Staff Profile: Dr Seun Kolade

FacultySeun Kolade

Faculty of Social Sciences

School  ‌

University of Wolverhampton Business School


Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for African Entrepreneurship and Leadership

Contact details

Direct line: 01902 32 3603



University of Wolverhampton
Faculty of Social Sciences
MN Building
City Campus North


I hold BSc and MSc degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, a postgraduate certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from University College London, and a PhD in International Development from the London South Bank University. 

In my PhD research, I investigated the impact of social capital, especially in cooperatives, on farmers’ uptake of technological innovations in rural southwest Nigeria. I also examined the role of institutional factors, including markets, property rights and access to capital, on the success of adopted innovations.

I have previously conducted research on integrated waste management through composting and crop production.

I have engaged publicly, via several media including TV shows and opinion pieces in print and online media on the subjects of poverty, youth unemployment and inclusive development in Africa, and consulted with policy makers on resource conflict in rural Nigeria.

Academic qualifications

PhD (London South Bank University, UK), PGCLTHE (University College London), M.Sc. (University of Ibadan, Nigeria), B.Sc. (University of Ibadan, Nigeria)

Corporate and community engagement

I have worked with a number of civil society organisations engaging the grass root and political representatives to promote development, as well as accountability and transparency in governance in Nigeria and the rest of Africa.

Professional body membership and roles

Member, British Academy of Management
Member, Development Studies Association, UK

Research interests

  • Diffusion of innovations
  • Value chain analysis
  • Entrepreneurship education in Nigeria and sub-saharan Africa
  • Institutional analysis

PhD Supervision

Areas of supervision

  • Technological innovations and rural development
  • Innovation and SMEs growth in developing countries
  • Value chain analysis
  • Entrepreneurship education in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa
  • Social capital and resourcing for post disaster reconstruction

Current PhD Supervisions

  • The Politics of Natural Resource Governance in Nigeria: Environment, Conflict, and Security Nexus in the Niger Delta Region
  • Resourcing for post-disaster housing reconstruction: the case of Cyclone Sidr and Aila in Bangladesh

External academic roles

  • Visiting Fellow, Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, London South Bank University
  • Reviewer, World Development (Journal)
  • Reviewer, International Journal of Management Practice

Selected publications

Refereed journals

Kolade, O.; Harpham, T. (2014). Farmers' mobilisation of social capital for beneficial uptake of technological innovations in southwest Nigeria. International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development. Vol. 7, Issue 2, pp.147- 166. DOI:10.1504/IJTLID.2014.065882.

Kolade O.; Harpham T. (2014). Impact of cooperative membership on farmers' uptake of technological innovations in southwest Nigeria. Development Studies Research. Vol.1, Issue 1, pp. 340-353. DOI:10.1080/21665095.2014.978981.

Kolade, O.; Harpham T.; Kibreab G. (2014). Institutional barriers to successful innovations: perceptions of rural farmers and key stakeholders in southwest Nigeria. African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation, and Development, Vol 6, Issue 4, pp 339-353. DOI:10.1080/20421338.2014.966039.

Kolade O.O.; Coker A.O.; Shridar M.K.C.; Adeoye G.O. (2006). Palm kernel waste management through composting and crop production. Journal of Environmental Health Research. Vol. 5, Issue 2, pp  81-85. 

Refereed conference papers

Anosike, P., Kolade, O., Wang, Y., & K. Ahmed, P. (2016). Transferring Entrepreneurship Education knowledge in a conflict environment : Insights from Boko Haram Heartland. In Institute for Small Business & Entrepreneurship Annual Conference (pp. 1–16). Paris.

Kolade, O., & Anosike, P. (2016). “ Teach a man to fish ”: a case study of entrepreneurship education in conflict-ridden Maiduguri , Nigeria. In 30th Annual Conference of the British Academy of Management, 6-8 September 2016 (pp. 1–22). Newcastle

Other conference papers

Kolade, S. (2016). Universal basic education in Nigeria: can religious actors make a difference? In Development Studies Associational Annual Conference, 12-14 September. Oxford UK.

Kolade, O., Kibreab, G., & Adam, H. (2016). Impact of social capital on preparedness and response to Boko Haram insurgency in Northeast Nigeria. In World Conference on Humanitarian Studies, 5-8 March, 2016. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: International Humanitarian Studies Association.

Kolade O.O.; Crawford C.A.; Fenwick C.; Go J.; Li A. (2007). Composting and organic farming for isolated communities: a case study of Alderney. Pathways to our common future: Proceedings of