Tosin Durodola

About Me




Tosin’s work cuts across research, public policy, and digital communications.

He has a proven track record of collaborating with think tanks to provide evidence-based, data-driven research on international migration and displacement. He has also led digital and policy communication projects with government, non-profits, and research centres. His aim is to contribute to solving the world's most pressing issues, such as the connection between migration and development, poverty alleviation and social programs, governance accountability, and organizational operations, by using the most effective analytical tools and empirical evidence available.

Tosin uses mixed methods research, including designing and implementing qualitative and quantitative data analysis. He has a long-standing interest in the global refugee regime, offering policy analysis and research for multiple projects on migration, displacement, refugee resettlement and humanitarian protection funded by organizations like the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). His research has also appeared in journals and book chapters such as Refugee Survey Quarterly, Palgrave Handbook of Global Social Change, African Currents, and Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration. He is currently contributing to the Special Issue on “Refugee Resettlement as an Institution” in the Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies.

He has received numerous research awards, including the School of Social and Political Science PhD Scholarship, the Border Criminologies Dissertation Award organised by Routledge and the Border Criminologies Network based at the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford, as well as The Demetrios G. Papademetriou Young Scholars Program, organised by Migration Policy Institute (MPI), an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank based in Washington, DC and dedicated to the study of global migration. His work has also been supported by institutions and research bodies such as the DAAD- German Academic Exchange ServiceBorder Criminologies NetworkUniversity of Oxford's Centre of Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), amongst others. 

Tosin's PhD thesis is supervised by a panel of three experts (Dr. Maggie Dwyer, Dr. Jean Benoit Falisse, and Dr. Thabani Mutambasere) with extensive experience in research, leadership, and supervision, ensuring the development of his work follows the most suitable research approaches and ethical and practical considerations. He also works as a Tutor at the School of Social and Political Science. In this role, he facilitates and enhances the delivery of customised and collaborative teaching, discussions, feedback, and knowledge exchange for postgraduate students on migration, displacement-development nexus, and conflict in close collaboration with course organisers.

In addition to his research and teaching, Tosin has worked with a range of organisations concerned with displacement, humanitarianism, governance and development. He was a Research Intern on International Migration at the Migration Policy Institute, Junior Research Fellow of the French Institute for Research in Nigeria, a member of the Centre for Security Research SPS, a member of the Border Criminologies Network, and a Research Associate at the Reformers' Initiative for Development in Africa. His public service experience also includes serving as Senior Technical Assistant at the Government of Ekiti State between 2018-2021, and later as Special Assistant on Digital Communications to the Governor of Ekiti state from August 2021.

Tosin earned his M.A in African Studies (Diaspora and Transnational Studies) with the highest Distinction from the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He completed his B.A (Hons) in History and International Studies at Bowen University, Nigeria; Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Nexford University, USA with Distinction; and obtained certification from the Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism (CTC), Leiden University, Netherlands.

Committed to praxis, he seeks a progressive and transformative approach to life. Through collaborative research and civic advocacy, he strives to create diverse platforms that add significant voice to the (re)presentation of silenced issues in ungoverned spaces and communities outside the realm of the state