Michael Kunnuji is an expert in social research methodology with general interest in population issues. His specific research interests cut across human sexuality, adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health, intimate partner violence, social exclusion, health policy and gender studies.
Over the years, his research has focused on sources of sexuality related information among young people, including parent-child communication (PCC), the internet and curriculum based sexuality education. In exploring the socio-economic context of youth and adolescent sexuality, his research has documented the influence of adequacy of parental provisions and basic deprivation on young people's sexual and reproductive health outcomes. He has also explored the association between migration status and access to sexual and reproductive health information and practices.
In studying the socio-cultural context of youth and adolescent sexuality, Michael Kunnuji has been involved in a project that documented young people's experience of sexual abuse (rape and statutory rape) and its context (social and legal). He has benefited from international trainings on research methodology, and innovations on how to change negative social norms around domestic violence. He is currently leading the qualitative component of the 2019 Nigeria Verbal and Social Autopsy of child mortality in Nigeria. His research works are published in several high quality peer-reviewed international journals.