Dr Nayanka Perdigão
The African Leadership Centre (ALC) is very pleased to announce that Dr Nayanka Paquete Perdigão, the Head of the ALC Fellowship Programmes, has been awarded her PhD in Leadership Studies with reference to Security and Development, which she undertook at the ALC, King's College London. She defended her thesis at her viva in May 2020 during lockdown in the UK; and she was awarded her doctoral degree in November 2020.
Many congratulations to Dr Paquete Perdigão from all at ALC!
Nayanka's thesis was titled 'Leadership and State-Building in Guinea-Bissau: Binding and Unbinding Mutuality in State and Society Relations'. The work employs a leadership as process lens to understand state building in Guinea-Bissau. It explores how Guinea-Bissau society remains stable despite the elite driven competition for control over the state which has generated cyclical violence and instability.
Nayanka originally worked as a Research Assistant at the Conflict Security and Development Group (CSDG) at Kings College London in 2009. As a Research Associate at the ALC, she then became Head of Fellowships in 2016, a role where she currently remains. Drawing from her extensive travels and having lived in Guinea-Bissau, Cape-Verde, Cote d'Ivoire, and Senegal, Nayanka's ongoing research is on Peace and Security issues in Lusophone and Francophone Africa, looking at Leadership and state building processes, state-society relations, and peacebuilding. She has also worked on the Peace and security linkages between Brazil and Lusophone Africa. Nayanka has recently been invited to join the editorial board of an academic journal created by the CPLP (the Community of Portuguese Language Countries) Strategic Analysis Centre based in Maputo Mozambique.
Again, many congratulations to Dr Nayanka Paquete Perdigão!