Idowu "Jola" Ajibade
Expert in climate change adaptation, equitable resilience, future cities, and societal transformation
Assistant Professor, Geography
My research focuses on how individuals, communities, and cities respond to global climate change and their different capacities for adaptation and transformation. I explore adaptation in the context of resilience planning, eco-industrialization, eco-gentrification, uneven development and managed retreat. I draw on urban political ecology and environmental justice lenses to interrogate both conventional as well as alternative approaches to adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and sustainability.
I firmly believe there is a need for critical engagement with diverse knowledge systems, modes of politics, ethics, leadership strategies, production systems, and socio-cultural norms in facilitating environmental justice and societal transformation. I value interdisciplinary scholarship and collaborative learning and employ these approaches in understanding the opportunities and barriers presented by climate change and on-going sustainability transitions in megacities of the global south. While most of my work to date has been in Lagos, Manilla and Tokyo, I am also interested in the human-environment challenges in the United States, particularly in Portland, Oregon.
- Ph.D., Geography, Western University, Canada
- M.A., Law & Human Rights, University for Peace, Costa Rica
- B.A., Philosophy, Obafemi Awolowo University