Writings & Talks

Here is a list of my theses, public writing, guest talks, research publications and presentations:


In Our Own Voices: A Critical Participatory Study of the Wellbeing of Female Undergraduate Students in Nigeria. Doctoral thesis, University of Bristol.

The Impact of Informal Learning on the Aspirations and Experiences of Girls in Rural Igboland of Nigeria. Master’s Dissertation, University of Bristol.

Public Writing

Four Black women who have advanced human rights. Article written with Dr Afua Twum-Danso Imoh for The Conversation UK in honour of International Women’s Day 2022.

‘Decolonization is not a metaphor’. Blog post written with Suzanne van Even for the South West Doctoral Training Partnership’s (SWDTP) Decolonising Social Research series.

Looking Back, Looking Forward. Gender and Education Association’s Countdown-to-Conference series.

Fighting Patriarchy One Woman at a time. Centre for Comparative and International Research in Education (CIRE) to commemorate International Women’s Day 2019.

Guest Talks

Leadership tips for young women. International Women’s Day 2021 interview with Education Sub-Saharan Africa (ESSA).

Keynote speech: Victimology and The Epistemological Absence of Mental Health Resources in the Academy. The 2nd Annual Forensic Victimology and Victim Support Conference, University of Nairobi, Kenya.

Self-Development beyond the Walls of the Campus. Youth of Excellence Undergraduates’ Conference, Benin City.

Springboard – Your Health Challenge. Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry Women Leaders’ Committee, Lagos.

Self Esteem. Daughters of Abraham Foundation, Abuja.

Assert for Success: You win, They win! Vanguard ALLURE WoW Exposé, Lagos.

Gender Agenda. NYSC Community Development Event, Abuja.

Life Skills Empowerment for Growth. Lagos Dynamic Exclusive Club, Lagos.

Business Skills, Personal Development and Nation Building. Traders Microfinance Bank, Lagos.


Kere Abdulrahman, H., Adebisi, F., Nwako, Z. and Walton, E. (2021). ‘Revisiting (inclusive) education in the postcolony. Journal of the British Academy, 9(s1), pp. 47-75. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5871/jba/009s1.047

Sprague, T., Nwako, Z., Kulundu-Bolus, I., Tikly, L., Wals, A., Facer, K., Elmi, M., and Imaniriho, D. (2021). Co-Creating Education for Sustainable Futures: TESF Methodology Background Paper. Bristol, TESF.

Nwako, Z. (2021). Activist or Advocate? Redefining Scholarly Risk in an African Research Context. In: Mulligan, D. L. and Danaher, P. A. (Eds.), Researchers at Risk: Precarity, Jeopardy and Uncertainty in Academia. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-53857-6 Chp. 19, pp. 295-309. Palgrave Macmillan.

Morris, C., Nwajiuba, C., Ogunji, C. Masika, R. and Nwako, Z. (2020). Supporting women students in Nigerian Higher Education. A Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) funded study report for the University of Portsmouth.

Owens-Ibie, N., Nwako, Z. and Ajufoh, C. (2010). Building Together: Peer Education Resource Kit for Community Women. Abuja: ActionAid Nigeria.

Nwako, Zibah (2009). Springboard Women’s Development Workbook (1st Nigerian Edition). By: L. Willis and J. Daisley (Eds.). Abuja: Fruitful Prints and Publications. Published by AFFIRM Consulting, Training and Coaching Limited.

Presentations & Teachings

Inclusive Design and Responsible Researcher Positioning. Transdisciplinary Group Project: Doing something completely new unit, Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Bristol.

Higher Education and Postcolonialism. Past, Present and Futures unit, Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Bristol.

‘It’s like that thing that touches me inside my heart’: Subjective wellbeing experiences of female students in Nigeria. A Bristol Conversations in Education seminar on New Directions for Wellbeing in Education.

Values in Research (and the ‘ologies). Being Human unit, Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Bristol.

Exploring the Wellbeing of Higher Education Students in Africa through Post-colonial Feminist theory. The African Studies Association of Africa Third Biennial Conference, Nairobi, Kenya.

‘No female student can run for President’: Prevailing HE institutional inequalities in Nigeria. Gender and Education Association Conference, Portsmouth.

Problematising Subjective Wellbeing with Female Undergraduate Students in Nigeria. Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) Newer Researchers Conference, Newport, Wales.

Conducting a Conceptual Literature Review. Introduction to Educational Inquiry unit, School of Education, University of Bristol.

Theory to Practice, Theory vs. Method. Work-in-Progress (WiP) presentation, Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol.

The Wellbeing of Nigerian Female Undergraduate Students – An Ethnographic Study [Poster]. Ethnography Symposium, University of the West of England, Bristol.

Blurred Boundaries: Ethical Dilemmas of an ‘international-home’ researcher. British Association for International and Comparative Education (BIACE) Student Conference, Institute of Education, London.

In their own voices: Empowering Female Undergraduate Students in Nigeria. Doctoral Conference, Graduate School of Education, Bristol.