Our Founding Researchers

The Centre for Social Protection and Policy Studies operates through academics and researchers with a diverse portfolio. Our founding members have been involved in social protection and policy studies for decades.

  1. Dr Omolara Quadri's research focus is on health policy and politics, poverty, gender and development studies. Dr Quadri was a visiting scholar in the Department of Political Science and International Affairs, Kennesaw State University, United States (2011). She was a Commonwealth Professional Scholar, Roehampton University, United Kingdom in 2012. She was a Fellow of the American Political Science Association (APSA) Africa Workshop at Maputo, Mozambique in 2014.
  2. Dr Olusegun Temilolu is an erudite scholar and social scientist of multiple parts of sociology, social work and social demography. He is a development expert working with both the youths as well as the elderly to become more actively involved and equipped to contribute their quota to human society. His research interests cut across social gerontology, development studies, social aspects of law and public health.
  3. Dr Olubanji Akinola holds a PhD and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada; a Master of Arts (M.A.) in International Studies (Political Science) from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland; a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc. Honours) in Political Science from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria; and has studied as a graduate exchange student at the Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea. With more than twenty (20) peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed publications in the past five years, Dr Akinola has, and continues to make, significant contributions to knowledge in his areas of specialization in African politics, social protection, governance, and the political economy of development. His 2015 journal article titled, “Boko Haram Insurgency in Nigeria: Between Islamic Fundamentalism, Politics, and Poverty” (African Security, 8.1: 1-29), currently ranks amongst the four most read articles published in African Security since 2008, and number one among articles published in the past five years in the same journal.
  4. Gbenga Akinlolu Shadare is completing his doctoral degree (PhD) at the University of Sheffield where he is currently researching social protection systems in developing countries, including Nigeria. In the last few years, Gbenga has been in the forefront of actively promoting and canvassing the adoption of social policy programmes (including social protection and social work) in the global South. He is a graduate of the University of Ibadan (1986), where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree. He also holds an MBA degree of the Lagos State University, followed by Executive Management Certificate for CEOs of Small-Medium Enterprises (Owners Management Programme – OMP) of the Lagos Business School. Upon relocating to the United Kingdom in 2007, Gbenga completed an MA in Public Policy at the University of Nottingham. He is passionate about social development in sub-Saharan African. Gbenga has presented and participated in workshops/seminars/courses in various countries including South Africa, Rwanda, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Ghana, Hong Kong, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Ireland, UK, USA and Canada. He worked in telecommunications and financial services for over 20 years and consulted for the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Ghanaian government on Payments Systems, Cheque Standards and Security Printing. He also worked in different countries of Africa and he is the founder of Investment Alliance Ltd., The Watermark WA Ltd, The Anti-Fraud Foundation Nigeria, Africa@UK Limited, Triple AG (3AAAG) UK Ltd and The All-African Postgraduate Research Network (AAPoRG) at the University of Sheffield.
  5. 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.
  6. Dr Oluseyi Adetunji Shadare is an Associate Professor, University of Lagos and is currently the Head, Department of Employment Relations and Human Resource. He obtained Bachelor of Arts and Master of Industrial Relations degrees from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He earned his PhD from the same University in Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from University of Lagos. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2006. Dr Shadare has over 20years experience in the financial services sector and resigned as a Director from Industrial & General Insurance Plc (IGI) in 2010. He has extensive experience in the field of Human Resource Management, Industrial Relations, Insurance Marketing, Labour Law and Public Policy. He teaches at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels at the University of Lagos. His research interests are: Industrial Relations, Human Resource Management, and Employment Relations. He has also published several articles, book chapters, and conference papers on diverse topics. He is a member of several professional bodies including Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPMN), Chartered Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (CIMN) and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA). He was an Assistant Coordinator of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme, University of Lagos between 2012 and 2015. He currently coordinates the MSc, MILR and MELS programmes of his department and is an associate lecturer/External examiner to many universities in Nigeria. Dr Seyi Shadare is a Director in some blue-chip companies in Nigeria and serves as the Chair, Board of Directors of Dorean School Limited. He is happily married with children.
  7. Dr Michael Odijie completed his doctorate (PhD) in politics at the University of Sheffield. He is currently a postdoctoral research at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. He is also a director of Africa@UK Limited and 3AAG UK Ltd. His doctoral research examined the effects on West African countries of historical and contemporary trade and development agreements with the European Union. Michael has published in International History Review, The Review of African Political Economy, the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, Social Dynamics, the Journal of Contemporary African Studies and World Development.
  8. Prof Risikat Oladoyin Dauda is a Professor of Economics of the University of Lagos. She holds a M.Sc. degree in Economics from Kharkov Institute of Engineering and Economics (now known as Simon Kuznets Kharkiv National University of Economics), Kharkov, Ukraine in 1993 and a Ph.D. degree in Economics from Kharkov State University (now known as V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University), Kharkov, Ukraine in 1996 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) at the University of Lagos in 2012. Her research interests include Development Economics, Applied Economics, Economics of Education and Human Capital, Poverty, Income Distribution Issues and Human Development, Gender and Development Studies, and Development Finance. She has participated in several development projects. Professor Dauda has served the University of Lagos meritoriously in several capacities. She became a full member of Senate of the University of Lagos in August, 2016. She was appointed Deputy Director (Media Services and Course Materials Development) of the Distance Learning Institute, University of Lagos (2014-2016). She is the current Head, Department of Economics (2017 till date). She is actively involved in the supervision of Masters and Doctoral students. She is widely published in learned local and international journals. Prof. Risikat Dauda is a development economist with more than 20 years of experience in research, teaching and consultancy on issues of African development.
  9. Dr. Stella Oluwaseun attended the University of Nigeria Nsukka for her Bachelor's degree and the University of Lagos for a postgraduate diploma. For over eight years’ she worked in the charity sector in Nigeria and tackled issues such as empowering women in management and business and providing education to street children in Lagos. A Ford International Fellow, Stella completed her Master's degree in International Development Policy from Duke University, USA and PhD (Sociology and Social Policy) from the University of Nottingham. Her Master’s dissertation (Duke) investigated policy options for providing primary education to street children in Nigeria, while her PhD thesis researched International Student Migration through the gendered experiences of a group of Nigerian Christian female students enrolled in postgraduate studies in UK Higher Education to understand international student migration rooted in patriarchal ideology. Stella also held research position in Internationalising the Curriculum at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) from June 2016 to July 2017. While at NTU, she piloted a project (Global Voices in Sciences) to better integrate international students into the university and international perspectives in the teaching of Sciences, which was highly recommended for the UK Council for International Students Affairs (UKCISA) Paul Webley Award for Innovation in International Education 2017. Since 2018, Dr Stella Oluwaseun has been a Teaching Fellow/Lecturer at the University of Leeds's' School of Sociology and Social Policy






Dr Oludiran Akinleye

Development Economics



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Dr Omolara Quadri

Political Science

Public Policy


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Dr Olusegun Temilolu

Population and Youth Studies

Social Work


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Dr Gbenga Akinlolu Shadare

Social policy, social protection, sociology, public policy, social work

University of Sheffield


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Dr Michael Odijie

Political science, international development

University of Cambridge


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Dr Oluseyi Shadare

Industrial and Labour relations, HR, Employment Studies

University of Lagos


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Dr Olabanji Akinola

Social protection, African politics, governance, political etc

Political Science & International Development


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Dr. Stella Oluwaseun

Social protection, sociology, international development

University of Leeds


Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos, Nigeria.
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