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Azeez Olaniyan

Prof. Dr. Azeez Olaniyan

Carson Fellow


Azeez Olaniyan is a senior lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti in Nigeria, where he is also the assistant director of the Institute of Peace, Security, and Governance. He completed his PhD in political science at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria in 2007. He obtained postdoctoral research fellowships from the American Council for Learned Societies (ACLS) for the African Humanities Progamme (AHP) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. In addition to teaching and supervising students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, he has conducted significant research in areas related to conflict and security, ethnic politics, social movements, and environmental politics. Lately, he has concentrated his research efforts on conflicts associated with environmental issues. In particular, he has conducted extensive research in Nigeria and Ghana on the phenomenon of famer-herder violent conflicts.

RCC Research Project: Forest Reserves as Security Threats in Nigeria

Lunchtime Colloquium Video - Forest Reserves as Security Threats in Nigeria

Selected publications:

  • with Aliyu Yahaya. “Cows, Bandits and Violent Conflicts: Understanding Cattle Rustling in Northern Nigeria.” Africa Spectrum 51, no. 3 (2016): 93–105.
  • with Michael Francis and Ufo Okeke-Uzodike. “The Cattle Are Ghanaians but the Herders Are Strangers: Farmer-Herder Conflicts, Expulsion Policy, and Pastoralist Question in Agogo, Ghana.” African Studies Quarterly 15, no. 2 (2015): 53–67.
  • “Africa’s Great Green Wall and the Lessons of History.” UNILAG Journal of Politics 7, no. 1 (2015): 56–72.
  • with Ufo Okeke-Uzodike. “Desperate Guests, Unwilling Hosts: Climate Change-Induced Migration and Farmer-Herder Conflicts in South-Western Nigeria.” Conflict Studies Quarterly 10, no. 1 (2015): 23–40.
  • with Lucky Asuelimeh. “Boko Haram Insurgency and the Widening of Cleavages in Nigeria.” African Security 7, no. 2 (2014): 1–19.
  • “The Demographic Nightmare: Population Boom and Security Challenges in Africa.” In “The State of Human Security in Africa: Assessment of Institutional Preparedness,” edited by Roba Sharamo and Chris Ayangafac, Monograph 185 (2011): 69–83, https://issafrica.s3.amazonaws.com/site/uploads/Mono_185_Complete.pdf.