Staff Profiles

Oluwatoyin Dare Kolawole
Professor Oluwatoyin Dare Kolawole
Professor
Department:
Okavango Research Institute
Office:
Main Research Building, Room 31
Phone:
+267 681 7248; 7230 2491

Oluwatoyin (Toyin) Dare Kolawole obtained his PhD and Master’s degrees in Ife (Nigeria) and Sussex (England), respectively. He is Professor of Rural Development at the Okavango Research Institute (ORI), University of Botswana (UB) in southern Africa. Professor Kolawole is an Adjunct Faculty at Eastern University based in St Davids, Pennsylvania, USA. Working at the interface of science, policy and agriculture in Africa, his research interests are in social change/diffusion studies, rural development and the intersection of local and western knowledge/innovations in sustainable, low external input (LEI) agriculture. He has published well over 100 papers covering diverse development subjects in research journals, books, conference proceedings and other outlets. A UC Visiting Canterbury Fellow in 2014, Dr. Kolawole is a recipient of over 30 academic awards and research/travel grants and has led and managed a number of multi-disciplinary, pro-poor development research funded both locally and internationally. He has attended over 50 regional/international conferences and workshops in Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, and the Oceania. In 2016, the Lesotho’s Council for Higher Education (CHE) appointed him as chairperson of the panel of experts that reviewed the B.Sc. Agricultural Economics Programme of the National University of Lesotho (NUL). He was also appointed by the CHE as a member of experts that reviewed the B.Sc. Agricultural Extension Programme of the NUL in the first and second quarters of 2017. He was Vice Chairman of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of the Ngamiland District in Botswana from 2011-2018. Prof. Kolawole is a verified peer reviewer for a number of well recognized scientific journals published by Taylor & Francis, Routledge, Springer and Elsevier. He is an Editorial Board member of SAGE Open.

Research Interests

  • Rural Development
  • Politics of knowledge/Indigenous knowledge
  • Rural entrepreneurship development and employment promotion
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Diffusion studies
  • Climate variability and change
  • Adult literacy   

Some selected publications

  

  1. Kolawole, O.D. and Olebile, K. (2019): ‘Survival at a cost: how artisanal fishers perceive occupational hazards in the Okavango Delta, Botswana’, South African Geographical Journal 101(1) pp. 51-71 pp. 1-21. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/03736245.2018.1541019
  2. Noga, S.R., Kolawole, O.D., Thakadu, O.T. and Masunga, G. (2018): ‘Wildlife officials only care about animals’: Farmers’ perceptions of a Ministry-based extension delivery system in mitigating human-wildlife conflicts in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, Journal of Rural Studies 61, pp. 216-226 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2018.06.003
  3. Kolawole, O.D. (2017):  ‘The color of food: Stories of race, resilience and farming’, Book Review, Community Development 48(5), pp. 711-712. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15575330.2017.1369649
  4. Kolawole, O.D., Mogobe, O. and Magole, L. (2017): ‘Soils, people and policy: land resource management conundrum in the Okavango Delta, Botswana’, Journal of Agriculture and Environment for International Development 111(1), pp. 39-61. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12895/jaeid.20171.538
  5. Mosepele, K. and Kolawole, O.D. (2017): ‘Fisheries governance, management and marginalisation in developing countries: Insights from Botswana’, Cogent Food & Agriculture 3(1), DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1080/23311932.2017.1338637  
  6. Noga, S.R., Kolawole, O.D., Thakadu, O. and Masunga, G. (2017): ‘Claims and counterclaims: Institutional arrangements and farmers' response to the delivery and adoption of innovations in the Okavango Delta, Botswana’, The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension 23(2), pp. 121-139. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1389224X.2016.1260485
  7. Mogende, E. and Kolawole, O.D. (2016): ‘Dynamics of local governance in natural resources conservation in the Okavango Delta, Botswana’, Natural Resources Forum 40, pp. 93-102.  DOI: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1477-8947.12098/pdf 
  8. Kolawole, O. D., Motsholapheko, M. R., Ngwenya, B. N., Thakadu, O., Mmopelwa, G., and Kgathi, D. L. (2016): ‘Climate variability and rural livelihoods: how farming households perceive and adapt to climatic shocks in the Okavango Delta, Botswana’, Weather, Climate, and Society 8(2), pp. 131–145. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/WCAS-D-15-0019.1 
  9. Noga, S.R., Kolawole, O.D., Thakadu, O.T. and Masunga, G. (2015): ‘Small farmers’ adoption behaviour: uptake of elephant crop-raiding deterrent innovations in the Okavango Delta, Botswana’, African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development 7(6), pp. 408-419. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/20421338.2015
  10. Kolawole, O.D. (2015): ‘Twenty reasons why local knowledge will remain relevant to development’, Development in Practice 25(8), pp. 1189-1195. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09614524.2015.1078777
  11. Kolawole, O.D. and Ajila, K. (2015): ‘Driving local community transformation through participatory rural entrepreneurship development’, World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development 11(2), pp. 131-139. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/WJEMSD-06-2014-0016
  12. Kolawole O.D.,  Wolski , P.,  Ngwenya , B. and Mmopelwa, G.  (2014): ‘Ethno-meteorology and scientific weather forecasting: small farmers and scientists’ perspectives on climate variability in the Okavango Delta, Botswana’, Climate Risk Management 4-5, pp. 43-58 – DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.crm.2014.08.002
  13. Kolawole, O.D. (2013): ‘Soils, science and the politics of knowledge: How African smallholder farmers are framed and situated in the global debates on integrated soil fertility management’, Land Use Policy 30(1), pp. 470-484. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2012.04.006  
  14. Mbaiwa, J.E. and Kolawole O.D. (2013): ‘Tourism and biodiversity conservation: The case of Community-Based Natural Resource Management in Southern Africa’, CAB Reviews 8(10), pp. 1-10.
  15. Kolawole, O.D. (2010): 'Inter-disciplinarity, development studies and development practice.' Development in Practice, 20(2), pp. 227-239. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09614520903564223

