Temitayo Isaac Odeyemi
After BSc (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE), I completed MSc (Political Science), with a thesis that explored policing structure and insecurity in Nigeria. Both degrees were completed at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, where I am now a Lecturer in Political Science. While growing up, I gave practical drive to my interest in media, working as an intern with a Radio Nigeria FM station in my home state of Osun, and presenting programmes in sports, youth and global affairs.
I also have interest in volunteering, especially in environment, sustainable development and elections. My compulsory year of national service with Nigeria’s National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) was mainly devoted to working as Development Knowledge Facilitator and Secretary of the Millennium (now Sustainable) Development Goals Awareness Creation volunteer group in Ilorin, Kwara State, north-central Nigeria. I worked as ad-hoc staff with Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the conduct of the 2015 and 2019 nationwide elections. These activities have galvanised further interests in research on climate governance and electoral administration.
My current research draws on my interests in governance and public engagement practices of public institutions in sub-Saharan Africa, with primary focus on Nigeria and South Africa. I have been involved in research, some of which appear as journal articles and book chapters, on how public institutions and organisations including the Nigeria Police Force, national legislatures, subnational legislatures, electoral stakeholders and government agencies engage citizens, especially through the use of technologies.
My PhD programme at the University of Leeds runs under the auspices of the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), as well as the Centre for Democratic Engagement (CDE), the Centre for Global Development (CGD) and the Centre for African Studies (LUCAS) . My research is on legislatures and public engagement in southwest Nigeria, with specific focus on Lagos State. The research draws on the argument that with respect to how democracy evolves and stabilises, the extant literature leaves significant gaps in understanding Nigeria’s progress from strict procedural norms of constitutions, representative legislatures and voting rights, to adding substantive quality in terms of how the people’s voices are heard and how their will is factored into governance, in the period between elections. It argues that the legislature, as the voice of the people in governance, is the core institution suitable for promoting democratic inclusion and public engagement. However, while the question of legislative public engagement has become an important issue in research and practice elsewhere, not much attention has been devoted to how Nigeria’s legislatures operate as instruments of accountability, openness and inclusivity, and potential purveyors of public engagement. In addressing this important gap, it focuses on Lagos State, Nigeria’s preeminent subnational entity and economic powerhouse, using a multilevel governance approach to explore how the State House of Assembly and MPs from the state in the federal House of Representatives promote public engagement.
The study is embedded in participatory democracy looking beyond periodic elections to explore how the legislative institution and elected legislators facilitate citizens’ sense of belonging in governance. Legislative public engagement practices, in this context, are interpreted as what the legislature does to promote public involvement in its traditional activities of law making, representation and oversight on the one hand, and parallel public relations strategies such as educational outreach and tours, use of online tools, etc., on the other hand. ‘Public’, in this sense, is interpreted to mean non-state citizen stakeholders outside of the parliament – civil society actors such as NGOs, community based organisations/associations, the media, professional associations, everyday citizens and so forth.
My specific research interests:
- Comparative legislatures
- Public engagement
- Digital governance
- Police accountability
- Climate governance
- Youth and politics
My recent publications
- Odeyemi, T. I., & Abati, O. O. (2020). When disconnected institutions serve connected publics: subnational legislatures and digital public engagement in Nigeria. The Journal of Legislative Studies, 1-24. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13572334.2020.1818928
- Olaopa, O. R., and Odeyemi, T. I. (2020). The media, politics and governance in Nigeria. In E. O. Oni, O. M. Fagbadebo and D. A. Yagboyaju (eds.), Democratic Practice and Governance in Nigeria (pp. 70-86). Routledge, Taylor & Francis. DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003029540-5
- Odeyemi, T. I. (2020). Regional Integration and the Political Economy of Morocco’s Desire for Membership in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). In S. O. Oloruntoba (ed.), Pan Africanism, Regional Integration and Development in Africa (pp. 97-123). Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-34296-8_6
- Odeyemi, T. I. and Abioro. T. (2019). Digital Technologies, Online Engagement and Parliament-Citizen Relations in Nigeria and South Africa. In O. M. Fagbadebo and F. A. Ruffin (Eds.), Perspectives on the Legislature and the Prospects of Accountability in Nigeria and South Africa (pp. 217 – 232). Springer. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-93509-6_12
- Odeyemi, T. I. and Obiyan, A. S. (2018). Digital policing technologies and democratic policing: Will the internet, social media and mobile phone enhance police accountability and police–citizen relations in Nigeria? International Journal of Police Science & Management, Volume 20 Issue II (pp. 97-108). Sage. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1461355718763448
- Odeyemi, T. I. and Obiyan, A. S. (2018). Exploring the subsidiarity principle in policing and the operations of the Nigeria Police Force. African Security Review, Volume 27, Issue 1 (pp.42-60). Routledge, Taylor and Francis. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/10246029.2017.1383924
- M.Sc. Political Science
- B.Sc. Politics, Philosophy and Economics
Research groups and institutes
- Centre for Democratic Engagement
- Centre for African Studies
- Centre for Global Development