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Esau Williams is a Postgraduate Research student at the African Leadership Centre at King's.  He is researching the ontology of the state in Africa and its linkages to conflict, instability, poor governance, corruption and underdevelopment.  His other research interests include:  Leadership in policy decison-making, anti-corruption governance, and youth development in Africa.

Esau holds an MA in International Political Economy from King's College London.  The title of his dissertation is, A Realist Inquiry into Governance:  Decision-making in the European Union.  The dissertation uses realist theories to explian the tension of why the EU's cooperative framework ultimately leads to conflict in economic and political policies.  Esau also has a BA (Hons) in Politics with Philosophy from Royal Holloway, University of London; and his first BA in Philosophy from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • JC Political theory
  • JF Political institutions (General)