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Episode 1 - Nigeria, Part 1
Expert: Michael Watts
Michael Watts has been on the faculty of the geography department at UC Berkeley since 1979, where his research has focused on African development, contemporary geopolitics, social movements and the political ecology of oil in Nigeria. He is currently working on a book that explores the role of oil in the Niger Delta.
Michael previously served from 1994 to 2004 as director of the Institute of International Studies, a program that promotes cross-disciplinary global and transnational research and training. Watts was named a 2003 Guggenheim fellow for his research on oil politics in Nigeria, a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (2004), and the Smuts Lecturer at Cambridge University in 2007.
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