JulyHSI am currently a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Rwanda’s Center of Excellence in Biodiversity (CoEB). I examine the relationship between gender and environmental conflict. I am transitioning away from looking at natural resource conflicts, which was my focus in Nigeria, towards the impact of conservation on women in Central Africa. This year, I will be analyzing the effect of militarized conservation on local women, as well as gender equity in compensation packages to communities displaced by conservation. I am based in Kigali but travel around Rwanda extensively.

I recently completed a research fellowship at the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution (SCAR) at George Mason University Korea. I hold an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Law and Society from New York University (2015) and an interdisciplinary M.A. in Human Rights from Columbia University (2008). My interest in African sociopolitical affairs began during my Peace Corps service in Mozambique (2004-2006) and was further fostered during my Boren Fellowship to study the Igbo language in Nigeria (2011-2012). I recently became a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy for the Theme on Environment and Peace.

You can contact me via email at lps247@nyu.edu. I only use Twitter sporadically, @LaineMunir.

My sample podcast on Africa

Video excerpt from an academic talk

Sample article on SSRN




Although I greatly appreciate the spread of ideas, I ask that no content on this site be reproduced without permission.