Dr Oluwagbenga (Michael) Akinlabi

Lecturer in Criminology - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Oluwagbenga (Michael) Akinlabi

Phone: +61 6773 1819

Email: oakinlab@une.edu.au

Qualifications

PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice (Griffith)

MPhil in Criminological Research (Cambridge)

MSc in Clinical Psychology (Ibadan)

B.Ed. (Hons) in Guidance and Counselling with Geography (Ibadan)

Teaching Areas

CRIM 303: Capturing Crime

CRIM 309: Crimes against Humanity

CRIM314: Policing and Social Control

CRIM 324: Prisons and Punishment

Research Interests

Michael is a comparative and interdisciplinary researcher. He has successfully published in high impact criminology journals and in edited books on policing and substance abuse. As a researcher with strong background in understanding human behaviour, he has been particularly interested in exploring how social norms, perceptions of justice and fairness, corruption, emotions and motivations, feelings of trust, and predatory policing can go a long way to influence cynicism towards the law as well as the levels of resistance and defiance among individuals or groups in the community.

Specific research interests and supervision areas include but not limited to:

  • Corruption and accountability in postcolonial African societies
  • Policing youths and ethnic minorities in Australia
  • Policing and (in)security in post-conflict societies
  • Procedural justice and police legitimacy
  • Online fraud and dating/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

Selected Grants, Scholarships and Fellowships

  • Endeavour Executive Fellowship - Australian Government Department of Education and Training
  • $5000 University of New England BCSS Early Career Academic Grants
  • $6,000 Publication Assistance Scholarship, Griffith University Graduate Research School
  • $4000 Research Publication Grants, supported by Professor Kristina Murphy
  • $2500 Griffith University CCJ Conference Travel Award
  • $2500 Griffith Criminology Institute’s Conference Travel Grant
  • $2000 GUPSA Conference Travel Grants, Griffith University
  • $6000 Griffith CCJ International Research, Fieldwork and Data Collection
  • $50,000 (Approximate) Commonwealth Scholarships, CCT, University of Cambridge
  • $72,000 (Approximate) Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship
  • $92,000 (Approximate) Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship

Publications

Journal Publications

Akinlabi, O.M. (forthcoming) ‘Predatory Policing, Police Abuse and Implication for Trust and Cooperation with Police in Nigeria (Policing and Society)

Akinlabi, O.M. (forthcoming) ‘Citizens’ Accounts of Police Use of Force and its implication for Trust in the Police (Journal of Crime and Justice)

Akinlabi, O.M. & Murphy, K. (2018) ‘Dull Compulsion or Police Legitimacy? Assessing Why People Comply with the Law in Nigeria’ Police Practice and Research, 19:2, 186-201

Akinlabi, O.M. (2017) ‘Do the Police Really Protect and Serve the Public? Police Deviance and Public Cynicism towards the Law’ Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 17:2, 158-174

Akinlabi, O.M. (2017) ‘Young People, Procedural Justice and Police Legitimacy in NigeriaPolicing and Society,27:4, 419-438

Taiwo K.O. & Akinlabi O.M. (2012) ‘Job type, level of education, self-esteem and emotional intelligence as predictors of attitude to work among selected Nigerian artisans in Lagos State’ International Journal of Educational Leadership. 4(4): 1-10.

Aguiyi, O. A., Taiwo, K. O., Osinowo, H. O., Ottu, I. F. A., Ineme, M. E., & Akinlabi, O. M. (2010) ‘Influence of Sensation-Seeking and Impulsivity as Predictors of Drug Misuse among Youths in Ibadan’ African Journal of Drug and Alcohol Studies 9:2, 113–122.

Book Chapters

Akinlabi, O.M. (2018) ‘Why do Nigerians Cooperate with Police? Legitimacy, Procedural Justice, and other Contextual Factors in Nigeria’ in Oberwittler, D. & Roche, S (eds). Police-Citizen Relations across the World: Comparing Sources and Contexts of Trust and Legitimacy. London: Routledge.

Aguiyi, O.A., Taiwo, K.O., Osinowo, H.O., Ineme, M.E., Ottu, I.F.A., & Akinlabi, O.M. (2012) ‘Assessment of co-occurring substance related disorders and mental illness among psychoactive substance users’ IN Isidore, S.O., Ibanga, A.I., & Zamani, A. (eds). Substance Abuse in Africa pp. 199-210, Uyo: Centre for Research and Information on Substance Abuse.

