Professor Oludiran Simeon Akinleye obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture followed by M.Sc. and PhD degrees in Agricultural Economics with specialisation in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics. He has several years of experience in academic, research and allied fields. He also has broad range of experience in agricultural production systems, rural economy and food and nutrition management in Sub-Saharan Africa. He has written peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on this subject.
He has presented learned papers in local, regional and international conferences His doctoral thesis was on the Characteristics and Determinants of Household Food Demand in Nigeria. The research degree has spawned many sub-researches and publications. Professor Akinleye joined the services of the University of Lagos in September 2008 from the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) (formerly called Ogun State University) in Nigeria as a Senior Lecturer.
He has taught various sets of graduate and undergraduate students. At the University of Lagos, he has been instrumental in efforts to rejuvenate the Departmental Journal; and floated a study option in Environmental and Resource Economics; he also oversaw the review of the curriculum and reinvigorated the graduate programmes in the Department. He is currently the Chairman of the Postgraduate Programmes in the Department and has acted as Head of Department on a number of occasions. This is in addition to the myriad other posts and responsibilities he has since held within the University of Lagos system.
Diran has experience in developing countries and has broad experience and training in agricultural and food policy and rural finance systems. His work on development issues on the african continent has been in conjunction with noteworthy international institutions and organisations such as the USAID, IITA, CODESRIA, AERC and IFPRI. Dr Akinleye has done intensive research on a broad range of issues. These have ranged from researches on food and nutrition policy, project analyses and evaluation, resource and environmental economics and marketing and consumer economics.