Dr Hoffmann is an associate fellow of the Africa Programme and technical advisor to the Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS). Her research focuses on Nigeria’s politics, corruption, security and trade. She is currently involved in researching the political economy of the food security and agricultural policy agenda of the Sahel and West Africa.
From 2013 to 2015, Leena was a Marie Curie research fellow at the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) working on the impact of border politics on West Africa’s regional trade.
Previously a research fellow with the Chatham House Africa Programme in 2013, she has also worked as an investigator for the Anti-Corruption Commission in Abuja, Nigeria.
Leena received her doctorate in African Studies from the University of Birmingham, her MA in International Relations from the University of Lancaster and her BA in Sociology from the University of Jos, Nigeria.
Areas of expertise
- Nigeria’s politics
- Democracy and patronage politics
- Food security and agricultural policy
- Perspectives on corruption and anti-corruption strategies
- Cross-border trade and cooperation in West Africa
- Regional security in West Africa
|2016 -||Technical Adviser to the Executive Secretariat of the Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) Oaugadougou|
|2015 -||Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House|
|2015-17||Research Consultant, Sahel and West África Club Secretariat, WAF Programme 2015-16, Paris|
|2013-15||Marie Curie Research Fellow, Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER), Luxembourg|
|2013||ERANDA Junior Research Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House|
|2005-07||Postgraduate Teaching Assistant, Centre of West African Studies, University of Birmingham|
|2001-03||Assistant Superintendent of Investigation, Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, Nigeria|
- Collective Action on Corruption in Nigeria: A Social Norms Approach to Connecting Society and Institutions Chatham House Report 17 May 2017
- Nigeria’s Booming Borders: The Drivers and Consequences of Unrecorded Trade Chatham House Report 7 December 2015
- Who Speaks for the North? Politics and Influence in Northern Nigeria Research paper 7 July 2014
- Violence in Southern Kaduna Threatens to Undermine Nigeria’s Democratic Stability 15 February 2017
- Boko Haram Is Not ISIS, But It's Still a Threat 10 February 2016
- Election Delay Threatens Democracy in Nigeria 13 February 2015
- Nigeria's Evolving Security Situation 25 April 2013
- The Roots of Neopatrimonialism: Opposition Politics and Popular Consent in Southwest Nigeria with Insa Nolte; in Wale Adebanwi & Ebenezer Obadare (ed), Democracy and Prebendal Politics in Nigeria: Critical Interpretations, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013