She is an expert in peace and security issues, land governance and gender. Dr Obika has done extensive work in war-affected northern Uganda in areas of laud contestations, peacebuilding and women’s land rights. She serves on the Gulu University Senate as a representative for IPSS and is currently the Vice Chairperson of the Gulu University Research Ethics Committee. Read More


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Obika, J.A., & Otim, P.W. (2023).Returning to the World of Ancestors: Death and Dying among the Acholi of Northern Uganda, 1900s-1980s. Journal of Eastern African Studies, (0):1-20.

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Julaina A. Obika is the Chairperson of the Gulu University Research Ethics Committee (GUREC), and former Vice Chairperson (2020-2023). She is a trained social scientist from Makerere University, with a bias in Gender and Development. She holds an MPhil in Conflict Transformation and Management from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Her PhD, under a sandwich program between Gulu University and Copenhagen University, looked at Women navigating access to customary land in the Acholi sub-region. Dr. Obika is Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Peace and Strategic Studies (IPSS) of Gulu University. She has teaching experience that spans more than fourteen years, with a robust research portfolio. She is currently leading three research projects at IPSS, including the Imagining Gender Futures (IMAGENU) project funded by DANIDA; the Jean-Monnet Centre of Excellence on Regional Integration in East Africa, and the AfriquEurope Consortium, the last two funded by the European Union Commission.

Julaina A. Obika (PhD)
Chairperson, GUREC