Hikmatu Lalaki Awudu

Hikmatu Lalaki Awudu
  • Graduate Student
  • Department of Sociology
  • MPhil Development Studies, University of Cape Coast, 2017
  • BA Integrated Development Studies, University for Development Studies, 2011


Hikmatu Lalaki Awudu


Hikmatu Lalaki Awudu is a second year Ph.D. student in the Sociology Department. Her research focuses on migration, community development and sustainability, and gender in the West African region, specifically Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Togo. She is currently interested in how climate variability, social status and gender influence migration decisions and what this means for community development. She has more than 10 years of research experience in West Africa and has worked with NGOs on monitoring and evaluation projects. She earned a BA in Integrated Development Studies with a major in Economics and Entrepreneurship Development at the University for Development Studies, Ghana and an MPhil in Development Studies at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana. As an MPhil student, she completed her thesis research on rural-urban migration and livelihood strategies in Ghana. She also worked as an intern with the Centre for Gender Research, Advocacy and Documentation at UCC and is passionate about gender issues within Ghana and the West African region.


  • Graduate Specialization in International Development (GSID)
  • Gender, Justice and Environmental Change (GJEC)
  • Women's & Gender Studies