Eyene Okpanachi

Eyene Okpanachi
Banting Postdoctoral Fellow
Political Science
Office: DTB A353

Dr. Eyene Okpanachi is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Political Science, University of Victoria. His postdoctoral research which focuses on conflict and contestations regarding domestic decision making over resource-based Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) is supervised by Professor Reeta Tremblay. Eyene's broad area of research and academic interests are comparative politics and international relations, but he is specifically interested in federalism and federal governance, the politics of oil, natural resource management, institutions and institutional reforms, conflict and peace processes, public policy, and the politics of government decision-making.

Eyene  graduated with a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Alberta where he completed his dissertation titled ‘Federalism and Natural Resource Management: A Comparative Study of Intergovernmental Conflict over Oil & Gas in Canada and Nigeria.’  At the University of Alberta, Eyene was a recipient of several scholarships and awards such as the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, the University of Alberta President's Doctoral Prize of Distinction, the Provost Entrance Doctoral Award, and the Shell Enhanced Learning Fund. Eyene holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) and Master of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Prior to beginning his PhD at the University of Alberta, he received a Postgraduate Diploma in “Federalism, Decentralization, and Conflict Resolution” from the Institute of Federalism at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and a Certificate of Advanced Study on “Understanding and Managing Globalization & Transition (Transitions and the Global Market)” from the Department of Political Science, University of Pavia, Italy. While at the University of Alberta, Eyene also studied for the Course “Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations and Local Financial Management” at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, and became an alumnus of Havard Law School's Institute for Global Law & Policy (IGLP) Workshop and the Balsillie School of International Affairs International Law Summer Institute.

Eyene has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Publius: The Journal of FederalismEmory Law Review,World Futures, Review of Policy ResearchPoverty and Public Policy, and entries in the SAGE Encyclopedia of World Poverty. He is an Associate Editor of Federal Governance, the International graduate journal on the theory and politics of federalism, published by the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at Queens University and the Forum of Federations, Ottawa. Eyene was a visiting scholar at the Centre for Petroleum, Energy Economics and Law (CPEEL), University of Ibadan, and he is currently a Fellow with the Programme on Ethnic and Federal Studies (PEFS), University of Ibadan, and a Senior Research Fellow with the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA-Nigeria). Eyene is a member of several professional organizations including the American Political Science Association (APSA), Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC), and the Canadian International Council (CIC). ​