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Name Dr. Omolola S. Olarinde
Phone +234 8067714940

Omololá Smaria Olarinde (PhD. Econ, Ibadan) is a university-based researcher, working on the intersections of labour, migration, gender, governance, inclusive growth and decoloniality at the Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin. Her current research study with the Horizon Europe project covers “how migration decisions are made: diverse aspirations, trajectories and policy effects (DYNaMIG)”. In 2022, through the Network of Migration Research for Africa (NOMRA), she concluded the Migration for Inclusive African Growth (MIAG) research, involving a group of scholars collaborating with the Open University, United Kingdom on detailed mixed methodologies for measuring the contributions of immigrants to inclusive growth in Africa. She assessed public employment services (PES) in Nigeria for the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in March 2022, the state of migration governance in Nigeria for the European Union, in November 2021 and the performance of Migrant Resource Centres in Nigeria for the ILO in May 2020. She is a resource person with numerous organisations including the ILO (on improving reporting labour migration in Nigeria, 2023, migration in the context of Covid-19, in July 2021, on Monitoring of Private Employment Agencies, November, 2022). She documented the profiles, motivations, routes, and risks of mixed migrants from, within and to Nigeria for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 2018. She has twenty years of professional experience, with 13 years spent in university teaching. Her career as an Economist began with the Louis Berger Group in Bucharest in 2003. Omololá is a recognised researcher in migration and has reviewed several migration reports. She is a member, NOMRA and of the Nigerian Economic Society (NES). She an associate editor for the African Review of Economics and Finance; as well as for the International Journal of African Migration (IJAM, Ìrìnkèrindò); and a Research Fellow with the Institute for Oil and Gas, Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development (OGEES), Afe Babalola University.

Rank Senior Lecturer
Department Economics Department


Certificate Institution Year
PhD. Economics University of Ibadan, Ibadan 2021

Work Experience

Employer Address Duration Position
International Labour Organisation and Elizade University collaboration on improving reporting labour migration in Nigeria under the FAIRWAY project. 3 months Collaborator
International Labour Organisation (ILO) and German Development Agency (GiZ) October 2021 and March 2022; Assessment of Public Employment Services in Nigeria, with a focus on the National Electronic Labour Exchange (NELEX) platform. 1 months External Collaborator
Training Workshop for tripartite partners of the ILO on Labour Migration in the Context of COVID-19 in Nigeria. The FAIRWAY Programme. Train partners of the ILO on migration governance in relation to the Nigeria-Arab route with an emphasis on effective labour migration management with reference to the covid-19 pandemic. 1 months Resource Person
European Union Trust Fund State of Migration Governance in Nigeria with Mathilde Verdeil 1 months Researcher
Economic and Social Research Council/Network of Migration Research for Africa (NOMRA, Nigeria. Migration for Inclusive African Growth 36 months Research Associate


(2024). Omololá Olarinde, Parvati Raghuram, Delali Badasu, Gorrety Yogo. 2024. African women migration researchers and the question of reflexivity. Gender, Place & Culture pp. 1–21 Taylor and Francis Online. View
(2023). Amir Abdul Reda, Omololá Olarinde. 2023. Migration aspirations in Kenya, Morocco and Nigeria during the COVID-19 pandemic: A social media analysis. View
(2023). Omololá Olarinde, Lena Detlefsen, Melissa E. Tornari, Eleonore Kofman, Tobias Heidland, Abdulfatai Salawudeen. 2023. Gender in migration aspirations and decision-making, trajectories and policies. EU Horizon Europe DYNAMIG D7.2 View
(2022). Ogbeide, S.O.; Olarinde, O.S. and Obadeyi, J.A. 2022. Remittances, Monetary Policy Transmission Mechanisms and Economic Performance. Journal of Economics and Administrative Studies, Vo. 5. Issue 1 pp. 16-28. View
(2022). Raghuram P. and Olarinde, O.S. 2022. Gender and Migration, in Gold, S.J. and Nawyn, S.J. Eds. Handbook on Immigration and Refugee Studies (Second Edition), Routledge, London. View
(2022). Olarinde, O.S. and Eckersley, A. 2022. Assessment of Public Employment Services in Nigeria. International Labour Organisation (ILO) and German Development Agency (GiZ) report. Abuja. 2022. View
(2021). Olarinde, O.S. 2021. The Spatial Distribution of African Migrants in selected Global North destinations. PhD Thesis. University of Ibadan, Ibadan. View
(2021). Olarinde O.S. 2021. Nigeria-Africa Migration Dynamics in Obiezu and Odimegwu (Eds) Nigerian Migration Governance: Strides, Challenges and Prospects Centre for Migration Studies Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka p. 106 to 128. View
(2020). Olarinde O.S. 2020. Embodying the Spirit of Globalisation in D Hack-polay Ed in Migration practice as creative practice, Emerald Publishers. View
(2018). Olarinde, O.S. and Adeniran, A, 2018. Addressing the energy consumption- economic growth nexus: the Nigerian case. Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy (The) 9 (2), 84-100. View
(2015). Migration, Human Capital Formation and Economic Growth in Nigeria. A conference paper presented at the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE), University of Oxford, United Kingdom. 24 March 2015. View
(2015). Danladi, J. D. and Akomolafe, K. J. and Olarinde, O. S. and Anya, N. L. (2015) Government Expenditure and Its Implication for Economic Growth Evidence from Nigeria. Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development, 6 (18). pp. 142-150. ISSN N 2222-1700 View
(2015). Olubiyi, E. and Olarinde, O.S. 2015. Revisiting the effects of workers’ remittances on economic development in Nigeria, Journal of Economic and Social Thought, Vol. 2. Issue 4 p 282 to 298. View
(2013). Olarinde, O.S. and Olawuyi, D.S. 2013. Setting sustainable standards for biofuel production in Nigeria, legal and institutional imperatives. Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy, Vol. 2. Issue 1, pp 224-242 View

Professional Bodies

Certification Professional body Country
Member Network of Migration Research on Africa (NOMRA) Nigeria
Research Fellow Institute for Oil and Gas, Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development (OGEES) Nigeria
Member Nigerian Economic Society Nigeria