Blessing Mberu

Head of Urbanization and Wellbeing

Blessing is a Senior Research Scientist and Head of Urbanization and Wellbeing. Blessing works on migration, urbanization, adolescent reproductive behavior and poverty in sub-Saharan Africa under the Urbanization and Wellbeing research program. He holds a PhD in Sociology, Master of Arts degree in Sociology from Brown University (USA) and an MSc from the University of Ibadan (Nigeria).

Blessing joined APHRC in 2008 as a Post-Doctoral Fellow from Brown University (USA). He previously worked at APHRC as a Research Intern and Travel Scholar between August 2004 and June 2005. Prior to joining APHRC, Blessing worked at Abia State University, Nigeria since August 1988 as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Sociology and promoted to a Senior Lecturer between 1999 and 2002.

His passion is in conducting research to inform development policy in Africa and beyond. Blessing has published referred university texts in Sociology and several articles in learned journals spanning his areas of interest.

He is the co-author of two recent articles that profile internal and international migration patterns in Nigeria and Cameroon:

Nigeria: Multiple Forms of Mobility in Africa’s Demographic Giant, Migration Information Source.

Crossing Boundaries: Internal, Regional and International Migration in Cameroon.  International Migration, 54(4): (doi:10.1111/j.1468-2435.2012.00766.x).


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