Research on Civil Society in Africa (AROCSA)
  • Member, Royal Geographic Society (RGS) -UK

Research grants received

  • Recipient, University of Birmingham Postgraduate development fund (PGDF) to set up Environmental Law Discussion Group (£280)
  • Recipient University of Birmingham Postgraduate Research Support Fund for Field work in Kenya (£1795)
  • Recipient, National Geographic Society Explorer Grant for field work in Kenya 2020 (US$12,280)
  • Recipient, National Geographic Society Community Project Grant ($1,000)
  • Recipient, Pollination Project Grant (US$1000)
  • Recipient, 2015 Australia Awards Small grant for project to on comparative analysis of local indigenous knowledge and practices used by farmers to adapt to climate change in Cameroon, Tanzania and Zambia. (AUD$60,000)
  • Recipient, West African Civil Society Institute (WACSI) Research Grant ($2000)

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Publications

Journal articles:

  • Ngang, E., Tcheutchoua, R., Tcheunta, J., Kapmegne, S., Kumcho, E., Salla, N,. 2020, The Characterisation of Vulnerability to cholera outbreak amongst slum-dwelling populations from a WASH Perspective: The Case of the City of Yaounde in Cameroon, Journal of Advanced Studies in Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Sciences (JABE), Vol.7.Issue.4.2020
  • Abia, W., Tati, V., Ageh, M., Ngang E. 2014, Climate Change and Conventional Farm practices: perception of small-scale rural women farmers in Bome village, Momo Division of Cameroon, in Journal of Advanced Studies in Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Sciences (JABE), Vol.1.Issue.1.2014
  • Ngang, E. & Abia, W 2015, Community Water Management Schemes: An option for sustainable water-for-all-in North-West region of Cameroon amidst climate change and population growth, Journal of Advanced Studies in Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Sciences (JABE), Vol.2.Issue.4.2015 (Oct-Dec)
  • Ngang, E. 2012, Energy options from the 20th Century: Comparing Conventional and Nuclear Energy from a Sustainable Standpoint, in Journal of Natural Resources and Development, Vol. 02, pp. 33-41

Book chapter:

  • Ngang, E 2009, The ‘Projectisation’ of Governance in Africa: Its Implication to Development, in Lartey, S., & Sastry, D. (eds) Governance in the Commonwealth, An Overview of Current Debates. P22-P33 Commonwealth Foundation publication, ISBN 978-0-903850-51-3

Books and Monograph:

  • Ngang, E., 2016, Civil Society Sustainability and Local Capacity Development: A Case Study in Cameroon. WACSeries, ACCRA, Ghana, Volume 2, Issue 1-15 November
  • Ngang, E. 2008, Simple Manual on the Legal Framework, Creation and Management Principles of Civil Society Organizations in Cameroon, made public in Cameroon on the 17th of March 2009

Articles in conference proceedings:

  • Ngang, E. 2016. General overview of the research and evidence-informed decision-making landscape for Cameroon. AEN EIDM Landscape Mapping Series No 21. Johannesburg: 2nd Africa Evidence Network (AEN) Colloquium
  • Ngang, E. 2013, Shifting from capacity building towards valuing existing capacities of local organizations in Cameroon, in Pamela Thomas (ed) Challenges for participatory development in contemporary development practice, DEVELOPMENT BULLETIN No.75 pp80-84

Magazine and newspaper article:

  • Ngang, E 2015, From MDGs to Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Reflecting on Environmental Sustainability Goal, in Global South Development Magazine (GSDM)

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