Dr. Robtel Neajai Pailey


Region(s): Africa
Country of focus: Liberia, Sierra Leone
Based in Oxford

Robtel Neajai Pailey (@RobtelNeajai) is a Liberian academic, activist and author of the anti-corruption children’s books Gbagba and Jaadeh!. With over 15 years of combined professional experiences in Africa, Europe and North America, she has worked across a broad range of fields supporting universities, governments, NGOs, media institutions, regional and multilateral organisations. An increasingly sought after thought leader and public scholar, Robtel has published in newspapers, magazines, edited book volumes and scholarly journals. Her core areas of research and policy expertise include the political economy of development, migration, conflict, post-war recovery, and governance. Previously an Ibrahim Leadership Fellow at the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, and Robtel currently serves as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Department of International Development (ODID) in Oxford, UK, where she conducts research on citizenship, race, migration, South-South cooperation and socio-economic development in Liberia and Sierra Leone.