DipEmmanuel M. Akpabio, Ph.D., Dept of Geography & Natural Resources Management & the Ag Director of International Programmes, University of Uyo, Nigeria. He is a Life Fellow (FIWRA) of International Water Resources Association (IWRA). He is currently an International Associate at UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy & Science, University of Dundee, UK.

Emmanuel Akpabio, PhD, geographer, ecologist and a public health expert with a social science background ( has been, for the past 20 years, involved in several funded researches on natural resources management and specifically on water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) with deeper insight on cultural and science-policy-society perspectives. One of his publications titled ‘Water meanings, Sanitation practices and Hygiene behaviors in the Cultural mirror: a perspective from Nigeria’ was awarded the Water Institute (North Carolina, USA) Prize in 2012. He was an EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow, Dundee, UK, (2018-2020) and also a visiting Scientist to the ‘Scottish Government Water Industry Team’ at Edinburgh.

He was once a visiting Professor to Kyoto University, Japan under the JSPS programme (2013-2015); a Research Associate, African Studies Centre, University of Oxford (2014); Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, Centre for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany (2011-2012); a British Academy Fellow, Newcastle University, UK (2008); a Director in the Board of the International Water Resources Association- IWRA- (2013-2015), and was one of the International Scientific Steering Committee members for the XVth World Water Congress held at Edinburgh, UK (2015). He has served in several other professional and administrative positions and currently the Ag Director of International Programmes, University of Uyo, Nigeria. Emmanuel Akpabio has over 100 publications over the years of his research; has held several academic, professional and administrative positions, and has collaborated in several grant projects, locally and internationally.


  • University of Uyo (Nigeria)/Lancaster University (UK) | Ph.D in environmental and natural resources management, completed on the Commonwealth (London) split-site scholarship split-site arrangement.
  • University of Uyo, Nigeria | MSc. in Environmental & Resources Management
  • University of Uyo, Nigeria | BSc (1st Class), Geography & Regional Planning

Selected Publications

  1. Akpabio, E. M. and J. S. Rowan (2021). Water, Sanitation and Health: Progress and obstacles to achieving the SDGs: 271-307. In: Robert C. Ferrier and Alan Jenkins (Eds). Handbook of Catchment Management. Second Edition. John Wiley and Sons Ltd. In Press
  2. Akpabio, EM., Evance Mwathunga and John S. Rowan (2021). Understanding the challenges governing Malawi’s water, sanitation and hygiene sector. International Journal of Water Resources Development.
  3. Akpabio, E. M. and John S. Rowan (2021). The political economy of coordinating water, sanitation and hygiene management policies and programmes for Nigeria. Water International.
  4. Akpabio, E. M. and Gabriel S. Umoh (2021). The practical challenges of achieving sustainable wetland agriculture in Nigeria’s Cross River Basin. Water International.
  5. Akpabio, E. M., N. U. Wilson, K. A. Essien, I. E. Ansa and P. N. Odum (2021). Slums, women and sanitary living in south-south Nigeria. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment.
  6. Akpabio, E. M. (2020). Wastewater production, reuse and management practices in Nigeria. Chapter 9: ‘Water reuse within a circular economy context’. UNESCO i-WSSM Global Water Security Issues Series. Pages 155-165.
  7. Akpabio, M and Ubong Udoudom (2020): Spatio-temporal prospects of water resources conflicts in Nigeria. (Chapter 3). In Egodi Uchendu (Ed). Nigeria’s Resource Wars. Vernon Press. Germany
  1. Akpabio, E. M and Ekerette S. Udom (2018). ‘Borehole race’ and the dilemma of governing the ‘ungoverned’: understanding the urban political ecology of groundwater exploitation in Nigeria. Society and Natural Resources. DOI:10.1080/08941920.2018.1475586
  1. Akpabio, EM., Udofia ES., and K. Takara (2017). The nexus of water and socio-spatial inequality in sub-Saharan Africa: legacies, strands and agenda for research. Waterlat-Gobacit Network Working Paper TA 3, Vol.4, No. 2: 41-77
  1. Akpabio, E. M. and Eti-ido S. Udofia (2016). Unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene in Nigeria’s public spaces: the political economy angle. International Journal of Water Resources Development. DOI: 10.1080/07900627.2016.1189814
  2. Akpabio, E. M. (2016). Negotiating hygiene and sanitary behaviors in transnational contexts: examples of Nigerians in the UK. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development 5 (4). DOI:10.2166/washdev.2016.108
  3. Akpabio, E. M. and K. Takara (2014). Understanding and confronting cultural complexities characterizing water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in sub-Saharan Africa. Water International 39 (7): 921-932.
  1. Akpabio, E. M. (2012). Water Beliefs and the Changing times in Nigeria. In: Hans P. Hahn, K. Cless and J. Soentgen (eds). People at the Well: Kinds, Usages and Meanings of Water in a Global Perspective. Campus Verlag, Frankfurt, Germany. Pp. 266-280.
  2. Akpabio, E. M., (2012) Water in the village: prevailing notions and conflicting messages in Akwa Ibom state, Nigeria. Water International 37 (7) 805-817
  3. Akpabio, E. M. (2012). Water Meanings, Sanitation Practices and Hygiene Bahaviours in the Cultural Mirror: a Perspective from Nigeria. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development. 02 (3): 168-181.
  4. Akpabio, E. M. and A. S. Brown (2012). The reality and tough choices about water and sanitation in Nigeria’s coastal settlements: a preliminary discussion. Nordic Journal of African Studies 21 (4): 164-182.
  5. Akpabio, E. M. (2012). Water Supply and Sanitation Services Sector in Nigeria: The policy Trend and Practice Constraints. ZEF Working Paper Series 96. Zentrüm für Entwicklungsforschung, University of Bonn, Germany.
  6. Akpabio, E. M. and S. V. Subramanian (2012). Traditional Ecological Knowledge: an Emerging framework for Understanding Water and Sanitation Practices in Nigeria. ZEF Working Paper Series 94. Zentrü für Entwicklungsforschung, University of Bonn, Germany
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EmeProfessor Eme U. Joseph was born into the family of Elder and Elder (Mrs) Ansa E. Ansa of Ema Itam, Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State in May 1965. She is an erudite scholar who holds a National Certificate in Education (NCE) (1984) and B.Sc.(Ed) in Chemistry (1987) both from the University of Cross River State. In 1990 she bagged M. Ed in Measurement and Evaluation from University of Benin; and in 2008 she was awarded a Ph.D in Educational Measurement and Evaluation from the University of Calabar.

