Dr Emeka Thaddues Njoku

Dr Emeka Thaddues Njoku

International Development Department
Newton International Fellow

Contact details

School of Government
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Emeka Thaddues Njoku's research focuses on the intersection of civil society organizations and security governance, particularly post-9/11 international and state-level counterterrorism policies and practices.

He is currently a 2021-2023 Newton International Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society. In 2019-2020, he was selected as a Post-doctoral Fellow for the American Council of Learned Societies (African Humanities Program), New York, USA. In 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 he held two pre-doctoral fellowships of the Social Science Research Council’s Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program. Njoku was also a 2017 Fellow of the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI), Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University, Providence, USA.

He won several research/travel grants from the Institute of International Education, American Political Science Association, Centennial Center for Political Science & Public Affairs of the American Political Science Association, Makarere Institute of Social Research and the University of Ibadan Postgraduate College. 

Njoku’s work has appeared in VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit OrganizationsStudies in Conflict and TerrorismSmall Wars and InsurgenciesDevelopment in PracticeDevelopment Policy Review, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly and a forthcoming edited book by Manchester University Press.

ORC Profile


  • PhD in Political Science 2019, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • MSc in Political Science, University of Ibadan, 2010
  • BSc (Hons) in Political Science, Enugu State University of Science and Technology, 2005


Research interests

Civil Society, Development, Conflict, Gender-based violence, Security, Terrorism and Counter-terrorism 

Current projects

  • De-Risking Policy: Terrorism Financing and the Securitization of Muslim Charities in the United Kingdom and Nigeria 
  • Masculinity, Male Bodies and Victimhood in the Context of Counter-Terrorism in North-eastern Nigeria 
  • Rethinking “Victimhood”: Counter-Terrorism, Sexual Violence and Peacebuilding Efforts of Humanitarian Workers in North-eastern Nigeria
  • Civil Society Organisations And Counter-Terrorism In North-eastern Nigeria

Other activities

Country Expert

Varieties of Democracy Project
V-Dem Institute
Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg
Sprängkullsgatan, Gothenburg Sweden 

Contributing Analyst

(Terrorism and Counter-terrorism)
Wikistrat, Inc.
Washington DC, United States.


Book (edited Volume)

Romaniuk, S. N. and Njoku, E.T (2021) Counter-Terrorism and Civil Society Organisations: Post-9/11 Progress and Challenges. Manchester: Manchester University Press  


Njoku, E.T (2022) Queering Terrorism, Studies in Conflict & Terrorismhttps://doi.org/10.1080/1057610X.2021.2016514

Adebayo, K. O., & Njoku, E. T. (2022). Local and Transnational Identity, Positionality and Knowledge Production in Africa and the African Diaspora. Field Methodshttps://doi.org/10.1177/1525822X211051574

Njoku, E.T and Dery, I (2021) Spiritual security: an explanatory framework for conflict-related sexual violence against men, International Affairs, Volume 97, Issue 6, November 2021, Pages 1785–1803, https://doi.org/10.1093/ia/iiab175

Njoku, E.T (2021) The state of terrorism research in Africa, Critical Studies on Terrorism, DOI: 10.1080/17539153.2021.1983113

Njoku, E.T &  Akintayo, J (2021) Sex for survival: Terrorism, poverty and sexual violence in north-eastern Nigeria, South African Journal of International Affairs, 28:2, 285-303

Njoku, E.T (2021) The State and the Securitization of Civil Society Organisations in Nigeria, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly https://doi.org/10.1177/08997640211003256

Njoku, E.T (2021) Strategic Exclusion: The State and the Framing of a Service-Delivery Role for Civil Society Organisations in the Context of Counter-Terrorism in Nigeria, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism  44:(5):410-430 

Njoku, E.T (2020) The Merchants of Terror: Neo-patrimonialism, Counter-Terrorism Economy and the Expansion of Terrorism in Nigeria, African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review 10, (2): 83-107 

Njoku, E.T (2020) Politics of Conviviality? State-Civil Society Relations with the Context of Counter-terrorism in Nigeria, Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organisations 31, (5): 1063–1076 

Njoku, E.T (2020) Making Sense of State Service-Delivery Oriented Partnership with Civil Society Organisations in Counter-Terrorism Context in Nigeria, Development Policy Review, 00:1–16, https://doi.org/10.1111/dpr.12524

Njoku, E.T (2020) Investigating the Intersections between Counterterrorism and NGOs in Nigeria: Development Practice in Conflict-affected Areas, Development in Practice, 30 (4): 501-512 

Njoku, E.T (2019) The ligaments of counter-terrorism regime: sexual violence and the vicarious traumatisation of female non-governmental organisation workers: evidence from Nigeria, Small Wars & Insurgencies, 30:6-7, 1233-1263, DOI: 10.1080/09592318.2019.1649830

Book Chapters 

Romaniuk, S. N. and Njoku, E.T  (2019) 'Speaking Identity: Security Policy and US Foreign Policy' in Romaniuk, S. N. & Grice, F. (eds.), The Future of US Warfare. Abingdon, UK: Routledge 

Njoku, E.T (2017) 'Assimilating the Intersections between Counter-terrorism and Civil Society Organisations through the   Prism of Mixed-Methods Design.' Sage Research Method Cases: Politics and International Relations, London: Sage Publications 

Njoku, E.T (2017) 'Laws for Sale:’ The Domestication of Counterterrorism Legislations and its impact in Nigeria,” in     Romaniuk, S. N., Grice, F., Irrera, F. & Webb, S. (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Global Counterterrorism Policy. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Alice Martini and Njoku, E.T  (2017) 'The Challenges of Defining Terrorism for Counter-Terrorism Policy' (with Martini, A.) in Romaniuk, S. N., Grice, F., Irrera, F. & Webb, S. (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Global Counterterrorism Policy. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan 

Adebayo, K and Njoku, E.T (2016) 'The Practice of Democracy and Public Sphere in Nigeria: The Context and Contribution of Nigerian Diaspora' (with Adebayo, K.) in Romaniuk, S. & Marlin, M. (eds.), Democracy and Civil Society in Global Era. Abingdon, UK: Routledge 

Emordi, A. and Njoku, E.T (2015) 'Gender Conjecture and the Politics of Land Deprivation in South Eastern Nigeria' in Romaniuk, S. N. & Marlin, M. (eds.), Development and the Politics Human Rights. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press          

Njoku, E.T (2015) 'An Assessment of the United Nations Counterterrorism  Initiatives: 2001-2015,' in Romaniuk, S. N. & Webb, S. T. (eds.), Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in Modern War. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press 

Book Reviews 

Njoku, E.T (2017) The al-Qaeda Franchise: The Expansion of al-Qaeda and its Consequences” Political Studies Review Vol. 15, Issue 

Njoku, E.T (2016)  Eat the Heart of the Infidel”: The Harrowing of Nigeria and the Rise of Boko Haram” Political Studies Review Vol. 15, Issue 3, pp. 505-50 

Njoku, E.T (2016)  Al-Shabaab in Somalia: The History and Ideology of a Militant Islamist Group” Political Studies Review Vol. 15, Issue 4 

Njoku, E.T (2016) Misunderstanding Terrorism” Political Studies Review Vol. 16 Issue 4