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Akinyemi Oyawale

Akin Oyawale

Assistant Professor 
Tel: +44(0)24765 23931

Office: D1.31

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About Me

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.

Teaching Responsibilities

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.

Selected Publications

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.


Twitter: @akinoyawale