Cletus Nwankwo

PhD Researcher


Cletus Famous Nwankwo is a Lecturer in Political Geography at the University of Nigeria and a Commonwealth PhD Scholar at School of Geography Geology and the Environment at the University of Leicester. Prior to coming to the University of Leicester I taught undergraduate modules on Political Geography Statistical Methods for Geographers and Regional Geography at the University of Nigeria. I have a background in geography global and local environmental and climate change politics geopolitics and diplomacy. I studied Geography at the University of Nigeria and graduated top of my class in 2014 with First Class Honours and also the best student in the Faculty of Social Sciences. In 2017 I won the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship to study for a MA in Politics and International Relations (Environmental Politics & Climate Change) at the University of Keele England graduating with a distinction. In 2020 I won the Commonwealth PhD Scholarship to research the critical geopolitics of the farmer-herder conflicts in Nigeria.


My research have explored political participation and voting patterns in Nigerian elections climate change vulnerability and critical geopolitics and political ecology of the farmer-herder conflicts in Nigeria landscape political memories of rural land struggles. My current research builds on the intersections of geography and environmental politics to explore the ways that humans and nonhuman coproduce the farmer-herder conflicts in Nigeria from geopolitics perspective. The research is supervised initially by Professor Gavin Brown and Caroline Upton but Professor Gavin Brown now acts as an external supervisor as leaving the University of Leicester. Associate Professor Margaret Byron has now joined my supervision team.



Nwankwo, C. F., Ossai, O. G., Ayadiuno, R. U., & Ikeogu, C. C. (2021). Spatial dimension of climate change vulnerability and urbanization relationship in Nigeria. International Journal of Urban Sciences, 1-22.

Madu, I. A., & Nwankwo, C. F. (2021). Spatial pattern of climate change and farmer-herder conflict vulnerabilities in Nigeria. GeoJournal, 86(6), 2691-2707.

Nwankwo, C. F. (2020). Essentialising critical geopolitics of the farmers-pastoralists conflicts in West Africa. GeoJournal, 85(5), 1291-1308.

Ezeibe, C. C., Nzeadibe, T. C., Ali, A. N., Udeogu, C. U., Nwankwo, C. F., & Ogbodo, C. (2017). Work on wheels: collective organising of motorcycle taxis in Nigerian cities. International Development Planning Review, 39(3).

Nwankwo, C. F., & Ayadiuno, R. U. (2021). Landscape memories of land struggles in plateaus of two Nsukka villages in Nigeria. Human Geography, 19427786211039296. 

Nwankwo, C. F., & Okafor, U. P. (2021). Moral wrongs, indigeneity and the enactment of farmer-herder conflicts violence in South-Eastern Nigeria. GeoScape, 15(2), 120-133.

Nwankwo, C. F. (2021). COVID-19 pandemic and political participation in Lagos, Nigeria. SN Social Sciences, 1(6), 1-23.

Nwankwo, C. F. (2019). The spatial pattern of voter choice homogeneity in the Nigerian presidential elections in the fourth republic. Bulletin of Geography. Socio-economic Series, (43), 143-165.

Nwankwo, C. F. (2019). Determinants of voter turnout in Nsukka council of Enugu state, south eastern Nigeria. Bulletin of Geography. Socio-economic Series, 45(45), 109-124.

Nwankwo, C. F. (2020). Rurality and party system fragmentation in the Nigerian presidential elections of the fourth republic. Statistics, Politics and Policy, 11(1), 59-85. 

Nwankwo, C. F. (2019). Religion and voter choice homogeneity in the Nigerian presidential elections of the fourth Republic. Statistics, Politics and Policy, 10(1), 1-25.



I am not a research supervisor. So I cannot supervise students at the University of Leicester.


I have demonstrated in two modules.

1. GY2411: Critical Geographies of Environment and Development

2. GY3411 Contemporary Environmental Challenges

Press and media

I am happy to speak to the press on issues of climate change vulnerability and conflicts in Nigeria and Africa; the conflicts between farmers and herders elections and political participation.
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