Dr Olalekan Adekola

Dr Olalekan Adekola

I joined the Department of Geography as a Lecturer in January 2018. I have over 10 years’ international experience of teaching and research in British and Nigerian universities. I hold a Bachelor of Technology in Geography from Federal University of Technology, Yola, Nigeria; a MSc in Environmental Sciences from Wageningen University, The Netherlands; and a Ph.D. in Geography from University of Leeds, United Kingdom.

My PhD thesis focused on “the roles of the institutions and networks in environmental management”. After my PhD, I worked as a tutor in the University of Glasgow where I lectured on the research methods module as well as undertook research projects in learning and teaching unit. Prior to joining York St John University, I worked as a Research Fellow in the Centre for Floods, Communities and Resilience, the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol. I worked on a project titled “Adaptation of urban infrastructure to enhance climate resilience in Nigeria”. I have been a recipient some fellowships including the prestigious Commonwealth Academic Fellowship.

Further Information


Over the last ten years I have taught a number of courses at various levels, including courses in human geography, environmental management and qualitative research methods. I have a keen interest in research led teaching, and I am in the process of gaining the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP).

Currently I am responsible for the Geography 2nd year module “Sustainability: Global Environmental Challenges” and I am also involved in teaching on the 1st year module “Geography Fieldwork Studies”.


I have research interests in the areas of environmental management, ecosystem services assessments and social and political dynamics of flood risk recovery and response. I use interdisciplinary perspectives to understand and solve environmental challenges by feeding findings and outputs of academic research into policy.

I would be interested in supervising on topics such as:

  • Ecosystem services and livelihoods
  • Climate change and agriculture
  • Disaster risk management (i.e. social and political dynamics of flood risk response and recovery)
  • Research using environmental systems analysis tools (e.g. life cycle analysis, multi-criteria analysis, cost benefit analysis) for decision making


Peer-reviewed scientific articles

Adekola, O; & Lamond, J. (2017). A media framing analysis of urban flooding in Nigeria: Current narratives and implications for policy. Regional Environmental Change.

Adekola, J; Fischbacher-Smith, M; Fischbacher-Smith, D; Adekola, O. (2017) Health risks from environmental degradation in the Niger Delta, Nigeria. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 35(2), 334-354.

Cheng, M; Adekola, O; Shah, M; Valyrakis, N. (2016). Exploring Chinese Students’ Experience of Curriculum Internationalisation: A Comparative Study of Scotland and Australia. Studies in Higher Education.

Whanda, S; Adekola, O; Adamu, B; Pandey, P; Ogwu, F; Yahaya, S. (2016). Geo-Spatial Analysis of oil spill Distribution and Susceptibility in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria. Journal of Geographic Information System, 8(4), 438-456.

Adekola, O., Mitchell, G; Grainger, A. (2015). Inequality and ecosystem services: The value and social distribution of Niger Delta wetland services. Ecosystem Services, 12, 42-54.

Adekola, O., Bashir, A.; Kasimu, A. M. (2015). Physico-chemical characteristics of borehole water quality in Gassol Taraba State, Nigeria. African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 9(2), 143-154.

Adekola, O & Terdoo, F. (2015). Integrating Ecosystem Services Approach in Achieving Development Goals: The Role of the Geographer. Journal of Environment and Earth, 5,(4), 92-100.

Terdoo, F., & Adekola, O. (2014). Perceptions, Knowledge, Adaptation and Socio-Economic Cost of Climate Change in Northern Nigeria. Journal of Agricultural Science, 6(8), p60.

Terdoo, F., & Adekola, O. (2014). Assessing the role of climate-smart agriculture in combating climate change, desertification and improving rural livelihood in Northern Nigeria. African Journal of Agricultural Research 9 (15):1180-1191.

Chan, F.K.S., Mitchell, G; Cheng, X; Adekola, O; McDonald, A. (2013) Developing a Sustainable Flood Risk Appraisal (SFRA) framework for the Pearl River Delta. Environment and Urbanization ASIA, 4: 301-323.

Chan, F.K.S., Adekola, O., McDonald, A., Mitchell, G. (2013) Appraising sustainable flood risk management in the Pearl River Delta’s coastal mega-cities: A case study of Hong Kong, China. Journal of Water and Climate Change. 4,4, 390–409.

