Dr Olayinka Ajala, Lecturer

Dr Olayinka Ajala


Olayinka Ajala is a lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Leeds Beckett University and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He previously worked for the Universities of York and Newcastle.

Olayinka holds a doctorate degree in Politics from the University of York and a Masters degree in Globalisation and Development from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.

Olayinka consults for the Ministry of Defence, United Kingdom. He was previously a visiting fellow/lecturer at the Combating Terrorism Centre, United States Military Academy, West Point where he taught final year cadets. He has consulted for local and international organisations including the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), the Government of Belgium and was a lead panel analyst on ‘Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in Africa’, a round table discussion at the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Olayinka is currently working on a GCRF funded project titled ‘Catalyzing participation through innovation to strengthen rural-urban climate resilient futures in Namibia’

Current Teaching

Undergraduate modules
  • International Human Rights
  • Rethinking Diplomacy
  • International Peacekeeping
  • Governing Globalisation
Postgraduate modules
  • Theorising Human Rights

Research Interests

Olayinka's primary research interests lie in the broad field of security and conflict with a focus on Africa. He is interested in exploring several aspects of conflicts and conflict resolution mechanisms and other related research areas such as terrorism and counterterrorism, resource conflict, human security, International development, formation of insurgent groups and impact of climate change on migration and conflict.
Dr Olayinka Ajala, Lecturer

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