Saheed Adekunle Raji is a PhD candidate of the Department of Geography, University of Lagos and a Remote Sensing, GIS, Climate Change and Natural Resource Management researcher at the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun Nigeria. Largely, he is interested in global environmental change issues and natural resource governance within the semi-arid ecosystems. His current research focuses on the dynamics of natural environment factors, climate change and socioeconomics as drivers of ecosystem resource degradation in the semi-arid region of West Africa.
He is particularly interested in the nexus between these tripartite pivots of environmental change at the regional catchment level within the Sokoto–Rima basin. It is expected that this study will amend the prevailing climate change policy narrative and ensure proper governance of natural ecosystem resources at the catchment level. Adekunle Raji holds a BSc (hons) degree (First Class) in Geography from University of Lagos and an MSc degree (Distinction) Remote Sensing from the same university. During his undergraduate programme, he was a university scholar for three years 2004–2007. He was also a Graduate Fellow of the Department of Geography, University of Lagos from 2010 to 2013. He was a Research Assistant of the Joint Ecosystem–Climate Study Group of the University of Lagos between 2010 and 2013. He is currently a key member of the Environmental Management and Modeling Study Group of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources Nigeria.
He was the 2014 Best Researcher in Social Sciences in the University of Lagos and a one-time recipient of the Michael Abegunde’s Prize in Geography. He is also a member of several local and international societies and associations including the American Geophysical Union (AGU), International Society for Development and Sustainability (ISDS), African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE), Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) of the IEEE, Nigeria Environment Society (NES), Nigerian Cartographic Association (NCA), and Association of Nigerian Geographers (ANG).
Recent Publications and Conference Papers
- Ogunkeyede, A.O., Adebayo, A. A., Raji, S. A. & Amuchi, D. (2019). Environmental risk assessment and spatial distribution of the heavy metal contamination in surface soils around the Effurun Market. International Journal of Research and Innovation in Applied Science, 4(2): 72–85. https://www.rsisinternational.org/journals/ijrias/DigitalLibrary/Vol.4&Issue2/72-85.pdf
- Bello, Adedoyin. A., Raji, Saheed A., & Makinde, Michael T. (2017).Using GIS as a tool for contingency planning: A case study of Atlas Cove Depot in Lagos. Lagos Journal of Geo-information Sciences 4(1):5-25.
- Odunuga, S. and Raji, S. A. (2016). GIS-based Methodology for the Extraction of Morphological Features from DEM and Multispectral Imagery: A Case Study of Niger Delta by. Paper presented at the 57th Annual Conference of the Association of Nigerian Geographers, University of Lagos, April 8-16.
- Odunuga, S., Raji, S. A., and Ajayi, O. S. (2015). Paradigm Shift in Physical Geography Research Strategies for National Transformation. Poster presented at the 10th Annual Research Conference and Fair, University of Lagos, November 8-10.
- Raji, S. A., Odunuga, S., and Adeniyi, P. O. (2014). Geospatial information for flood management in Nigeria: Case study of lower Ogun basin. Poster presented at the 9th Annual Research Conference and Fair, University of Lagos, October 10-14.
- Akintuyi, A. O.; Raji, S. A.; and Wunude, E. O. and Adewuni, D. (2014). Mapping noise pollution in Bariga area of Lagos State: A GIS approach. Poster presented at the 9th Annual Research Conference and Fair University of Lagos, October 10-14.
- Raji, S. A. (2014). The Nigerian remote sensing satellite system and the drive towards sustainable environmental development: A synopsis. Paper presented at the 35th Annual National Conference of the Nigerian Cartography Association, Delta State University, August 10–14.
- Raji, S. A. and Akintuyi, A. O. (2012). Modelling landuse and landcover change and landscape metrics in lower Ogun River basin. Paper presented at the National Conference on Making Room for Lagos Megacity, Department of Geography University of Lagos. July 10–14.
- Lukumon Adeoti, Shakirudeen Odunuga, Rafiu B Adegbola, Sunday Oladele, Saheed Adekunle Raji (2015). Effect of flood analysis on the foundation investigation using integrated approach. International Conference on Engineering Geophysics, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, 15-18 November.
- Odunuga, S., Adegun, O., Raji, S. A., and Udofia, S. (2015). Changes in flood risk in Lower Niger–Benue catchments. Proc. IAHS, 370, 97–102.
- Raji, S. A., Odunuga, S. and Adeniyi, P. O. (2014). Multicriteria flood risk analysis of Lower Ogun River basin. Journal of Environment and Earth Science, 4 (13): 112–124.
- Odunuga Shakirudeen and Saheed A. Raji (2014). Flood frequency analysis and inundation mapping of Lower Ogun River basin. Journal of Water Resource and Hydraulic Engineering. Vol. 3 Iss. 3 Pp 48–59.
- Akintuyi, A. O., Raji, S. A., Adewuni, D., and Wunude, E. (2014). GIS-based spatial assessment and mapping of noise pollution in Bariga area of Lagos. Sokoto Journal of Social Sciences 4 (1): 154 – 168.
- Taiwo, E., Fasona, M., Raji, S. and Oni, F. (2013). Influence of household characteristics on carbon footprints in a working-class neighbourhood of Lagos, Nigeria. Lagos Journal of Geographic Issues, 1 (1): 80–107.
- Raji, S. A. and Akintuyi, A. O. (2013). Modelling landuse /landcover change and landscape patterns in lower Ogun River basin. Lagos Journal of Geographic Issues, 1 (1): 144–169. Research Interests
- Remote Sensing & GIS, Natural Resource Management and Governance, Climate Change, Geo-Environmental modeling, Geospatial methods