Mr Olufemi Adetunji

Mr Olufemi Adetunji

Research student

Career Summary

Biography

My heritage is not only my grounding but things the brought me comfort and peace. A concerted effort to preserve heritage is a vital link to cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational and economic legacies.


Olufemi Adetunji is a PhD candidate at School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Newcastle, Australia. Born in Nigeria and had bachelor and master degrees both in Architecture from Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Nigeria. Graduated with a First Class honours and as one of the top three students in bachelor and master degrees respectively. Olufemi practised as Conservation Architect for two years before joining FUTA as Research Assistant in 2012, to act out his interest in climate change and disaster challenges facing communities in Africa with a focus on cultural heritage. To further understand responses of African cities to climate change, Olufemi completed a certificate course on ‘Planning for Climate Change in African Cities’ from Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2017. Olufemi is an associate member of Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA), Australia ICOMOS, full member of ICOMOS Nigeria, a member of Youths in Conservation of Cultural Heritage (YOCOCU), project leader at University of Newcastle ENACTUS team, and the founding partner of NERD Multi-Concept (RC: 1473511).

Research Overview

Olufemi is undertaking doctoral research at the University of Newcastle, Australia focusing on climate change and related hazards affecting cultural heritage of communities to develop a participation framework that will involve actions and strategies that when implemented will help in mainstreaming, preparedness and adaptation planning within communities.

On the extension, innovation education of the community is the oil that lubricates the wheels of participation and engagement of the communities in the protection of cultural heritage and addressing climate change and other disasters.

Turning Research to Product (R2P)

As an ardent proponent of the positive impact of innovation and entrepreneurship in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) form community to national scales,  Olufemi is collaborating with other young professionals to create a digital learning platform for knowledge creation and learning about cultural heritage, climate change and disasters for communities in Nigeria.

eDIRICA (Education through Innovation and Rethinking in Culture and Art), is a web and mobile-based eLearning application to reorientate people especially children and young people about culture and problems affecting the environment particularly climate change and disaster. The project addresses SDGs 1, 4 and 13 through improving access to and quality of education to the disadvantaged population in Nigeria particularly women and girls through the connection of cultural, and climate and disaster education. Users will learn about tangible and intangible aspects of Nigeria culture and their influence on people’s choice. Climate and disaster education offer knowledge on preparedness, adaptation and mitigation of climate change and disaster impacts. SDG 5 – Gender sensitive approach is expected to be employed where women and girls will have equal and fair representation amidst targeted communities. SDG 9 – women and youths will be trained on technological-based cultural innovation that will improve participation of women and youths in culture-based entrepreneurship.

The project improves empowerment of women and children living in poverty with holistic knowledge and skills to enable their inclusive participation in decision-making. Children will have access to culture, and climate and disaster education that is lacking in the current education curriculum. Cultural reorientation will help to end harmful cultural practices, improve inter-cultural communication and coordination for development activities. Through the project as well, the project will improve awareness, reduce exposure and vulnerability to climate change and disaster impacts. More women and girls will engage and values places of cultural significance. This will strengthens intercultural communication and unity to guide against communal violence in Nigeria. The project employs web and mobile-based tools that will respond to changes within society through regular reviews and updates. The platform is also adaptable to various context with/without minimal changes.

Maintaining our culture, values and traditions is beyond price. People without the knowledge of their past, origin and culture is like a tree with no root


Keywords

  • Climate change adaptation
  • Community engagement
  • Cultural heritage
  • Disaster risk management in Cultural heritage
  • Indigenous knowledge management
  • World Heritage studies

Languages

  • Yoruba (Mother)
  • English (Fluent)

Professional Experience

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/7/2014 - 30/4/2017 Lecturer Federal University of Technology Akure
Department of Architecture
Nigeria
1/3/2012 - 30/6/2014 Research Assistant Federal University of Technology, Akure
Architecture
Nigeria
10/5/2017 -  Doctoral Candidate

My PhD research focus is the development of social participation framework for climate change adaptation in cultural built heritage in Nigeria

School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Newcastle
Australia

Awards

Distinction

Year Award
2010 University Prize for Dean’s list
Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria
2010 University Prize for highest CGPA
Federal University of Technology, Akure
2010 University Prize for highest CGPA
Federal University of Technology, Akure
2010 University Prize for highest CGPA
Federal University of Technology, Akure
2010 University Prize for highest CGPA
Federal University of Technology, Akure

Prize

Year Award
2015 Best Paper Award under the theme "Construction Technology"
Obafemi Awolowo University
2015 Best Paper Award under the theme "Construction Technology"
Obafemi Awolowo University

Research Award

Year Award
2018 Best Project Paper Award
Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
2018 Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment Postgraduate Research Prize in Architecture and Industrial Design
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, University of Newcastle

