Dr Adegbola Ojo

Dr Adegbola Ojo


My undergraduate training programme in Geography and Planning Sciences was completed at the University of Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria. I hold an MSc (UCL) in Geographic Information Science and a PhD (Sheffield) in Quantitative Human Geography. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

In my capacity as Director of Student Education I play a key strategic and coordinating role in developing, promoting and delivering the School's learning and teaching strategy and related initiatives. I also oversee the development and quality enhancement of the School's portfolio of programmes, and the student academic experience.

I believe that real-world challenges and opportunities are not necessarily compartmentalised into singular disciplines, therefore my mission in teaching, scholarship, research and service to the global community embraces transdisciplinary practices and philosophies. I joined the School as Associate Professor in Sociology and Social Policy with a key mandate to champion the University’s Curriculum Redefined Initiative. I am a passionate educator with a commitment to inspiring students and creating transformative, supportive and inclusive learning environments. I am also a visiting research academic at London Metropolitan University. I am part of the Advisory Board of the African International Documentary Festival Foundation (AFIDFF) where I also drive innovation, enterprise and knowledge exchange initiatives. I am a member of the International Advisory Board (IAB) and College of Collaborating Experts, Dominican University, Nigeria. I am also part of the UK-Nigeria Diaspora Covid-19 Response Consortium.

Prior to joining Leeds, I held various positions at the University of Lincoln, Liverpool John Moores University, London School of Economics and Political Science, the Yorkshire and Humber Public Health Observatory, Skills for Justice among others. At various times, I have been Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator, Named Researcher and Consultant on major transdisciplinary research programmes and projects.

My recent books include Social Revolutions and Governance Aspirations of African Millennials (Springer); GIS and Machine Learning for Small Area Classifications in Developing Countries (Taylor and Francis); and Urbanisation and Crime in Nigeria (Palgrave Macmillan).


  • Director of Student Education

Research interests

My research sits at the intersection of humanitarian decision sciences, social justice and societal prosperity. Key aspects of my research and practice have focused on the ways societies across the world meet human needs for safety, justice, socio-economic, governance and related policy needs. My research embraces innovative multi-method approaches which subsume deep integration of interdisciplinary theory and advanced mixed-methods research practices. My work seeks to address how states and societies respond to global challenges of social, demographic and economic change, and of crime, human security and globalisation.

I am also interested in understanding and representing the socio-economic and spatial dynamics and intricacies of population behaviour within a framework of interdisciplinary studies, quantitative social science and computer modelling. Research activities within this stream are grouped around the development and application of small area classifications, geographic information systems and geographic information science for informing public policy. My primary research and primary application domains are bolstered by impact-focused pedagogical activities underpinned by international best practices in Learning, Teaching and Assessment.

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  • PhD Human Geography
  • MSc Geographic Information Science
  • BSc (Hons) Geography and Planning Sciences

Professional memberships

  • Regional Science Association International - British and Irish Section
  • International Microsimulation Association
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