Her academic prowess fetched her; the laurel as the Best Graduating Student of the Faculty of Education for the 1987 graduating class. This feat marked the beginning of her career as a University lecturer which has spanned over three decades of teaching and research with a robust array of publications in her area of specialization within and outside Nigeria. Professor Joseph is a lecturer in the Department of Educational Foundations, Guidance and Counselling, University of Uyo and has served the University in many capacities amongst them are;

  • Head, Department of Educational Foundations, Guidance and Counselling;
  • Vice Dean, Faculty of Education,
  • Deputy Director, School of Continuing Education and Professionals Studies and several other committees within the University.
  • Currently, Prof. Joseph is the Director, Academic Planning, University of Uyo.

As an ardent and conscientious researcher, Prof Joseph has published over thirty (30) journal articles, thirteen (13) of which have been published in reputable academic journals in nine (9) different countries. She also has to her credit three (3) published books and five (5) book chapters. As a University don, Prof Joseph is keenly interested and involved in mentoring students on research activities; this she has actualized through the supervision of five doctorate theses, over seventeen master’s degree dissertations and numerous undergraduate projects.

She is a member in some reputable professional Associations such as Association of Educational Researchers and Evaluators of Nigeria; Educational Assessment and Research Network in African and a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Corporate Mentoring and Coaching, Nigeria.

Endowed with good work ethics and her professional competence, Prof. Joseph has on several occasions been saddled with responsibilities outside the University which include among others:

  • Supervisor, Basic Education Project Situation and Policy Analysis, UNICEF/Federal Government of Nigeria (1991-1995)
  • Member, Population Advisory Group (PAG); A Federal Government Board for the implementation of the National Population Policy. (2009-2012).
  • Chairperson, Board of Trustees Rowth Christian Academy, Uyo
  • Coordinator, Family Minders – A non-denominational Christian Women Organization based in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

 Eme is a goal-oriented educationist; hardworking, highly conscientious, and resourceful academic who always strives to achieve the highest standard possible at any given task. She possesses an excellent communication skill and has the ability to relate with a wide range of persons. Prof. Joseph does not lose sight in training and ensuring that the students understand any given knowledge passed across to them. She is loved by her students because of her affective composition of paying attention to details and follow-up. She is blessed with a beautiful family and four children.