Ven. Prof Uche C. Isiugo-Abanihe
Uche Charlie Isiugo-Abanihe was educated at two Ivy League schools: Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA (AB, 1977; MPS, 1978) and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA (MA, 1980; PhD, 1983). He worked briefly as a Research Associate at the World Bank and the Population Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania between 1983 and 1985. He joined the University of Ibadan in October 1985 as a Lecturer in demography in the Department of Sociology and rose to the rank of Professor in October 1997. He became the Head of the Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan, 2003-2007, a position he also held on acting capacity in 1997-1999, and was elected Dean, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Ibadan, 2007-2009. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, 1992-1993, a Visiting Research Consultant, United Nations Regional Institute for Population Studies (UNRIPS), University of Ghana (1990-2000), and a Visiting Professor of Sociology, Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State, 2010-2012. He priested in 2000 and obtained Dip.Th., Immanuel College of Theology, Ibadan in 2003, graduating at the top of the class with 14 awards.
He has won many national and international awards some of which are:Ford Foundation Grant (two times);MacArthur Foundation Grant (three times); the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH);the Institute for Resource Development, Macro International Inc., Demographic and Health Surveys; the World Health Organization Research Grant; the Social Science Council of Nigeria/Ford Foundation Research Grant;Rockefeller Foundation Grant;Population Council Grant, and Senate Research Grant of the University of Ibadan (two times). He is a recipient of many honours, recognitions and distinctions including: Award of Excellence in Research and Training in African Demography, 2015 by the Union for African Population Studies (UAPS), competed for by all demographers in Africa;Chair, Research Coordinating Committee, Research Alliance to Combat HIV (REACH), a collaborative research program between University of Ibadan and Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois USA, 2007-2009, member, Board of Trustees, Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH), Co-Focal Person (with Prof Omigbodun) of the Consortium for Advanced Research and Training in Africa (CARTA), providing doctoral training on Health and Population in nine member institutions in Africa, 2009-2015, Coordinator, The Ibadan Social and Evaluation Research Team (ISERT),from 2011,Member of Council, Union for African Population Studies (UAPS), 2000 – 2008.
Isiugo-Abanihe has consulted for several national and international organizations in the areas of population census, demographic research and training, reproductive health, policy issues, programme implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. These include: the Health and Nutrition Department of the World Bank, Centers for Disease Control, the United Nations Regional Institute for Population Studies, Association of Voluntary Surgical Contraception (AVSC), the United Nations Fund (UNFPA), Lagos, MacArthur Foundation, Center for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA, an IP of USAID), National Population Commission, Pathfinder International, National Action Committee on AIDS (NACA), the Futures Group Inc., ENHANSE Project funded by USAID Nigeria, ECORYS Netherlands BV/UNDP Nigeria, UNFPA/CST, Addis Ababa, JHPIEGO Corporation/USAID, the Research Alliance to Combat HIV (REACH), CONSTELLA FURTURES International, LLC/MEASURE Evaluation, and the International Organization for Migration Organization (IOM), among others. He has acted as external examiner and assessor for more than thirty national and international universities.
He was Editor-in-Chief, The Nigerian Journal of Sociology and Anthropology, published by the Nigerian Anthropological and Sociological Association, 2007-2014, Ibadan Journal of the Social Sciences, published by the Faculty of the Social Sciences, 2003-2006;African Population Studies, Journal of the Union of African Population Studies, 2000-2007. He has supervised more than 75 MSc theses and 21 doctoral students, nine of whom are Professors already. He has more than 120 publications to his credit in books, chapters in books and reputable refereed national and international journals in the areas of fertility, nuptiality, migration, maternal and child health, reproductive health and other related areas. Prof Isiugo-Abanihe is a prolific researcher,a passionate teacher, and a goal oriented and resourceful administrator.