Dr Olorunfemi is currently an Associate Professor in the Social and Governance Policy Research Department in the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research, Ibadan, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD in Geography in 2004 from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria with funding assistance from the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA). He concluded a 6 months Fellowship in 2009 with the Climate Systems Analysis Group in the University of Cape Town, South Africa where he worked on flood risk management in the informal settlements in the City of Cape Town. The Fellowship was awarded under the African Climate Change Fellowship Programme by Global Change Systems for Analysis, Research and Training (START), Washington DC, USA and funded by International Development Research Council and Department for International Development. He was among those awarded the 2011/2012 Global Environmental Change Research in Africa by START and was engaged in inter-university collaborative research with 5 scholars from three institutions. They conducted research on natural resource management and livelihoods in the Nigerian Savanna. In addition to several journal articles, local and international conference presentations and a Policy Brief, the outcome of the research has been published in a book. He was also engaged in a three year (2012-2015) collaborative research led by scholars from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. The research, “China Goes Global: The Impact of Chinese Hydropower Dams in Developing Countries”, was funded by the United Kingdom Economic and Social Research Council. The study was conducted in four countries including Malaysia, Ghana, Nigeria and Cambodia.

Furthermore, he has engaged with international institutions and projects including the Global Environmental Change and Human Security (GECHS), University of Oslo, Norway. The outcome of three international engagements with this project resulted to the publication of an article in 2011 by 11 authors from different countries titled “When not every response to climate change is a good one: Identifying the pathways of sustainable adaptation” (Climate and Development, 3(2011) 7-20).  Engagement with Urbanisation and Global Environmental Change (UGEC) Project at the Arizona State University has also led to publication in UGEC Viewpoints and a 2015 blog titled “An evaluation of the effectiveness of early warning system for urban flooding in Nigeria (https://ugecviewpoints.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/the-effectiveness-of-early-warning-systems-in-the-management-of-urban-flooding-in-nigeria/)

In summary, he has 35 journal articles, 15 book chapters, 2 books, 5 Monographs/working papers, 3 short communications, 3 conference proceedings, 1 blog article, 34 international conferences and once a Guest Editor of Joto Africa. In addition to his primary job as a researcher, he taught post graduate students in Disaster Risk Management in the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria and currently teaches post graduate students in Climate Change and Human Security in the University of Lome, Togo under the West Africa Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Landuse (WASCAL) funded by the German Government.

