Department of Conflict Resolution Studies Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences – Department of Conflict Resolution Studies

First Advisor

Elena Bastidas

Second Advisor

Robin Cooper

Third Advisor

Judith McKay


educational attainment, human development, Imo State University (Nigeria), industrial relations, social research, social studies, strike action


This research focused on the effect of the university strikes from 2012 to 2017, on students of Imo State University, in the Imo State of Nigerian. The study used a qualitative methodology, specifically, transcendental phenomenology. In-depth interviews were used to collect data. Eight student participants (alumni), who had attended Imo State University were interviewed. Appropriate approval was obtained from the Nova Southeastern University Institutional Review Board (IRB). The meaning of the student’s lived experience was analyzed. The researcher identified the main causes of strike action and its effect on students at Imo State University and the conflict among its stakeholders.

This study revealed that ASUU strike action had a negative impact on the application of university curricula. The findings of the study showed that strike action affected the student’s graduation. In a four-year degree program, students end up earning a bachelor in six or seven years. Another factor to consider is the disruption in academic programs because of the effect of strike action on the quality and quantity of students’ learning habits. Strike action had a negative effect on students’ learning abilities, and those students lost preparedness and readiness to learn at the time of strike; hence their educational attainment became adversely affected. It is recommended that the government and other educational stakeholders stand up to their responsibility and stabilize the education system while stamping out strike actions in the system for effective human development in the field of social studies.