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Dr Adeniyi P. Asiyanbi

Anniversary Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Global Environmental Politics

Contact Details:
Telephone:0114 222 1649
Room: 1 st Floor, Elmfield Lodge


I joined the department in September 2017 as Anniversary Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Global Environmental Politics. Prior to joining the politics department, I taught at SOAS University of London and King’s College London. I completed a PhD in geography at King’s College London in 2016, investigating the politics and impacts of forest-based climate change mitigation (REDD+) in Nigeria. I obtained an MSc degree from King’s College London (distinction) and a BSc from the University of Ibadan (first class).

My research and teaching focus broadly on how questions of power, knowledge, interest, conflict and subjectivity play out in human relations with and over the environment. My specific areas of interest include political ecology, governmentality studies, global environmental governance, climate change, the green economy, forest conservation, neoliberal conservation, and Nigeria. I have published in Geoforum, Environment and Planning A, and Environmental Conservation. I recently contributed to The International Handbook of Political Ecology (Edward Elgar, 2015). My other publications, including commentaries and books reviews have appeared in The Geographical Journal, Journal of Political Ecology, and Public Understanding of Science.

I am a fellow of the Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID) and the BIOSEC project.


My postdoctoral research investigates emergent transformations in the global governance of forest- based climate change mitigation schemes in response to a range of imperatives including poor outcomes of these schemes and the rise of extreme nationalism on the one hand, and on the other hand, new impetus from the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

I also have ongoing research engagements focused on the ways that contemporary conservation schemes and ‘green’ projects are framed, negotiated and pursued on the ground, and how they shape state institutions and local resource access and control in Anglophone West Africa, especially in Nigeria and Ghana.


  • Geoforum Student Paper Prize Runner up, 2016.
  • Department of Geography King’s College London Small Grant Funds for Mphil/PhD Research (2013/14; 2015/16)
  • King’s Overseas Research Studentship for PhD research at King’s College London (2012 –2015)
  • Best Thesis Award, MSc Environment and Development, King’s College London (2010/11)
  • Commonwealth / King’s College London Shared Scholarship Award for master’s degree (2010/11)

I currently teach the following module:

  • POL 3028 - Political Ecology: Power, Nature and Society

Key publications

Asiyanbi A.P., Ogar E. and Akintoye O.A. (2019) Complexities and surprises in local resistance to neoliberal conservation: Multiple environmentalities, technologies of the self and the poststructural geography of local engagement with REDD+. Political Geography 69(2009), 128-138.

Bigger, P., Dempsey, J., Asiyanbi, A., Kay, K., Lave, R., Mansfield, B., Tracey, O., Robertson, M. & Simon, G. (2018). Reflecting on neoliberal natures: an exchange: The ins and outs of Neoliberal natures. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, 1(1-2), 25-75.

Asiyanbi, A. P. (2018). Financialisation in the green economy: Material connections, markets-in-the-making and Foucauldian organising actions. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 50(3), 531-548. doi:10.1177/0308518X17708787.

Isyaku, U., Arhin, A. A., and Asiyanbi A. P. (2017) Framing justice in REDD+ governance:centring transparency, equity and legitimacy in readiness implementation in West Africa.Environmental Conservation. 44(3), 212-220

Asiyanbi A. P., Arhin, A. A., and Isyaku, U. (2017) REDD+ in West Africa: politics of design and implementation in Ghana and Nigeria. Forest, 8(3), 78.

Asiyanbi A. P. (2016). A political ecology of REDD+: Property rights, militarised protectionism, and carbonised exclusion in Cross River. Geoforum, 77, 146-156.

Asiyanbi A.P. (2016) Beyond utopia and a'power-full' state: a response to Nuesiri. The Geographical Journal, 182(1), 104 -106.

Asiyanbi A.P. (2015) Mind the gap: global truths, local complexities in emergent green initiatives, in R.L. Bryant (ed.), International handbook of political ecology, Chelthenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 274 – 290.

Other publications

Asiyanbi, A. P. (2018). Book Review: Democracy in the Woods: Environmental Conservation and Social Justice in India, Tanzania and Mexico, by Prakash Kashwan, New York, Oxford University Press. Environmental Politics, 27(4), 765-767.

Asiyanbi, A.P. (2017) Book Review: Potter, Gary R., Angus Nurse and Matthew Hall (eds.). 2016. The geography of environmental crime: conservation, wildlife crime and environmental activism. Journal of Political Ecology, 24, 12-13.

Adelekan, I. O., & Asiyanbi, A. P. (2016). Flood risk perception in flood-affected communities in Lagos, Nigeria. Natural Hazards, 80(1), 445-469.

Asiyanbi A.P. (2015) “I don’t get this climate stuff!”: Making sense of climate change among the corporate middle class in Lagos. Public Understanding of Science, 24(8), 1007-1024.

Asiyanbi, A.P., Ayanlade, A., Antje, C. and Lewis, E. (2014) Lagos Case Study, in M. Pelling and S. Blackburn (eds.), Megacities and the Coast: Risk Resilience and Transformation. Routledge, Oxford. 205 – 209.

Professional Service

Professional Affiliations

  • Associate Fellow, UK Higher Education Academy (UKHEA)
  • Africa and International Studies Working Group of the British International Studies Association
  • (BISA),
  • Political Ecology Network (POLLEN),
  • Association of American Geographers (AAG),
  • Association of Canadian Geographers (CAG-ACG).

Public Engagement

  • REDD+, Militarization and the Future of Carbon Forestry. A blog of the BIOSEC project, Politics Department, University of the Sheffield, September 2017.
  • Why Global Efforts to Address Climate Change Through Forest Conservation are Failing. A blog of the Department of development studies, SOAS, February 2017.
  • Cross River and California REDD+. A public comment submitted to the California Air Resources Board, California, USA. 11 May, 2016.
  • Thinking climate change among the elites in Lagos. A lay research brief.
  • REDD+ in Nigeria: Property rights, militarised protectionism, and carbonised exclusion” A critical review of my work in the REDD-Monitor blog

Invited Talks

  • Decolonizing the environment. A panel discussion on decolonizing the environment, organized by SOAS Green Group, University of London, 9 March 2017.
  • Markets-in- the-making in neoliberal natures: assembling REDD+ in Nigeria's last rainforest. Paper presented at the SOAS Political Ecology, Environment and Development (SEED) cluster. SOAS, University of aLondon, 29 November 2016.
  • Neoliberal 'organising actions': REDD+ readiness as ‘market-in- the-making’ in Nigeria’s Cross River. Paper presented at the Fourth Global Conference on Economic Geography, Oxford, 19-21 August, 2015.

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