Idowu Ajibade


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Assistant Professor of Geography
Phone: 503.725.3167
Office Hours: Thursday, 11:00am - 1:00pm 

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Ph.D. Geography and Environmental Sustainability (2013) Western University Canada
M.A International Law and Human Rights (2006) University for Peace, Costa Rica
B.A Philosophy (2004) Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
Courses Taught:
GEOG 230: Environment and Society
GEOG 348U: Cultural and Political Ecology

Graduate Students

Michael Egge: Water resources and agricultural migrants facilitation and marginalization in the California Central Valley. 

Research Interests:

Political Ecology, Global Climate Change, Disaster Risk Reduction, Urbanisation and future cities, Development Geography, Gender, Environmental Justice, Environmental Extremes, Human Rights, and Qualitative Methods. 

My teaching and research program examine the interrelationships between urbanization, global climate change, and sustainability transition through a political ecology lens. I focus mainly on extreme events, resilience planning and climate change adaptation in the context of eco-industrialization, eco-gentrification, and uneven development. I interrogate both conventional as well as alternative approaches to adaptation, risk reduction, and sustainability. My work provides some direction on why the articulation of multiple and alternative trajectories of future socio-ecological and socio-economic relations are necessary in bringing about transformation towards sustainability in cities. I value interdisciplinary scholarship and employ this approach in understanding the opportunities and barriers presented by climate change and on-going sustainability transitions in megacities of the global south. I believe there is a need for critical engagement with diverse knowledge systems, modes of politics, ethics and socio-cultural norms in facilitating sustainability transitions and environmental justice.  While most of my work to date has been in Lagos, Manilla and Bangkok, I am also interested in the human-environment challenges in the United States particularly in Portland, Oregon.

Selected Publications:
Ajibade, Idowu. (2017) Can a future city enhance urban resilience and sustainability? A political
ecology analysis of Eko Atlantic city International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. Vol 26: 85-92
Ajibade, I. Pelling M, Agboola, J.  and Garschagen M (2017) Sustainability transitions:
exploring risk management and the future of adaptation in Lagos. Journal of Extreme Events.3 (3), 1-25.
Ajibade, Idowu. (2016) Distributive justice and human rights in climate policy: The
long road to Paris. The Journal of Sustainable development law and policy. 7 (2), 66-80
Ajibade, I., Armah, F.A., Zubedaar, V., Luginaah, I., and McBean, G. (2015) Self-reported
experiences of climate change in Nigeria: the role of personal and socio-environmental factors. Climate. 3, 16-41
Boamah S, Armah. F, Kuuire, V, Ajibade.I, Isaac Luginaah I, and McBean G (2015) Does previous
experience of floods stimulate the adoption of coping strategies? Evidence from cross sectional surveys in Tanzania and Nigeria. Environments, 2, 565-585
Ajibade, I., Armah F, Zubedaar V, Luginaah I, McBean G, and Tenkorang E. (2014)
Assessing the bio-psychosocial correlates of flood impacts in coastal areas of Lagos, Nigeria. Environmental Planning and Management.  58 (3) 445-463
Ajibade, Idowu and McBean, G. (2014) Climate extremes and housing rights: a political ecology
of impacts, early warning and adaptation constraints in Lagos slum communities. Geoforum, 55: 76-86
Ajibade, I and Olawuyi Damilola (2014) Climate change impacts on housing and property rights
in Panama and Nigeria: Toward a rights-based approach to adaptation and mitigation, In: Elena Lopez-Gunn and Dominic Stucker (Eds.) Adaptation to Climate Change through Water Resources Management: Capacity, Equity and Sustainability. Routledge, New York.  pp.264-284
Ajibade, I., McBean, G, and Bezner-Kerr R. (2013) Urban flooding in Lagos, Nigeria:
Patterns of vulnerability and resilience among women. Global Environ Change. 23 (6): 1714-1725
Ajibade, Idowu (2012) Climate security and vulnerable populations in Canada: Making a case for
ambitious Policies. In the Security of Canada and Canadians: Implications of Climate Change. Lawrence National Center for Policy and Management: London, ON. pp. 1-26.
McBean, G., and Ajibade, I. (2009) Climate change, related hazards and human settlements.
Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 1(2): 179-186.
Ajibade, Idowu (2008). Mainstreaming human Rights into anti-corruption: A strategy for
protecting vulnerable groups from double jeopardy, in. Radha Kalyani (ed.) Double Jeopardy: Emerging Issues. Amicus Books. The Icfai University Press. Hyderabad India. pp 125-153.