Ingrid Verala Viban
Ingrid is a native of Bamenda, Cameroon. She is currently completing a Master of Philosophy in Development Studies at the Oxford University’s Department of International Development. Before her studies at Oxford, Ingrid completed a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology at the Catholic University of Cameroon, Bamenda. Post her studies, she also volunteered with the Hope For the Needy Association, Cameroon (HOFNA) aimed at improving the lives of women and girls in Cameroon through empowerment and financial support.
Her research focuses on how displaced persons in Cameroon express identity and agency through storytelling and oral histories. More broadly she is passionate about conflict in Africa and the causes and effects of conflict on the economy, as well as political and social relationships.
As secretary, Ingrid hopes to continue the organization of the Graduate Research and Innovation (GRAIN) Initiative introduced by her predecessor. GRAIN is a platform for Afrisoc members, AfOx visiting fellows and affiliates to present and discuss and encourage action on current issues affecting the African continent. Conveners will be invited to share their work and launch an audience discussion on the topic and call for action.
The GRAIN initiative is also going to provide assistance to students at different stages of their research with presentations from researchers who are well versed with the African context and the specific challenges that come with conducting research in Africa.
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