I am a Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Diplomacy, I oversee the academic delivery and management of this specialist course and provide students with varied learning experience through which they develop necessary skills and training required for a career in international politics and diplomacy. I run study visits to a number of international institutions such as the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG), the European Parliament in Brussels, where students learn about key functions of international political institutions and the role these institutions play in promoting democracy, world peace, political stability and development around the world. I coordinate work-based learning for all International Relations and Diplomacy students through external opportunities for internships and vocational training.
I currently teach a number of core modules in International Relations and Diplomacy. These include Introduction to International Relations and Global Development, International Institutions and Diplomacy, Independent Study in International Relations and Diplomacy, Internship/Vocational module and Global Watch: International Events and the Media
My teaching/research interests include International Studies, Global Development and Population Studies. I am also interested in Statistical/ and Quantitative Techniques as tools to help our analysis of the real world.. I have carried out teaching/research engagements in a number of academic institutions in the UK and abroad. I originally qualified in geography up to PhD level and was a lecturer specialising in human geography in both Nigeria and the UK, specializing in development studies.
I was always interested in societal and community issues and with my background in developing countries, I helped develop a course called Third World Development for the University of Derby. This course examined issues about poverty: why some countries are rich and why some are poor and how this gap could be narrowed. After several successful years of running this course, I began to realise that in today’s world, poverty is always related to politics, so my research branched into international relations and politics.
I completed another master’s degree in International Relations at the University of Nottingham and that eventually led to me creating the current International Relations and Diplomacy degree programme for which I currently serve as Programme Leader.
In 2001/2 I undertook a major piece of research work for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Opportunities Industrialisation Centres International (OICI). They wanted research to be conducted on- the-ground in Nigeria, so they could understand what the country needed in terms of workforce development and aid. The project was a success and since then, I’ve done further consultancy work for other organisations including the European Regional Development funded project of Derby City Partnership.
My current research interests include terrorism and global security. I am particularly interested in the political economy of violence with regards to the rise of state and non-state armed groups.
Experience in industry
My knowledge of international institutions and my educational training in different social science subjects together with contacts I have developed over the years with international organisations have given me the opportunity to approach international relations and politics from an inter-disciplinary perspective.
Additional interests and activities
In my spare time, I teach dance as a hobby as a way of promoting community relations and social well being through physical exercise. People from all walks of life come together to dance, learn about Afro-Latin cultures and enjoy themselves at these events held once a month in Derbyshire.
Media article on Greece’s Economic Crisis – ‘Continue to reach across the globe and ther will be rewards for all’ Derby Evening Telegraph (Business Weekly), 17thApril 2013, pp 12.
Dance4 Google Conversation No. 6 on Immigration - how dance and arts are used to explore pressing social issues.