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Henry Akin Akinola

Participatory Approach to Research Air Quality in Lagos State, Nigeria.

Air quality is determined by the extent of atmospheric pollution. High levels of pollutants can be harmful to human health and the environment mainly caused by combustion engine vehicles, industries especially from petrochemical industries, use of gasoline/diesel fuelled electricity generator sets, fuel wood/charcoal for domestic use and energy for small-scale industries, dumpsites (open burning emissions), gas flaring, small-scale mining, bush burning,  pipeline explosion, as well as tobacco smoke. As the economic centre in Nigeria, Lagos has been heavily damaged by air pollution. The aim of this study is to develop a community-led framework to monitor and manage air pollution in the community level. This involves participatory research with community members, opportunities for citizens science in the monitoring and collection of air quality data, and engagement in decision-making processes with government officials.


About Me:

I hold a BSc in Oil and Gas Management from University of Plymouth, United Kingdom with second class upper and an MSc (with merit) in Extractives Industries, the Environment and Sustainability from University of Surrey, United Kingdom. My MSc dissertation studied an in-depth of environment and society: Problems and Policies, it has widened my scope of knowledge in furthermore research. The study of environmental and life cycle assessment management for sustainable development had broadened my knowledge. It has enhanced my understanding in identify the implication of extractives industries as a driver in global warming. The priority to prevent pollution which is now a substantial problem that endanger human health, degrade the earth ecosystems and undermines the economic security of nations which intimately linked to global climate change. I have several years of experience working as restaurateur and oil and gas retail business prior to commencing my PhD.

Research Interests:

My research interest: critical analysis of environmental policies on Oil and Gas Industries Environment. The importance of regulation in challenging operating mining environments and Air Pollution in Africa. What extent are impoverished governance and a lack of transparency responsible for the resource curse "epidemic" in developing countries. The Regulatory Mechanisms of Oil & Gas industry that should be in place to ensure the impact of their industry on the environment and society in which it operates are both acceptable and contained in a developing word setting. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) in oil and gas industry. "Bargaining power" Who possess the bargaining power in oil and gas exploration? Formalization of small-scale mining in Nigeria/Africa. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiatives (EITI) is a global standard for good governance of oil, gas and mineral resources (International standard for openness around the management of revenues from natural resources). Contract negotiation in oil and gas industry. Promoting Behavioural Change in School Children to Encourage Climate-Aware Adults.

Research Groups:

Environmental Science Research Division

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