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Temitope Oriola, BSc, MA, PhD

Associate Professor



About Me

I am Joint Editor-in-Chief of African Security journal. My research is transnational in scope and has three main foci: (1) resource conflicts and concomitant “governmental crimes”; (2) use of force and weaponization of the police and (3) terrorism studies. I regularly contribute to public scholarship through public talks, op-eds, media interviews and expert opinions.

My book, Criminal Resistance? The Politics of Kidnapping Oil Workers (2016 [orig. 2013]), is one of a small number of book-length sociological investigations of political kidnapping. Publications from my research appear in leading scholarly journals, such as Sociology (the flagship journal of the British Sociological Association), the British Journal of Criminology, African Security, Third World QuarterlyCritical Studies on Terrorism, Review of African Political Economy, and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, among others.   

I am currently working on a number of research projects, including a SSHRC funded study, "Failure to detonate: Gender and inchoate suicide missions" (with Andy W. Knight) and "Neo-slavery: Gender inequality, criminality and irregular migration" (with Charles Adeyanju, University of Prince Edward Island). 

My current graduate students are working on issues such as experiences of former gang members in Alberta, Canada, the evolution of the Biafran secessionist movement, and Identity Christian (or right-wing) terrorism in North America. 


Selected publications:

Medinat Abdulazeez and Temitope B. Oriola 2018. “Criminogenic patterns in the management of Boko Haram’s human displacement situation”, Third World Quarterly, 39, 1: 85-103. 

Oriola, Temitope B. and Olabanji Akinola. 2017. “Ideational dimensions of the Boko Haram phenomenon”. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. 

Oriola, Temitope. 2016 (orig. 2013). Criminal Resistance? The Politics of Kidnapping Oil Workers. London & New York: Routledge.

Oriola, Temitope B. 2016. “Revisiting Adoption of Conducted Energy Weapons (CEWs) by Canadian Police”, Criminal Justice Ethics.  DOI: 10.1080/0731129X.2016.1204716. 

Oriola, Temitope B.; Heather Rollwagen; Nicole Neverson and Charles T. Adeyanju. 2016. "Public Support for Conducted Energy Weapons: Evidence from the 2014 Alberta Survey", Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, DOI:

Oriola, Temitope. 2016. “’Unwilling cocoons’: Boko Haram’s war against women”, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. DOI: 10.1080/1057610X.2016.1177998

Oriola, Temitope. 2016. “‘I acted like a man’: Exploring Female Ex-Insurgents’ Narratives about Nigeria’s Oil Insurgency”, Review of African Political Economy. DOI:10.1080/03056244.2016.1182013

Oriola, Temitope. 2016. “Correlates of criminal behaviour,” In Rick Linden, Criminology: A Canadian Perspective. 8th edition. Pp. 119-154. Toronto, Ontario: Pearson.

Oriola, Temitope, Kevin Haggerty and Andy W. Knight. 2013. “Car bombing ‘with due respect’: The Niger Delta insurgency and the idea called MEND”, African Security, 6, 1: 67-96.

Oriola, Temitope. 2012. ‘The Delta creeks, women’s engagement, and Nigeria’s oil insurgency,’ British Journal of Criminology, 52, 3: 534-555.

Oriola, Temitope, Nicole Neverson & Charles Adeyanju. 2012. “’They should have just taken a gun and shot my son’: Taser Deployment and the downtrodden in Canada”, Social identities, 18, 1: 65-83.


I teach courses such as "Power, Inequality and Crime"; "Sociology of Terrorism", "Criminology"; and "Youth, Crime and Society", among others.