 

Graduate student supervision:

S/N

Student

 Role

Degree

 Topic

1.

Sekondeko Ronnie Noga

Main supervisor

MPhil

Uptake of elephant crop-raiding deterrent technologies by farmers in the Okavango Delta of northern Botswana

2.

Dirontsho Maphane

Co-supervisor

MPhil

Utilization of local knowledge in the prevention of and adaptation to Malaria endemicity in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

3.

Manga Motho

Main supervisor

MPhil

Determinants of residential water demand in Ngamiland, Botswana

4.

Reniko Gondo

Main supervisor

PhD

Dissonance in customary and statutory water management institutions in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

5.

 

Lame Olebile

 

Main supervisor

MPhil

Rights-based approach to natural resource-access in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

6.

Kabo Olebile

Sole supervisor

MDP

Fishers’ perceptions of occupational hazards associated with fishing activities in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

7.

Phatsimo Ditlhakeng 

Sole supervisor

MDP

Performance of community-based organizations in the implementation of development projects in Ngamiland District: a case of the Okavango Community Trust

8.

Mothusi Rebakgosi

Sole supervisor

MDP

Participation of VDCs in the implementation of self-help development projects in the Okavango Delta of Botswana);

9.

Dimpho Pheto Segwabe

Sole supervisor

MDP

CBNRM and  poverty alleviation: A comparative analysis of two groups of Community Trusts in the Okavango Delta, Botswana);

10.

Gobe Taziba 

Sole supervisor

MDP

Assessment of government sponsored youth development initiatives in rural communities of the Okavango Delta, Botswana 

11.

Lingani Matlou

Sole supervisor

MDP

Factors influencing the utilization of fisheries resources by rural communities in the Okavango Delta - A Case of Sehithwa, Botswana

12.

Tshegofatso Gaotlhobogwe

Sole supervisor

MDP

Impact of adult basic education program on rural peoples’ literacy attainment: The case of Sehithwa community

13.

Eva Dambe-Kebadile

Sole supervisor

MDP

Factors influencing the implementation of poverty alleviation programs in Gumare community in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

14.

 

Chaha Charumbira

 

Sole supervisor

MDP

Women’s participation community trusts’ activities in the Okavango Delta of Botswana

15.

Batsile Peloewetse

Sole supervisor

MDP

Arable crop farmers and the ISPAAD program in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

16.

Dimpho Pheto Segwabe

Co-supervisor

PhD

Commodification of tangible and intangible tourism products at Goo-Moremi landscape, eastern Botswana

 

Research grants/Projects:

 

  • Elva Knight Research Grant, USA (2007)
  • Grants for Literacy Projects in Countries with Developing Economies awarded by the International Literacy Association (ILA), USA (2007)
  • Developing Countries Support Fund awarded by the International Literacy Association (ILA), USA (2005)
  • Laureate, Small Grant for Thesis Writing (Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, CODESRIA, Senegal, (1994/95)
  • MCRI Cycle 3 Grants (2009) – Association of African Universities (AAU): Co-PI
  • Grant for Global Environmental Change Research in Africa awarded by the United States National Science Foundation (NSF-START) (2011) (PI)
  • Round 21 Grant on integrated soil fertility management (ISFM) research awarded by the Office of Research and Development (ORD), University of Botswana (2011)
  • Research Grant on ‘Demand, management and political economy of water under climate change in Botswana’ awarded by the Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL), 2012 –  (Co-PI)
  • Research Grant on ‘Exploring human-wildlife interactions in agro-systems in northern Botswana’ awarded Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Use (SASSCAL) – (2013 – 2016) (Co-PI)
  • Research Grant awarded by the Office of Research and Development (ORD), University of Botswana on ‘Group solidarity, social capital and indigenous approaches to fund mobilisation: how rural women sustain their livelihoods in the Okavango Delta, Botswana’ (2015)
  • Maiden Edition of the Community Development Society (CDS) Advancement Grant awarded by the CDS, Ohio, USA (2017)

 

 

 

 

 

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