African Society and Conflict

Dispatches on African Politics and Security

About Laine Munir


IMG_0519I am currently a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Rwanda’s Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management (CoEB). I analyze the nexus of gender, law, and environmental conflict. I am transitioning away from looking at oil conflicts, which was my focus in Nigeria, towards minerals and environmental policy in Central Africa. Currently, I am examining the gender dynamics of Rwanda’s growing mining sector. I am looking at the gender impacts of mining operations, the role of women in extractive activities, and the interaction between state law and traditional law on the ground. 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.

As part of my work on forced displacement, I am also an active contributor to the Africa Research Group at UNSW’s Kaldor Center for International Refugee Law in Australia, Emerging Scholars and Practitioners in Migration Issues (ESPMI), and have served as an NGO consultant.

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

My sample podcast on Africa

Video excerpt from an academic talk

Sample article on SSRN




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