Staff Profile


Dr Dele Babalola

Senior Lecturer in Politics & International Relations

School: School of Law, Policing and Social Sciences

Campus: To be Decided

Tel: 01227 923089

Profile summary

I am a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Canterbury Christ Church University. Prior to joining CCCU, I was a Senior Lecturer at Baze University, Abuja, Nigeria. I also taught at University of Kent in Canterbury, UK.

I hold a PhD in Politics and Government, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) from the University of Kent, UK, an MPhil in West African Studies from the University of Birmingham, UK, an MSc in Research Methods in the Social Sciences from London South Bank University, UK, and a BSc in Political Science from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Nigeria.

Research and knowledge exchange

My research focuses on federalism, political economy, ethnicity, democracy and elections, and terrorism in Nigeria.

I have reviewed articles for a number of journals, including Nigerian Journal of Political Science, Ubuntu: Journal of Conflict Transformation, Federal Governance, and African Journal of Peace and Human Security.

I have consulted for a number of notable international non-governmental organisations on security and other related issues in Nigeria. I have also advised a number of state governments in Nigeria on issues related to inter-governmental relations, and corruption, among others.

I welcome interest from prospective PhD students in these areas:

  • African politics
  • Federalism as a tool of ethnic conflict management
  • Insurgency in West Africa

Publications and research outputs

Journal articles 

Babalola, D. (2020), "Ethno-religious voting in Nigeria: interrogating voting patterns in the 2019 presidential election", The Round Table, 109:4, 377-385

Babalola, D. and Onapajo, H. (2019), “New Clamour for “Restructuring” in Nigeria: Elite Politics, Contradictions and Good Governance Alternative”, African Studies Quarterly, Vol. 18 (4), pp. 41-56.

Babalola, D. and Okafor, C. (2019), “Resource Abundance and the Dilemma of Fiscal Federalism in Nigeria”, Journal of African Political Economy and Development, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 3-21.


Babalola, D. (2019), The Political Economy of Federalism in Nigeria, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Babalola, D. and Onapajo, H. eds., (2018), Nigeria, a Country under Siege: Issues of Conflict and its Management in Democratic Nigeria, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Book chapters

Babalola, D. (2018), “Ethnicity, Ethnic Conflict and the Elusive Quest for Peace in Nigeria”, in Babalola, D and Onapajo, H (eds.), Nigeria, a Country under Siege: Issues of Conflict and its Management in Democratic Nigeria, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 21-46.

Babalola, D. (2018), “Voting Behaviour, Politicisation of Religion and the 2015 Presidential Election in Nigeria”, in Bakut, T, Iji, E. and Ayuba, C. (eds.), Election Conflict and Management: Lessons from the 2015 General Elections in Nigeria, Abuja: Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), pp. 139-164.

Babalola, D. (2014), “Ethnic Conflict in Africa: The Need for the African Union to Play a Major Role”, in Golwa, J. and Gwaza, P. (eds.), African Union and Conflict Management in Africa, Abuja: Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), pp. 19-29.


Babalola, D. (2018), “Nigeria: A Federation in Search of Federalism”, 50 Shades of Federalism. Available at:

Babalola, D. (2014), “Nigeria: Federalism works”, Available at:


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