Prof Wilson Akpan

Prof Wilson Akpan, a Ford Foundation Scholar and an Environmental Sociologist, is the immediate past President of the South African Sociological Association. He is currently the Deputy Dean (Research and Internationalisation) of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Fort Hare, South Africa. He has previously served as Director of School of Social Sciences and as Head of Sociology Department in the same university. A substantial part of Professor Akpan’s research has focused on the social and environmental sustainability aspects of mining and energy resource development in Africa. He has an extensive body of published scholarly work on mining and sustainability, corporate citizenship, governance and conflict in Africa. One of his articles (on the developmental dimensions of the false dichotomy between ‘local’ and ‘global’ knowledge) is currently being translated into Portuguese for publication in Brazil. He has trained, and continues to train, Honours, Master’s and Doctoral students. At least eight South African Honours students have successfully passed through his supervision, as have a Master’s and a Doctoral candidate, both of whom are due to graduate in May 2012. Well respected among his peers, Professor Akpan is looked up to by many colleagues in universities within and outside the Eastern Cape as a research mentor.