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Regional Coordinator, Institute for Security Studies

Dr Oluwole Ojewale serves as the Regional Organised Crime Observatory Coordinator at the West Africa office of the Institute for Security Studies in Dakar, Senegal.

Ojewale is a Researcher & Program Management Expert on the disparate yet connected fields of Transnational Organized Crime, Urban Governance, Security, Conflict, Resilience, and Democratization. He has worked across an array of development interventions in West and Central Africa for a decade. These include: research, program design and implementation, grant management, and donor relations. He served as the project manager, team lead, component lead, and chief reporting officer for large scale projects which have attracted funding from DfID/FCDO, USIP, USAID, EU, Partners Global, GCERF, NED, OSF, MacArthur & FORD Foundations among others.

The projects include: Transnational Organized Crime in West & Central Africa, Urban Research Nigeria (URN), Community Policing; Accountable Governance for Justice and Security; Pandemic Policing and Human Rights; Preventing & Countering Violent Extremism; Civil Military Relations; Afrobarometer Survey on Democracy, Governance, and Economic Conditions in Africa; & Election Security Management among others.

Through advocacy and capacity building for state and non state actors, publications, and media appearances, his projects have benefited over 1,000,000 direct and indirect beneficiaries in West and Central Africa. He has managed research projects in excess of 40,000 interviews and deployed technical expertise on stakeholders engagements and data gathering.

He has conducted community-based qualitative and quantitative research in West and Central Africa on: Transnational Organized Crime, community resilience to violent conflicts, vulnerability assessment, disaster risk management; security threat assessment, counter insurgency and security.

He was trained by the Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies on Countering Violent Extremism. He has published research articles in leading peer-reviewed journals and also co-authored “Urbanization and Crime in Nigeria”, published with the Palgrave Macmillan and adjudged as the first comprehensive book on the intersection between urbanization and crime in Nigeria. His opinion pieces and commentaries have featured on major local and international platforms including Harvard Bulletin, ISS Today, The Brookings Institution and The Conversation.

He had exposure (traveling, academic, work and conferences) in Austria, Congo DR, Ethiopia, Germany, Ghana, Qatar, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Switzerland and Tunisia. He features frequently as a public affairs analyst on national and international media including FRANCE2, BBC, Newzroom Afrika and CGTN.


  • 2021–present
    Associate research scientist, 1


  • 2021 
    Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, PhD


  • 2019
    Urbanisation and Crime in Nigeria,