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
ARBE1101 Construction Technology 1
School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Newcastle
Casual Academic 8/1/2018 - 14/12/2018
ARC401 Architectural Design V
Federal University of Technology Akure
Lecturer 1/3/2012 - 30/4/2017
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Adetunji OS, Owolabi OS, Faboye SO, 'Rethinking roles of local non-governmental organizations (LNGO) in managing disaster risks in historic neighborhoods: Experiences from the city of lagos, Nigeria', External Interventions for Disaster Risk Reduction: Impacts on Local Communities, Springer Nature Singapore, Singapore 149-170 (2020) [B1]
DOI 10.1007/978-981-15-4948-9_9

Journal article (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Fazey I, Schäpke N, Caniglia G, Hodgson A, Kendrick I, Lyon C, et al., 'Transforming knowledge systems for life on Earth: Visions of future systems and how to get there', Energy Research and Social Science, 70 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.erss.2020.101724
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
2019 Olanrewaju SD, Adetunji OS, Ogundepo TM, 'Achieving Energy Efficient Building through Energy Performance Analysis of Building Envelope in Student Housing', Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 1378 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1088/1742-6596/1378/4/042023
2014 Adetunji O, 'Students-centred methods of teaching architecture students theory of structures in Nigeria universities', International Journal of Education and Research, 2 437-444 (2014)

Conference (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Adetunji OS, Essien C, Owolabi OS, 'eDIRICA: Digitizing Cultural Heritage for Learning, Creativity, and Inclusiveness', Digital Heritage. Progress in Cultural Heritage: Documentation, Preservation, and Protection . 7th International Conference, EuroMed 2018, Nicosia, Cyprus (2018) [E1]
DOI 10.1007/978-3-030-01762-0_39
2018 Ahmed K, Adetunji OS, MacKee J, 'Changing Place Identity and its Influence on Social Connection of Cultural Built Heritage', Dialogues in Cultural Heritage Conference, Matera, Italy (2018)
Co-authors Ifte Ahmed
2017 Adetunji O, 'Listing Built Heritage in World Heritage List - The Nigeria Experience', Universiti Technology Malaysia (2017)
2017 Adetunji OS, Oyebamiji IO, 'Low-cost Housing Technologies for Climate Change Mitigation in Akure, Nigeria', Universiti Technology Malaysia (2017)
2016 Adetunji O, Ayoola HA, 'Housing Habitability in Informal Settlements of Akure, Nigeria', Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria (2016)
2015 Adetunji O, Oladokun OS, 'The Impact of Architectural Design on Security and Appropriate Learning Environment in Public Primary Schools in Akure Region', 2nd International Conference and Exhibition of Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria (2015)
2015 Adetunji O, Moyanga DT, Bayegun AO, 'Construction of Low-cost Classroom Block in Rural Areas: A Focus on the Use of Bamboo', 2nd Research Conference of The Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria (2015)
2015 Adetunji O, Taiwo AA, 'Building Eco-Friendly Schools in Ondo State, Nigeria: Focus on the Use of Bamboo', Responsive Built Environment, : Faculty of Environmental Design and Management, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun state (2015)
2014 Odeyale OT, Fagbemi K, Olalekan K, Adetunji OS, 'Actor Network, Conflict and the Commodification of Planning: Role of Traditional Food Markets in Shaping the Built Environment of Akure Metropolis, Nigeria', 16th International Planning History Society, Flagler College, University of Florida, USA (2014)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 1
Total funding $4,249

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20191 grants / $4,249

2019 Library Research Grant$4,249

Funding body: The Getty Research Institute

Funding body The Getty Research Institute
Project Team

Olufemi Adetunji

Scheme Library Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
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Research Projects

eDIRICA (Education through Innovation and Rethinking in Culture and Art) 2018 -

eDIRICA (Education through Innovation and Rethinking in Culture and Art), is a web and mobile-based eLearning application to reorientate people especially children and young people about culture and problems affecting the environment particularly climate change and disaster. The project addresses SDGs 1, 4 and 13 through improving access to and quality of education to the disadvantaged population in Nigeria particularly women and girls through the connection of cultural, and climate and disaster education. Users will learn about tangible and intangible aspects of Nigeria culture and their influence on people’s choice. Climate and disaster education offers knowledge on preparedness, adaptation and mitigation of climate change and disaster impacts. SDG 5 – Gender sensitive approach is expected to be employed where women and girls will have equal and fair representation amidst targeted communities. SDG 9 – women and youths will be trained on technological-based cultural innovation that will improve participation of women and youths in culture-based entrepreneurship.

The project improves empowerment of women and children living in poverty with holistic knowledge and skills to enable their inclusive participation in decision-making. Children will have access to culture, and climate and disaster education that is lacking in the current education curriculum. Cultural reorientation will help to end harmful cultural practices, improve inter-cultural communication and coordination for development activities. Through the project as well, the project will improve awareness, reduce exposure and vulnerability to climate change and disaster impacts. More women and girls will engage and values places of cultural significance. This will strengthens intercultural communication and unity to guide against communal violence in Nigeria. The project employs web and mobile-based tools that will respond to changes within society through regular reviews and updates. The platform is also adaptable to various context with/without minimal changes.


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Mr Olufemi Adetunji

Contact Details

Email olufemi.adetunji@uon.edu.au
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