Melvin has a BSc., and MSc., in Sociology and Anthropology and a PhD in Health Sociology. In 2004 Melvin was employed as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Obafemi Awolowo University and rose through the ranks to become a Senior Lecturer in 2016. He has won competitive fellowships and travel awards including the CODESRIA Small Grant for Thesis Writing and the Prestigious CARTA PhD Fellowship. In 2016 he won the Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship to pursue a Master of Science Degree in Gerontology at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. In 2017, he received the CARTA Postdoctoral Fellowship and currently holds a Postdoctoral position in the Ageing and Development Unit at the African Population and Health Research Center in Nairobi Kenya.
Melvin’s research interests are within the broad field of Sociology of Health in Later Life. From his doctoral research to date, his research interests have revolved around the Ageing, the African traditional medical system, sexual and reproductive health, vulnerability and social protection in later life. Melvin has substantial expertise and experience in mixed methods research and qualitative methodology. His epistemological position is that mixed methods are useful and closer to achieving valid knowledge production from diverse but critical positions.