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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.


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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