UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy


Itegbeyogene Ezekiel

Itegbeyogene completed an MSc and PhD in Physics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. In 2022, he joined STEaPP to study for his second PhD.

Headshot of PhD student, Patrick Ezekiel
How did you come to realise you wanted to study for a PhD?

My first PhD was in natural sciences and it was purely laboratory-based. I decided for a second PhD in public policy to have a deeper academic knowledge of science, technology and innovation (STI) policy with respect to how developing nations can improve their STI development. And more importantly, to develop a strong professional network for my career advancement.

Why did you choose to undertake a PhD at UCL STEaPP?

UCL STEaPP is one of the top universities offering an academic specialisation in Science Diplomacy (SD) with known experts in the field, and I am exploring STI development through the lens of SD.

What is the focus of your PhD?

My research focus explores the scientific diasporas and how their expertise can be harnessed through science diplomacy strategy for the development of STI in their home country.

What has been the highlight of your PhD so far?

The experience of mixing academic training with expert practitioners on STI policy and the skills to navigate this complex domain.

How would you describe the community at STEaPP?

STEaPP is a well-articulated transdisciplinary department with a unique style of teaching and engagement. It is an accommodating community with a commitment to see its members grow and become the best they can possibly be.

What are your future plans/aspirations?

My long-term plan is to build an independent think tank organisation for STI-related work, providing evidence that will support business growth in the public and private sectors.

What advice would you give to future PhD students?

Know and believe in what you want even if it disrupts the status quo.