Richard Mbih

Richard Mbih

Assistant Teaching Professor of African Studies
Coordinator of African Studies Brown Bag Series, 2017-2021
015G Sparks Building
(814) 865-0760
Area(s) of Specialization: Agro-pastoral sustainability, environmental change and society, natural resource conflicts, political ecology, Sub-Saharan Africa, and international development
Richard Mbih


University of Missouri-Kansas City, Ph.D. (Interdisciplinary) Geography and Social Science Consortium, 2015

Professional Bio

Richard Mbih is a Geographer by training whose research interests focus on natural resource management, environment and development studies in Sub-Saharan Africa. His research is in the areas of agro-pastoral sustainability, environmental conflicts and alternative conflict management, and community resilience to climate change.

Currently, Professor Mbih is engaged in two human-environmental security related research projects. The first examines the effects of climate change on agro-pastoral conflicts between indigenous farming and Fulani pastoral communities. The study also explores the adaptation and mitigation strategies which are adopted by vulnerable African communities in the face of environmental change, particularly in Northwest Cameroon.

The second project investigates the effects of the current Anglophone crisis in Cameroon on human displacement, leading to the marginalization of the English-speaking minority in Cameroon who are now refugees in neighboring Nigeria, the United States and Mexico.

Courses taught

AFR 105: African Biodiversity and Conservation

AFR 110: Introduction to Contemporary Africa

AFR 494: Research Project

AFR 496: Independent Studies

AFR 209: Poverty in Africa

AFR 234: Environment, Climate Change and Resilience in Africa (new)