Dr Isang Awah

Isang Awah

I am a Project Manager in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford. I specifically work on the development of the Parenting for Lifelong Health Digital (PLH Digital), a digital version of the in-person parenting programme. The project is part of the UKRI GCRF Accelerating Achievement for Africa's Adolescents Hub which is headed by Prof Lucie Cluver. My research interests include social issues and literacy especially in developing countries and poor communities around the globe. I have over a decade of experience in researching with children and young people in Africa, and have carried out studies on various topical issues such as the effects of verbal abuse on female domestic servants in Nigeria.

I hold a PhD in Education at the University of Cambridge. My PhD involved research with a group of children in Nigeria on their reading habits and the factors that affected these, and culminated in a set of recommendations for parents, educators, and policy makers. I also hold degrees from Harvard University, U.S.A. (Master of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies, Literature & Creative Writing) and the University of Uyo, Nigeria (BSc, Biochemistry). I am also a writer and film producer. As founder of MyRainbowBooks Limited, I introduced in Nigeria personalised storybooks that are tailored for African children and also initiated the nationwide annual creative writing competition for children in Nigeria.