Selected Publications

  • Felix Olorunfemi, Mayowa Fasona, Grace Oloukoi, Peter Elias and Vide Adedayo (2016) Traditional Knowledge in the Use and Management of Forest Ecosystem for Livelihoods and Food Security in Nigerian Savanna. J Hum Ecol, 53(2): 167-175
  • Fasona, Mayowa; Fabusoro, Eniola; Sodiya, Comfort; Adedayo, Vide; Olorunfemi, Felix; Elias, Peter Omu; Oyedepo, John; and Oloukoi, Grace (2016) “Some Dimensions of Farmers’-Pastoralists’ Conflicts in the Nigerian Savanna,” Journal of Global Initiatives: Policy, Pedagogy, Perspective: Vol. 10: No. 2, Article 7. Available at:  http://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/jgi/vol10/iss2/7
  • Senay Habtezion , Ibidun Adelekan , Emmanuel Aiyede , Frank Biermann , Margaret Fubara, Christopher Gordon , Kwabena Gyekye , Emmanuel Kasimbazi , Robert Kibugi , Elaine Lawson, Adelina Mensah, Chipo Mubaya, Felix Olorunfemi, Alexander Paterson, Debay Tadesse, Raheem Usman and Ruben Zondervan (2015) Earth System Governance in Africa: knowledge and capacity needs. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 14:198-205
  • Peter Elias, Mayowa Fasona, Vide Adedayo, Felix Olorunfemi and Grace Adeniji (2014) “Adaptive capacity to climate change in the Nigerian Savannah” Unilag Journal of Humanities. Vol 2 No 1 pp 151-164
  • Fasona, M.J, Oloukoi, G. Olorunfemi, F.B, Elias, P and Adedayo, V. (2014) Natural Resources Management and Livelihoods in the Nigerian Savanna. Pet Publishers, Ibadan.
  • Olufemi Taiwo, Femi Olokesusi, John Adeoti, Adesoji Adesanya, Felix Olorunfemi, Louis Chete, Ademola Adeagbo and Olumuyiwa Alaba (2015) “Growth and Greening of the Nigerian Economy: An Analysis of Current Status and Future Prospects” Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER), Ibadan, Nigeria. Pp 190.
  • Olorunfemi, F.B and Onwuemele, A. (2014) “Socio-Economic Dimensions of Vulnerability to Flooding in Lagos Metropolis” Sokoto Journal of the Social Sciences. Vol. 4, No.1 pp 103-118
  • Olokesusi, F., Olorunfemi, F.B., Onwuemele, A., Oke, M.O. (2015) “Awareness of and Responses to the 2011 Flood Warnings among Vulnerable Communities in Lagos, Nigeria”. In: Berno Werlen (Ed) Global Sustainability: Cultural Perspectives and Challenges for Transdisciplinary Integrated Research pp 203-223 Springer International Publishing Switzerland. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-16477-9_11
  • Grace Oloukoi, Mayowa Fasona, Felix Olorunfemi, Vide Adedayo and Peter Elias (2014) “Dealing With Rainfall Variability for food Production in the Nigerian Savanna” In: Walter, Leal (Ed) Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014 DOI: 10.1007/SpringerReference_369239. http://www.springerreference.com/index/chapterdbid/369239
  • Onwuemele, A. and Olorunfemi, F.B (2014) “Rapid Urbanisation and Flood Risk Convergence: An Analysis of Impacts, Institutional Response and Coping Strategies in Lagos Megacity” In: Gbadegesin, A.S.,Orimoogunje, O.O, Eze P. and Fashae, O.A (Eds) Frontiers in Environmental Research and Sustainable Development in the 21st Century. University of Ibadan Press.
  • Ayeni, A.O. and Olorunfemi, F.B (2014) “Reflections on Environmental Security, Indigenous Knowledge and the Implications for Sustainable Development in Nigeria”. Journal of Research in National Development (JORIND), Vol 12 No 1, June 2014. Pp 46-57.
  • Grace Oloukoi, Mayowa Fasona, Felix Olorunfemi, Vide Adedayo and Peter Elias (2014) “A Gender Analysis of Perceived Climate Change Trends and Ecosystem Adaptation  in the Nigerian Wooded Savanna” Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity. Special Issue on Gender and Climate Change. Vol 23, Issue 3, pp 16-33. DOI:10.1080/10130950.2014.949477
  • Vide Adedayo, Mayowa Fasona, Felix Olorunfemi, Peter Elias, and Grace Oloukoi (2013): An Evaluation of Policy on Natural Resource Management and Its Impacts on Rural Livelihoods In Nigeria. The Nigerian Journal of  Business and Social Studies, 7(1), pp 49-71, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lagos
  • Raheem, U.A. and Olorunfemi, F.B (2013) “Urban Vulnerability and Adaptation to Extreme Weather Events: A Case Study of Rainstorm Victims in Ilorin, Nigeria”. Sustainability, No.02, Vol 06. Published by the Russian Geographical Society and Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. Pp 80-93
  • Usman Raheem, Felix Olorunfemi, Olutoyin Fashae and Gbenga Awotayo (2013) “Livelihood Dynamics in Semi Arid Communities: Adapting to Climate Change around Kainji Lake, Nigeria”. J. Environ. Res. 35 (1): 67-85
  • Eriksen, Siri., Paulina Aldunce, Chandra Sekhar Bahinipati, Rafael D. Martins, John I. Molefe, Charles Nhemachena, Karen O’Brien, Felix Olorunfemi, Jacob Park and Kirsten Ulsrud (2011) “When not every response to climate change is a good one: Identifying principles for sustainable adaptation” Climate and Development, 3:7-20. doi:10.3763/cdev.2010.0060
  • Gbadegesin, A.S., Olorunfemi, F.B. and Raheem, U.A (2011) “Urban Vulnera¬bility to Climate Change and Natural Hazards in Nigeria”. In:  Hans Günter Brauch, Ursula Oswald Spring, Czeslaw Mes¬jasz, John Grin, Patricia Kameri-Mbote,  Lechir Chourou, Pal Dunay, Jörn  Birkmann (Eds.): Coping with Global Environmental Change, Disasters and Security – Threats, Challenges, Vulnerabilities and Risks (Hexagon Book Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace , Vol. 5. Berlin:  Springer-Verlag, 2011), pp 669-688. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-17776-7.
  • Olorunfemi, F.B and Onwuemele, A. (2011) “Climate Change Vulnerability and Disaster Risk: Implications for Human Security in the Niger Delta” In: Salami, A.T and Orimoogunje, O.O (Eds) Environmental Research and Challenges of Sustainable Development in Nigeria. Obafemi Awolowo University Press, Ile-Ife. pp 262-288
  • Olorunfemi F.B (2008) “Disaster Incidence and Management in Nigeria”. Research Review. Vol.24 No. 2, pp   1-23
  • Olorunfemi, F.B and Raheem U.A (2007) “Urban Development and Environmental Implications: The Challenge of Urban Sustainability in Nigeria”. Ibadan Journal of the Social Sciences. Vol. 6 No 1 (March) pp. 69-78