Dr Stella Oluwaseun

Dr Stella Oluwaseun


I was born and raised in Nigeria where I attended the University of Nigeria Nsukka for my Bachelor's degree and the University of Lagos for a postgraduate diploma.

I have over eight years’ experience working in the charity sector in Nigeria on various issues such as providing education to street children in Lagos and empowering women in management and business.

I am a Ford International Fellow and hold a Master's degree in International Development Policy from Duke University, USA and a PhD in Sociology and Social Policy from the University of Nottingham.

My Master’s project was focused on policy options for providing primary education to street children in Nigeria, while my PhD research on International Student Migration explored gendered experience of international student migration rooted in patriarchal ideology among a group of Nigerian Christian female students enrolled in postgraduate studies in UK Higher Education. 

I joined the University of Leeds in 2019 as a Teaching Fellow in the School of Sociology and Social Policy. I had a one year stint in the School of Education as a Teaching Fellow in Childhood Studies in the 2022/23 academic year before returning to the School of Sociology and Social Policy in the 2023/24 acadmic year. I teach across several undergraduate and postgraduate taught modules.

Prior to Leeds, I had been part of the teaching teams in social policy modules at the University of Nottingham since 2010.  I also taught in the two international colleges in Nottingham – the University of Nottingham International College (TUNIC) and Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC).

I likewise have experience in pedagogical research having held a research position in Internationalizing the Curriculum at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) from June 2016 to July 2017.

While at NTU, I contributed to scholarly output in pedagogy via the pilot of the Global Voices in Sciences project. The aim of the project was to better integrate international students into the university and international perspectives in the teaching of Sciences. The Global Voices in Sciences project was highly recommended for the UK Council for International Students Affairs (UKCISA) Paul Webley Award for Innovation in International Education 2017.

My research interests include street children, family policy, internationalisation of the curriculum, migration and transnationalism. I am currently working on a collaborative project in the area of out-of-school children with a specific interest in street children in Lagos, Nigeria.


  • Programme Manager, MSc Inequalities and the Social Sciences
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  • PhD, Sociology and Social Policy
  • MA, International Development Policy
  • PGD, Manpower Economics and Planning

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Student education

I teach across modules in the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. I also teach qualitative research methods at the postgraduate level. 

I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations. I am also an academic personal tutor.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for African Studies
  • Centre for Research on Families, The Life Course and Generations