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I am an Assistant Professor in International Security and the course director for MA in International Relations. I hold a Bachelors in Politics and Psychology from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, a Masters in International Security from the University of Sussex, and a PhD in Politics from the University of East Anglia, Norwich. I have over 9 years of teaching experience at both secondary and post-secondary levels and my teaching philosophy is underpinned by the idea of NLB - Nobody Left Behind. In terms of teaching experience at tertiary institutional level in the UK, I was formerly an Associate Tutor in Politics and International Relations at the University of East Anglia until July 2019 where I won the Arts and Humanities Outreach and Public Engagement Prize in 2018 and was a finalist for the Arts and Humanities Teaching Prize in 2019. Outside of teaching and research, I am a casual boxer and a community development leader with multiple awards such as Rivers State award for excellence (2011) and the much coveted Nigerian Presidential National Youth Service Corps award (2012) in my collection.
I am the current course director for MA in International Relations and module convener for PO926: Theories and Issues in International RelationsLink opens in a new window. I have delivered guest lectures on first and third year modules on security and race in IR.
Research Interests and PhD Supervision
I am interested in investigating terrorism, counterterrorism, radicalization, extremism, postcolonial studies, vernacular security and much broader aspects of international security, which is an extension of my PhD thesis where I examined how Boko Haram and state counterterrorism have interacted to impact on the (in)security of citizens in Northeast Nigeria. I am available for PhD supervision on topics related to terrorism and counterterrorism (from a critical perspective), radicalisation, violent extremism and 'bottom-up' (in)security within the Global South more broadly.
Current PhD Supervision (2nd):
Mr Usman AlabiLink opens in a new window. Thesis Title: The Political Economy of Counterterrorism in Nigeria.
Oyawale A. (Forthcoming 2023) ‘Ontological’ (In)Security Under Postcolonial Conditions: Countering Violent Extremism in Nigeria. In Heath-Kelly C and Gruber B (eds) Vulnerability: Governing the Social through Security Politics. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Oyawale A. (2022) The Impact of (Counter-)Terrorism on Public (In)Security in Nigeria: A Vernacular AnalysisLink opens in a new window.
Oyawale A. (2020) The 'Pied Piper' of Maiduguri: Boko Haram and Violent Extremism in Nigeria. In: Jackson R, Martini A and Ford K (eds) Encountering Extremism: A Critical Examination of Theoretical Issues and Local Challenges. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Cochrane, L. and Oyawale, A., 2019. The Conflict in Northeast Nigeria–Akin Oyawale. Nokoko, pp.1-15.
Proposed, Forthcoming & Ongoing Projects:
Grants: Co-Investigator on an ESRC grant proposal with Nick Vaughan-Williams (Warwick), Shirin Rai (SOAS) and Thom Tyerman (Warwick).
Conferences/Workshops: Vernacular Security Workshop in autumn 2023 and a special issue on twenty years of vernacular security research, with Lee Jarvis (UEA) and Michael Lister (Oxford Brookes).
Book Project: Vernacular (in)security in the global south: Boko Haram and (In)security in Nigeria
Articles: Race and the State in IR; The Political Economy of (In)Security in Africa; Researching the (In)security of Displaced Persons: A Critical Ethnographic Approach, etc.