Ewere Evelyn Anyokwu

Research themes
  • Land use and food security
  • Renewable energy
  • New Technologies
  • Macroeconomic Issues
  • Agriculture, land use, climate change
Research countries
  • Nigeria
Research projects

STRIVE project on Sustainable Trade and Innovation Transfer in the Bioeconomy. 


MSc.  Agricultural Economics (University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria) 

B. Agric. Agricultural Economics (Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria) 

Funding institutions


Right Livelihood College (RLC) 

Research affiliation

Nnimmo Bassey - Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF)


Right Livelihood College, University of  Port Harcourt Campus, Port-Harcourt, Nigeria.

Thesis title

Bio-economic Transition and Land Use Change in Nigeria: Building Sustainability and Mitigating trade-offs

Thesis abstract

Nigeria has been an overwhelmingly mono-economic country with dual reliance on the oil sector for revenue and energy supply since the global oil boom in the 1970s. The sector contributes more than a third of the total export earnings and more than 40% of all energy consumption. Despite the large oil production and rents, poverty, unemployment and energy insecurity has remained high in Nigeria. Besides the social and economic effects of oil dependence, production and consumption of fossil fuels has deleterious impact on the environment, through carbon emission and spillage which are major precursors of climate change and environmental degradation. The Nigerian government has considered bioeconomic transformation as a pathway to overcoming the environmental and economic challenges of fossil fuel dependence. The government has made initiatives to support investments in biorefineries with a goal of ensuring mandated use of locally refined biofuels in 2020. In spite of the promises of these initiatives, developing the bioeconomy along the biorefinery pathway is fraught with several challenges. First, the transition may depend on the performance of the primary bio-based sectors especially the agricultural and forest sectors. Secondly, there are social, economic and environmental sustainability concerns with biorefinery investments. Thus, this study aims to assess the impact and potential social and environmental trade-offs of bioeconomic transition with selected emphasis on biorefineries in Nigeria. It will employ parametric and non-parametric matching methods to understand the implication of oil dependency on bio-based sector growth. Further, household surveys will be used to determine the local welfare impact of biorefineries. Lastly, a spatially explicit economic simulation model will be used to estimate the environmental impact of full scale development of biorefineries in terms of land use change and deforestation. The outcome of the study will help shape policy development towards a sustainable bioeconomic strategy for Nigeria.



Doctoral research funded by


Dr. Hermann Eiselen Doctoral Program of the Foundation fiat panis

BMZ through the STRIVE project 

Supervisors of
doctoral work

Prof. Dr.  Jan Börner

Center for Development Research (ZEF)

Institute for Food and resource Economics(ILR), University of Bonn

Advisor at ZEF

Dr.  Arnim Kuhn 

Institute for Food and resource Economics(ILR), University of Bonn



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