Oluwatoyin KolawoleProfessor (Rural Development)
University of Botswana
Oluwatoyin (Toyin) Dare Kolawole obtained his PhD and Master’s degrees in Ife (Nigeria) and Sussex (England), respectively. He is Professor of Rural Development at the Okavango Research Institute (ORI), University of Botswana (UB) in southern Africa. Professor Kolawole is an Adjunct Faculty at Eastern University based in St Davids, Pennsylvania, US. Working at the interface of science, policy and agriculture in Africa, his research interests are in social change/diffusion studies, rural development and the intersection of local and western knowledge/innovations in sustainable, low external input (LEI) agriculture. He has published well over 100 papers covering diverse development subjects in research journals, books, conference proceedings and other outlets. A UC Visiting Canterbury Fellow in 2014, Dr. Kolawole is a recipient of over 30 academic awards and research/travel grants and has led and managed a number of multi-disciplinary, pro-poor development research funded both locally and internationally. He has attended over 50 regional/international conferences and workshops in Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, and the Oceania. In 2016, the Lesotho’s Council for Higher Education (CHE) appointed him as chairperson of the panel of experts that reviewed the B.Sc. Agricultural Economics Programme of the National University of Lesotho (NUL). He was also appointed by the CHE as a member of experts that reviewed the B.Sc. Agricultural Extension Programme of the NUL in the first and second quarters of 2017. He was Vice Chairman of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of the Ngamiland District in Botswana from 2011-2018. Prof. Kolawole is a verified peer reviewer for a number of well recognized scientific journals published by Taylor & Francis, Routledge, Springer and Elsevier. He is an Editorial Board member of SAGE Open and The International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food (IJSAF).
Sustainable use-Scoping expert
Transformative change assessment-Expert