Lorina Johnson-Prince

Lorina Johnson-Prince


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Biographical details

Lorina Johnson-Prince is currently a Leadership Studies with reference to Security and Development PhD candidate and a part time research assistant for the African Leadership Centre. Lorina’s PhD topic focuses on analysing the interaction between transnational criminal organisations, communities and the state through a process leadership lens.  

Before becoming a PhD candidate Lorina studied at the University of Westminster where she obtained BA(Hons) in Politics and International Relations and then went on to study at King’s College London where she obtained an MSc with the African Leadership Centre in Security, Leadership and Society.

Research interests (short)

Non State Actors, Transnational Criminal Organisations, State Society Relations, Leadership Studies, Internationalisation of Higher Education, Decolonisation of Research Methodology

Research interests

Current PhD Project:

A Process Leadership Analysis of the Shadow Narco-State : A Case Study of the Tivoli Gardens Community and Christopher “Dudus” Coke


This research aims to provide a unique contribution to the transnational crime and global security debate by focusing on the interaction between transnational criminal organisations, communities and the state from a process based leadership perspective.  With notions of morality still playing a key role in shaping academic literature on TCOs especially in the strategic sense, it allows for the neglect of such a topic as the leadership of these TCOs are often marked in a negative light .This project aims to fill this gap by providing an illuminating analysis of the dark side of leadership by extensively examining from a process leadership perspective, the ability of transnational criminal organisations to secure the loyalty of communities over their commitment to the state. Using the case study of the Tivoli Gardens community and Christopher Coke this project aims to explore this exchange between communities, TCOs and the State by investigating the leadership dimensions which underpin the Tivoli Gardens community’s loyalty to Shower Posse leader Christopher Coke over their innate commitment to the Jamaican State.

Additional Research Interests

Lorina has also supported and engaged in research focusing on the internationalisation of higher education as well as the decolonisation of research methodologies here at Kings. 

Education/Academic qualification

Security, Leadership and Society, Master in Science, Security, Leadership and Society, International Development

Award Date: 1 Dec 2016

Politics and International Relations, Bachelor of Arts, BA Politics and International Relations, UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER

Award Date: 11 Jun 2015


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