Chan, F.K.S., Adekola, O., Ng, C.N.,  Mitchell, G., McDonald, A. (2013) Coastal Flood-Risk Management Practice in Tai O Town, Hong Kong. Environmental Practice, 15:201–219.

Chan, F.K.S., Adekola, O., Mitchell, G., Ng, C.N., McDonald, A. (2013) Towards Sustainable Flood Risk Management in the Chinese Coastal Megacities. A Case Study of Practice in the Pearl River Delta. Irrigation and Drainage, 4, 501–509.

Chan, F. K. S., Mitchell, G., Adekola, O. & Mcdonald, A. (2012). Flood Risk in Asia’s Urban Mega-deltas, Drivers, Impacts and Response. Environment and Urbanization ASIA, 3, 41-61.

Abubakar, B. & Adekola, O. 2012. Assessment of borehole water quality in Yola-Jimeta Metropolis, Nigeria. International Journal of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, 4.

Adekola, O., Whanda, S. & Ogwu, F. (2012). Assessment of Policies and Legislation that Affect Management of Wetlands in Nigeria. Wetlands, 32, 665-677.

Adekola, O., Morardet, S., De Groot, R. & Grelot, F. (2012). Contribution of provisioning services of the Ga-Mampa wetland, South Africa, to local livelihoods. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management, 8, 248-264.

Adekola, O. & Mitchell, G. (2011). The Niger Delta wetlands: threats to ecosystem services, their importance to dependent communities and possible management measures. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management, 7, 50-68.


Non-refereed scientific articles 

Oliveira, S., Burch, J., Hutchison, K., Adekola, O., Jaradat, S. and Jones, M. (2017) MMC modes of delivery in housing: Effects on Housing Association clients. Project Report. Flagship Group.

Chan, F; Loh, C; MacDonald, A; Mitchell, G, Adekola, O.A (2010) Rich Delta, Costly Flooding. Civic Exchange, Hong Kong.

Adekola, O.A (2007) Facilitating information exchange in ecosystem: Development of an interactive database. Unpublished internship report. Wageningen University, Netherlands.

Adekola, O.A (2004) Poverty Depth Appraisal: A Case Study of Oju LGA of Benue State. 2003. Unpublished Community Development Project Report submitted to National Youth Service Corps, Benue State, Nigeria.


Conference papers and presentations

Terdoo, F.; Adekola, O (2015) Exploring institutional dimension of climate-smart agriculture in Nigeria In: Third International Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA), 16 – 18 March, 2015, Montpellier, France.

Adekola, O; Fanen, F (2015) How smart is Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA)? – Lessons from Northern Nigeria Nigeria In: Third International Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA), 16 – 18 March, 2015, Montpellier, France.

Adekola, O.; Terdoo, F (2014) A call to Nigerian Geographers: managing environments using ecosystem services approach. In 55th Annual Conference of Association of Nigerian Geograpers (ANG), 7th April – 13th April, 2014, Abuja, Nigeria.

Adekola, O. (2011) West African Lakes: Uses and Threats In: 14th World Lake Conference, 31st October 2011 – 4th November 2011, Austin, Texas, United State of America.

Adekola, O.; Morardet, S.; Groot, R.S. de; Grelot, F. (2008) Economic value of provisioning services and livelihood dependence on the Ga-Mampa wetland, South Africa In: 13th IWRA World Water congress, 1 - 4 September, 2008, Montpellier, France. - Montpellier : 13th IWRA World Water congress.

Adekola, O.; Morardet, S.; Grelot, F.; Groot, R.S. de (2007) The value of provisioning services and livelihood dependence on the Ga-Mampa wetland, South Africa In: 8th Waternet/WARFSA Symposium, Livingstone, 30th October – 3rd November 2007. 8th Waternet/WARFSA Symposium, Livingstone.


Publications intended for the general public

Adekola, O (2013) The Inconsistency of the Flood Narrative in Nigeria. e-International Relations, 4th February 2013.

Adekola, O (2011) Sacred to sacrilege: Oil smears the gods but awakens the youth. Earth Collective Seasonal News Letter 12

Professional Activities

Journal Reviewing Activities: International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management; International Journal of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering; Management of Environmental Quality; Risk Management; WETLANDS

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