Temitope Laniran earned a BSc in Economics from Bowen University Iwo and a MSc in Economics & Finance for Development from the Bradford Centre for International Development (BCID), University of Bradford. He was awarded an Erasmus grant of the European Union lifelong learning programme to study Human Development and Food Security at the Roma Tre Universita Degli Studi Rome, Italy. Since then, he has worked with the Centre for Petroleum, Energy Economics and Law, (CPEEL), University of Ibadan; John and Elnora Fergusson Centre for African Studies, (JEFCAS), University of Bradford and Institue of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton. He has recently concluded a PhD in Economics and Development Studies at BCID. His broad research interest focuses on economic growth and development as well as issues of state fragility.