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Oluwagbenga Michael Akinlabi 

Oluwagbenga Michael Akinlabi

Dr Oluwagbenga Michael Akinlabi

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

What area does your research focus on?

My research has eminently focused on police-citizen relations, assessing perceptions of procedural justice, police legitimacy, police use of force, stress in the police, and corruption and accountability in the Global South. With a strong background in psychology and criminology, I have been particularly interested in exploring how social norms, perceptions of justice and fairness, corruption, emotions and motivations, feelings of trust, and police misconduct can go a long way to influence cynicism towards the law.  

What are the other key aspects of your role?

I currently work as a senior lecturer in criminology and criminal justice at Northumbria University, where I also lead the BSc Professional Policing Programme as well as teach more than five undergraduate and postgraduate modules in criminology and policing.  

Prior to this current role, my career has encompassed diverse academic responsibilities. I have held academic appointments at esteemed institutions of higher learning, including the University of New England in Australia, Griffith University in Australia, the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, and Afe Babalola University in Nigeria. During these appointments, I directed academic programmes, led modules, and delivered lectures in areas such as Intelligence and Security Studies, Psychology, as well as Criminology and Criminal Justice, for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. 

In addition to this, I have played an active role in mentoring and supervising several undergraduate, master’s, and PhD students, ensuring the successful completion of their dissertations.  

What do you like to do outside of work?

Beyond my academic commitments, I lead a multifaceted leadership initiative known as “Inspire the Future Africa (IFA).” This platform is purposefully designed to foster and inspire change among young people in Africa. When not involved in leading IFA or speaking engagements, I spend quality time with my family – cooking, attending social functions, visiting friends, etc. 

What do you think you could particularly offer mentoring support with?

With substantial experience in academia, I have a strong commitment to developing and enhancing the quality of student experience. I strive to inspire, advocate for, and engage students, whilst fostering a resilient and a never-give-up attitude. My approach is centred around creating a positive and inclusive learning environment that encourages active participation, critical thinking, and practical application of concepts. My skill set includes strong interpersonal skills, the capacity to build trusting relationships, cultural sensitivity, and the ability to establish meaningful connections with students from diverse backgrounds.