Zubaida Umar Baba


Zubaida Umar is a second year PhD researcher at the University of Leeds. her doctoral research investigates the livelihoods and resileince of the internally displaced people  (IDPs) in northern Nigeria. Her doctoral research investigates thelivelihoods and resilience of these vulnerable group of people in nigeria, however, her main focus is on their resilience to the Boko haram crisis and how they are able to respond and adapt in thier various locations. Having worked with various vulnerable groups of  people in nigeria she intends to undertake this task using a livelihoods approach.

She holds an Msc in Environmental sustainablity from Napier University, Edinburgh which investigated the alternative clean energy for northern Nigeria. She also holds an MA in Development studies from Bayero University Kano in Nigeria.

Prior to commencement of her study, she worked as a lecturer at the Department of Environmental Management at Bayero University Kano Nigeria, while also volunteering to work with the Idps in northeast Nigeria.


  • BSc, Political Science
  • PGD, Social policy and administration
  • MA, Development Studies
  • MSc, Environmental Sustainability

Research groups and institutes

  • Environment and Development