Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Research Student: Dr Louis Nwabueze Ezeilo

Conceptual Pluralism in Poverty: A Case Study of Nigeria

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The rationale behind this research project is to explore the conceptual pluralism concerning the issue of poverty, i.e., the different meanings and understandings of poverty among various actors in Nigeria and resulting implications for poverty reduction efforts.

The study employs a qualitative research approach through the use of focus group discussions and in-depth interviews among others with (i) state and non-state actors of various anti-poverty organizations that are involved in anti-poverty measures in the country and (ii) members of various communities including poor people.


I am a Nigerian by nationality. My two first Degrees were in Philosophy (1993-1997) and Theology (1998-2002) both at Urban University, Rome, Italy. I later did a PGD course In Economics at the University of Lagos Nigeria, (2006-2007). I also did an MBA at the University of Calabar, Nigeria, (2008-2009). I came to the University of Leeds, UK in 2009 where I did a Master programme in Economics, (2009-2010)

I am a Catholic Priest and have been till date employed by the Catholic Diocese of Awka, Nigeria.

What motivated me to undertake PhD study?

I value and appreciate the impact that lecturers can make in the lives of students as most of these students end up being equipped with qualities with which to survive in the challenging and competitive environment. Therefore, I was motivated to take up a PhD study so as to be qualified to achieve the stated aims.

What makes me passionate about my subject?

The rate with which poverty increases in Nigeria has been part of the motivations to take up this study. It is an investigation into the on-going debates about the various understandings and meanings of poverty. I believe that to be able to address the needs of poverty, one needs a better understanding of the concept and how to handle the implications of pluralistic concepts and policies as in the case of poverty.

What are my plans once I have completed my PhD?

My plan will be to engage in teaching in the university as well as further the research on poverty debates especially from the angle of its conceptual pluralism and implications of this pluralism for poverty reduction efforts in some African countries.

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