Ini Dele-Adedeji is a Senior Researcher with NatCen International. Ini specializes in the study of politics and religion in Nigeria, trans-Saharan migration, and environmental change in the Lake Chad axis.
Ini previously held a Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Social and Political Science (SSPS) Centre of African Studies. He also previously worked as a Research Associate at the University of York and Bristol, where he was part of a bipartite project that explored irregular migration across the Sahara and the use of the proscribed Tramadol opioid in the Nigerian city of Lagos. Ini holds a Doctorate degree in Politics from the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London (SOAS). He also currently sits on the governing council of the African Studies Association, United Kingdom (ASAUK).
Ini’s doctoral thesis (shortlisted for the 2018 Audrey Richards prize for the best Dissertation in African Studies) is an ethnographic study on the mobilisation of the Boko Haram sect in Northern Nigeria. He has also worked for International SOS, Farm Africa, and has lectured in a visiting capacity at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and Wellesley College. Apart from book chapters in edited volumes, Ini has published articles in journals such as Oxford Development Studies, Politique Africaine, Sources, and Safundi. Ini regularly contributes to various media outlets, such as the BBC World News, Al Jazeera, the UK Guardian, and Radio France Internationale (RFI).