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Dr Emmanuel Osuteye
Rm 301
Development Planning Unit
34 Tavistock Square
  • Research Associate
  • Development Planning Unit
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

Emmanuel is an environmental, social and legal researcher with a personal and professional passion for sustainable development in the developing world, and Africa in particular. He has a multi-disciplinary background in both the natural and social sciences, and works within the context of environmental law, quality, regulation, resource management and related social issues.

His PhD research was a systematic study of the nature of environmentalism (issues of environmental concern, effects of problems, and local responses) in Ghana, West Africa. It also focused on investigating the emergence of a small, yet viable indigenous environmental movement (local partnerships and networks for collective environmental action). 

Emmanuel has significant in-country research and consultancy experience in a number of African countries including Ghana, Benin, Nigeria, Kenya, Malawi and The Gambia and provides technical advice to several African environmental NGO’s and clients, including work on an ‘EU Global Climate Change Alliance’ (GCCA) project, as a thematic contributor for a new National Climate Change Policy document for The Republic of Gambia.

Research Summary

My current research interests span across the following areas and sub-themes (with an African focus):

Urban Development, Risks and Poverty Reduction

My research seeks to create a better understanding of the nature and scale of disaster risks, and the underlying accumulation factors in large  urban centres. It explores how African cities which are experiencing some of the fastest urbanisation rates in the world can reduce poverty, build resilience and leverage their growth to stimulate  economic opportunities.

Environmental Politics and Justice

My principal research interests are in the emergence and formation of environmental movements and NGOs, environmental protest, and the interactions between environmental campaigners and industry, government and governmental agencies. I focus on capturing the unique features of grassroots, bottom-up community engagement in environmental governance and sustainability issues (in both rural and urban settings), and the contentious processes of addressing perceived environmental injustice.

Environmental Law and policy

My research focuses on the legislative and regulatory fragilities that impinge on sustainable development efforts in African countries (especially in the extractive/mining sector). It examines the changing landscape of domestic and regional policy reform, especially efforts that are influenced by environmental movements or NGO activity.

Furthermore, I am interested in the specific development of Climate Change Law and policy and the emerging regulatory attempts aimed at addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Teaching Summary

Prior to Joining UCL, Emmanuel had taught a variety of environment and policy modules at Queen Mary University of London, Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent, and supervised dissertations on the postgraduate environmental law and policy programme.

At UCL, in addition to his research focussed-role, he supports the delivery of the "BU6 - Disaster Risk Reduction and Cities" module, and supervises dissertations across the MSc. in Environment and Sustainable Development (ESD), Urban Development Planning (UDP) and Development Administration and Planning (DAP).

01-OCT-2018 Research Fellow Development Planning Unit University College London, United Kingdom
17-NOV-2015 – 30-SEP-2018 Postdoctoral Research Associate Development Planning Unit University College London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2014 – 31-OCT-2015 Associate Lecturer Kent Law School University of Kent, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2013 – 30-AUG-2014 Associate Lecturer School of Law Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2008 – 01-SEP-2009 Research Assistant VBRP, Institute of Environment & Sanitation Studies University of Ghana, Ghana
Academic Background
2015 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Environmentalism University of Kent
2011 LLM Master of Laws – Environmental Policy/Economics University of Kent
2011 PGCert Postgraduate Certificate – Social Research Methods (Human Geography) University of Kent
2008 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science – Botany University of Ghana
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