Management Team






Olanrewaju Olaniyan is a Professor in the Department of Economics, and current Director, Centre for Sustainable development, University of Ibadan. He has over 20 years of research, consulting and tertiary teaching experience in Health and Population Economics, Economics of education, poverty and welfare analysis as well as social protection. He also has experience in social policy work in developing countries through which he had been able to interact and work with senior-level technocrats and officials. During 2003-4 he led a team organised by the National Planning Commission of Nigeria to prepare the Social Protection Policy for Nigeria.  He was engaged as a World Bank consultant in 2006 -2007 to assist the National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP) in Nigeria to develop her Participatory Poverty Monitoring and Evaluation framework. He was also a member of the national technical team that prepared the National Health Accounts for Nigeria in 2009. He was the team leader for Nigeria on the 5-country study on Shaping Social Protection in Nigeria: The National Transfer Accounts Approach, Research sponsored by the IDRC, Canada, October and which lasted for three years between 2008 and 2011. In 2013, he was engaged by the global office of the National Transfer Accounts, USA through the Foundation for Economic Education to lead a research team on Analysis of Economic Lifecycle Deficit and Demographic Dividends in Ghana. He has consulted widely for, and/or received research grants from many organizations/agencies. He was a Senior Associate Member, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom as well as visiting Research scholar to Cornell University, Ithaca, USA and University of Hawaii, USA. Olanrewaju was educated at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria where he obtained Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) (First Class Honours) Educational Management and Economics; and Ph.D., Economics.



Janice E. Olawoye is the Coordinator of the Sustainable Integrated Rural Development in Africa (SIRDA) Programme. She holds a PhD from the University of Ibadan. She is a Rural Sociologist in the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development in the University of Ibadan where she has taught courses on rural social change, rural social problems, rural sociology, social development and related topics for 32 years.  She was a former Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Ibadan. Continue Reading »





RASHEED O. OLANIYI is the Coordinator of the Leadership and Governance Programme. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History, University of Ibadan and former Sub-Dean (General) Faculty of Arts (2007-2009). He earned his PhD from Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria in 2004.  Before joining University of Ibadan, Rasheed Olaniyi was the Programmes Officer of the Center for Research. Continue Reading »



Dr. Raphael A. Alabi is the Coordinator of the Tourism and Development Programme. He was a Doctoral Research Fellow at the Brown University, Providence, U.S.A. from September, 1995 to June 1996 under the Ibadan – Brown Exchange Programme. He was also a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, University of Ghana, Legon from August 2009 to July 2010. He is a member of many Learned Societies including the Archaeological Association of Nigeria, Continue Reading »




Dr. I.O. Azeez is the Coordinator of the Indigenous Knowledge and Development Programme. He has over seventeen years practical experience as a forestry extension practitioner with thrust in forestry extension and rural sociology. He has served as an assistant lecturer at College of Agriculture, Jalingo, Taraba State between 1994 and 1995. He joined the Departement of Forest resources Management, University of Ibadan as an Assistant Lecturer in 1997 and has risen Continue Reading »





Olawale Emmanuel Olayide is a Research Fellow and Coordinator of the Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Programme. He holds a PhD degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He has participated in several post-doctoral courses on environment and natural resources, including Agri-Green Management: Agri-Environmental Considerations under Climatic Changes held at the University, Jerusalem, Israel in May, 2013 (four weeks) Continue Reading »