Belinda Archibong is a Key Researcher on the RISE Nigeria team and an Assistant Professor of Economics at Barnard College (USA). Her research areas include development economics, political economy, economic history, and environmental economics with an African regional focus. Her research investigates the role of institutions and environment in inequality of access to public services and the development of human capital. She is a faculty affiliate at Columbia University's Center for Development Economics and Policy (CDEP), The Earth Institute at Columbia University, the Institute of African Studies, the Institute for Research in African-American Studies, the Columbia Population Research Center (CPRC), and the Center for Environmental Economics and Policy (CEEP). She received a BA in Economics/Philosophy and a PhD in Sustainable Development from Columbia University.