Dieunedort Wandji is currently a Research Officer on the multi-sited project Islands of Innovation in Protracted Crises: Building Equitable Resilience from Below, which covers the Ivory Coast and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He did his PhD in Politics and International Development at the University of Portsmouth, focusing on vernacular idioms of security and resilience within border communities in Africa. Dieunedort has done fieldwork in Nigeria, Cameroon and Gabon. The Islands of Innovation project covers several communities across the Ivory Coast and DRC, where fieldwork will be conducted, using interdisciplinary research strategies and participative data collection methods.
Prior to joining academic research as a Research Associate at the University of Portsmouth, Dieunedort had been involved in various aspects of development and access to knowledge advocacy, both in Africa and in Europe. In 2010, he was appointed Country Coordinator for the Access to Knowledge (A2K) Programme in Cameroon. Dieunedort has also worked on the Priority Issues Programme at Consumers International in London, focusing mainly on promoting financial justice and financial literacy in developing countries.
Dieunedort’s regional focus is sub-Saharan Africa, with research interests in border areas, transnational security, transborder mobility, and regional integration policies