Member Spotlights: Oludunsin Arodudu

Sustainable Urban Systems

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Geography, Maynooth University, Ireland. I currently research on energy and climate change mitigation potential of organic wastes and wastelands in Sub-Saharan Africa (Nigeria to be precise). I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria in 2008. I completed an Erasmus Mundus Master of Science Degree program in Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation for Environmental Modelling and Management (GEM) from Lund University, Sweden and University of Twente, Netherlands in 2012. I had a PhD in Geoecology from Potsdam University, Germany in 2017.

Position: Postdoctoral researcher

Institution: Maynooth University, Ireland

Degrees: BSc., MSc., PhD

Oludunsin’s main research interest areas:

  • Sustainability and impact assessment
  • Energy and climate change mitigation potential assessment
  • Green and blue infrastructure and health research
  • Environmental Intelligence reporting
  • Multi-criteria assessment

Oludunsin’s  favorite cities and why:

I like Prague for its rich relics of cultural and political history.

Oludunsin’s thought on collaboration:

Investigating the evidence of association between green and blue infrastructure and health in cities

How Oludunsin got interested in cities research and sustainability:

I grew up in a medium city (Akure) in a developing country (Nigeria). While studying for my BSc. and taking courses on land evaluation and planning, I became concerned about the decline of the quality of life in cities across Nigeria due to lack of proper planning framework, discontinuity of previous policy initiatives, and inconsistencies in planning implementation. Addressing this decline in quality of life in most Nigerian cities requires provision of information that directs decision and policy-making towards sustainability. This formed my early motivation and interest in sustainability, urban sustainability especially.