Luqman SAKA (Ph.D.) is an Associate Professor at the Political Science Unit, University of the Gambia, The Gambia and the Department of Political Science, University of Ilorin, Nigeria. He has his Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Political Science from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and his doctoral degree in International Studies from Universiti Utara Malaysia. Dr. Saka was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations, North-West University, Mafikeng Campus, Republic of South Africa (2015-2016).
He was a participant at the workshop on “Islamic education system in Sub-Saharan Africa: A journey of politics and religion” organized by LASDEL, Niamey; Point Sud Research Institute, Bamako and Goethe University, Frankfurt-Main, 2021. He had also participated at the workshop on ‘Sustainability and the State in Africa’ organized by the Point Sud Research Institute, Bamako and the Goethe University, Frankfurt-Main, 2019 and the Clingendael Institute and ECOWAS Commission workshop on ‘Dialogue and Mediation Training of Trainers’, Accra, 2018.
He is an alumnus of the American Political Science Association APSA, Africa Fellows Programme, 2013; the Institute of Federalism, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, 2011; SEPHIS/SEASREP Alternative Research Methodology Workshop, Manila, the Philippines, 2009; and CODESRIA Governance Institute, 2007. He is a member of the Nigerian Political Science Association (NPSA), Nigeria and Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA), United State.
Dr. Saka’s works has appeared in Journal of Developing Areas, New Contree: A Journal of Historical and Human Sciences for Southern Africa, Africa Security Review, Journal of Administrative Sciences, African Renaissance, and the Nigerian Journal of International Affairs among other outlets. He has consulted for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), The Gambia office and development Research and Projects Center (dRPC), Abuja Nigeria. He is currently the Director, Research and Knowledge Management at the Centre for Research & Policy (CRPD), a foremost Gambia’s research, consultancy and policy think tank based in Brusubi, Banjul, The Gambia.