I 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 extractive industries and environmental policy in Central Africa. Currently, I am examing 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 also interested in the effects 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.
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 and have served as an NGO consultant.
You can contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I only use Twitter sporadically, @LaineMunir.
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