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Abstract

The study discussed a micro-level dimension of the institutionalization of Gender Studies (GS) in Nigeria, emphasizing the growth of semi-autonomous centres over the last two decades. It focused on a case study of one particular centre; the Centre for Human Rights and Gender Education (CHURGE), based in Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) in the southwest of the country, offering an analysis of how funding, institutional politics, and a dearth of specialist researchers have shaped the evolution of GS in 21st century in Nigeria. The study employed a qualitative research approach with samples purposively selected among researchers at CHURGE. Although there are merits obtainable in having academics from diverse backgrounds work on gender issues, the study concluded that there is the need to employ the services of specialist researchers to enhance the activities of the centre.

Note on the Author

Adedeji Adebayo is a PhD candidate in the Department of Peace, Security and Humanitarian Studies, Faculty of Multidisciplinary Studies, University of Ibadan. He is a Postgraduate Teaching and Research Assistant at the University of Ibadan Research Foundation (UI-RF). Adedeji is also a Research Fellow with the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA-Nigeria). He received his B. Ed in Teacher Education (with a concentration in Political Science and Social Studies) and M.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from the same university. His research interests include gender and development, women and political representation, intra-party conflicts, and the political history of Nigeria. His most recent publication (with Molatokunbo Seunfunmi Olutayo, 2021) is titled “Navigating the Gendered STEM Path: Understanding Women’s Experiences in Higher Education Institutions” and appeared in the Journal of Management and Social Sciences. His email address is adebayodejivictor@yahoo.com.

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