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    Research Interests

    My research interests focus on the interface between systems and the society mainly from two approaches. On one hand, I focus on the optimization of sociotechnical engineering management from the perspectives of project management; safety, risk and environment management; regulations and policies; and knowledge management. On the other hand, I take a critical perspective on the role of actors within systems and organizations. Consequently, my research falls within the broader context of the following key areas:

    Areas of Expertise:

    • Managing risks in safety-critical environment
    • Extractive industry and the interface with livelihoods, communities and conflict risks 
    • Optimization of construction and operation of safety critical assets
    • Regulations and governance of the petroleum and safety-critical industries.
    • Risk assessment, management and communication
    • Resiliance, recovery, realibility and systems integrity.
    • Human resource management in project-based organizations
    • Projects in the society
    • Social housing 
    • Pricing of project products
    • Critical social and environmental accounting
    • Knowledge management and knowledge transfer
    • Anti-corruption within the Extractive industry

    I am a recipient of the prestigious Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) for both MSc and Ph.D. I also contributed and won numerous research grants, notable amongst which is my contribution to the Newcastle Innovation Project, which, amongst other factors, earned a consortium of universities including Newcastle Durham, Glasgow, St Andrews and Stirling Universities the sum of £5 million as research funding from NERC.

    Grants and Funding Won

    • Committee Lead: Newcastle Postgraduate Innovative Project in 2013: Supported a proposal and bid development that won a consortium of universities including Durham, Glasgow, St Andrews, and Stirling Universities the sum of £5 million from NERC to fund in over 60 Ph.D. studentships.
    • A grant worth £5k to organize the Glasgow-Newcastle-Durham Networking Conference 2013.
    • Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), 2012: Worth £120K for research on the risk management of petroluem industry operations.
    • Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), 2010: Won £20k full overseas MSc scholarship



    As a Senior Lecturer in Project Management I lead as a Course Director and teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I also supervise a number of Ph.D. students. I have module leadership responsibilities which also include preparing and designing teaching materials and assessments focusing project management modules. I utilize innovative tools and techniques to maximize student engagement. Typical innovative pedagogical tools I have used include LEGO Serious Play, Kahoot, gamification of learning, Business and Project Simulation, MS Project and Primavera. I have (or have had) module leadership responsibility of the following modules:

    • Principles of Project Management

    • Event Project Management

    • Environmental Engineering and Project Management

    • Risk Management

    • Project Planning and Control

    • Managing Engineering Projects

    • Internal Business Dynamics


    Selected Scholarly Engagements

    Peer Reviewer:
    Safety Science; Energy; IEEE Transaction on Engineering Management; British Academy of Management; European Academy of Management; The West Africa Built Environment Research (WABER) Conference.

    Conference attendance:
    2018 EURAM Conference, Iceland.
    31st Annual Conference of the British Academy of Management (BAM), 5-7 September 2017, University of Warwick
    APM Project Management Conference 2017: 27 April, London
    10th Pipeline Technology Conference 2015. Berlin, Germany
    6th SAFE Conference. An Annual Conference for Safety, Security and Risk Management Professionals Opatija, Croatia, 6th to 8th May 2015.


    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Civil Engineering- Risk management, Doctorate, Newcastle University

    Sep 2012Mar 2016

    Award Date: 10 Mar 2016

    Occupational Health and Safety, Postgraduate Diploma, National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health

    Jun 2012Apr 2014

    Award Date: 21 Feb 2014

    Project Management, MSc, Robert Gordon University

    Sep 2010Nov 2011

    Award Date: 10 Nov 2011

    Building, Degree, Ahmadu Bello University

    Feb 2002Apr 2007

    Award Date: 24 Apr 2008

    Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Postgraduate Certificate, Coventry University

    Dec 2016Jan 2018

    External positions

    Associate Lecturer in Engineering Project Management / Researcher, Newcastle University

    1 Sep 20121 Mar 2016

    Project Manager, Bridot Engineering Concepts

    1 Oct 20111 Sep 2012

    Project Planner, Shelter Development Limited

    1 Mar 20081 Aug 2010


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