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Corruption and accountability in postcolonial African societies
Policing youths and ethnic minorities
Policing and (in)security in post-conflict societies
Procedural justice and police legitimacy
Cyber-enabled crime, online fraud and romance scam
Stress and stressors in the criminal justice
Crime and psychopathology
Media representations of crime and criminal justice
Trust and confidence in the criminal justice
Terrorism and counter-terrorism
Psychosocial predictors of crimes and human behaviour

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Personal profile


Oluwagbenga Michael Akinlabi is Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northumbria University in Newcastle, United Kingdom. He has PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Griffith University in Australia. Prior to this, he had completed a Master of Philosophy degree in Criminological Research from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria and Bachelor of Education in Guidance and Counselling (options in Geography) also from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria.

Within the past few years, Michael has worked as a university lecturer, an associate lecturer, and a university research assistant. During this period, he has provided lectures, coordinated and convened large undergraduate and postgraduate programs in intelligence and security studies, criminology, and psychology. He has successfully attracted more than 15 scholarships, grants, recognition and awards in Nigeria, United Kingdom and Australia; including the prestigious British Commonwealth Scholarships and Australian Postgraduate Awards.

Michael’s research interests include procedural justice and police legitimacy, policing the global south, police use of force, corruption and accountability, policing youths and BAME, crime and psychopathology, and stress in police. Specifically, his current research has been exploring how perceptions of justice and fairness, corruption, and feelings of trust, can go a long way to influence compliance and/or cynicism towards the law.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Criminology, PhD, Policing in a Lawless Society: A Study of Police Legitimacy and Procedural Justice in Nigeria, Griffith University Queensland

10 Oct 201211 Oct 2016

Award Date: 11 Oct 2016

Criminology, MPhil, Legitimacy, Corruption and Delinquency: A Study of Adolescents' Perceptions and Behaviour in Nigeria, University of Cambridge

1 Oct 201030 Sept 2011

Award Date: 26 Nov 2011

Clinical Psychology, MSc, Influence of Self-esteem and Optimism on Anxiety Levels of Soon-to-be-released Inmates in Nigerian Prisons, University of Ibadan

27 Nov 200726 Feb 2010

Award Date: 26 Feb 2010

Counselling and Guidance, BEd (Hons), Interactive Effects of Age, Gender, Rank and Emotional Intelligence on Workplace Bullying among Nigeria Police Officers in Ibadan, University of Ibadan

7 Jan 200210 Feb 2006

Award Date: 10 Feb 2006


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