Conference Presentations

2015 – 2017

Akinlabi, O.M. (2017) ‘The Police are Not Your Friends: Corrupt Policing and Implication for Trust and Cooperation with the Police’ Presentation at the 73rdAnnual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, November 15-18, 2017

Akinlabi, O.M., Murphy, K & Stenning, P. (2016) ‘Dull Compulsion or Police Legitimacy? Assessing Why People Comply with the Law in Nigeria’ Presentation at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 16-19, 2016

Akinlabi, O.M. (2016) ‘Police Deviance, Procedural (In)justice and Cynicism towards the Law in Nigeria’ Forthcoming Presentation at the 29th Annual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology conference, Hobart, Tasmania, 29th November to 2nd December 2016

Akinlabi, O.M. (2016) ‘From Nigeria with Love: Young People, Moral Justification, and Online Dating Scams’ Forthcoming Presentation at the 29th Annual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology conference, Hobart, Tasmania, 29th November to 2nd December 2016

Akinlabi, O.M. (2015) ‘Trans-cultural Relevance in Nigeria: Procedural Justice, Police Legitimacy, and Implications for Cooperation with the Police’ Presented at the 28th Annual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference, Flinders University, Adelaide, November 2015

2010 – 2014

Akinlabi, O.M. (2014) ‘Terrorism and National Security: Boko Haram and the Security Challenges in Nigeria’ Presented as a Keynote Speaker at the Final Year Students’ Conference, Department of Intelligence and Security Studies, Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, May 2014

Akinlabi, O.M. (2014) Church Safety and Security: Tackling Issues of Terrorism and Armed Bandits in Nigerian Churches’ Presented at Lighthouse International Christian Centre, Ibadan, May 2014

Akinlabi, O.M. (2013) ‘Predatory Policing in Nigeria: Public Experiences of Police Corruption, Brutality and its Implication on Police Legitimacy’ Presented at the 26th Annual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference, Brisbane, November 2013

Akinlabi, O.M. Osinowo, H. O., Taiwo, K.O., Ottu, I.F.A., Aguiyi, O.A., Ineme, M.E. (2010) ‘Personality Factors and Substance Misuse as Predictors of Accident Proneness among Selected Long Distance Drivers in Ibadan Metropolis’ Presented at CRISA’s 9th Biennial International Conference on “Alcohol, Drugs and Society in Africa, Abuja, August 2010

Asagba, R.B, Osinowo, H.O., Ineme, M.E., Taiwo, K.O., Akinlabi, O.M., Aguiyi, O.A. & Ottu, I.F.A. (2010) ‘Accessibility and Use of Substance among Adolescents in Selected Communities in Oyo State’, Presented at CRISA’s 9th Biennial International Conference on “Alcohol, Drugs and Society in Africa, Abuja, 11th – 12th August 2010

Akinlabi, O. M. & Osinowo, H. O. (2010) ‘Logotherapy and the Management of Prisons Inmates’ Presented at the 1st Nigerian Logotherapy Study Group Conference, Ibadan, 25th - 26th March 2010

Guest and Keynote presentations

Akinlabi, O.M. (2018) ‘Police Use of Force and the Problem of Accountability in Nigeria’, Lead paper presentation at the Annual Scientific Conference of the Nigerian Association of Clinical Psychologists, Ede, Nigeria, May 6-11, 2018

Akinlabi, O.M. (2018) ‘Inspire the Future’, A keynote presentation at the Annual Masterclass and Mentoring Session for African Youths, Talkbridge Events at the University of Ibadan Conference Centre, May 10, 2018

Akinlabi, O.M. (2014) ‘Terrorism and National Security: Boko Haram and the Security Challenges in Nigeria’ Presented as a Keynote Speaker at the Final Year Students’ Conference, Department of Intelligence and Security Studies, Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, May 2014

Akinlabi, O.M. (2014) Church Safety and Security: Tackling Issues of Terrorism and Armed Bandits in Nigerian Churches’ Presented at Lighthouse International Christian Centre, Ibadan, May 2014

Akinlabi, O. M. (2012) ‘A Fatal Friendship on Social Media: A Case of Facebook Predators, Cynthia Valerie Osokogu and the Implication on Cyber-Security in Nigeria’ Presented as a Key Note Speech at the Military and Paramilitary Students’ Conference/Workshop, Department of Psychology, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, 22nd September 2012

Akinlabi, O. M. (2012) Intelligence Led Policing, Crime Hotspots Policing and Security Implication in Nigeria. Presented as a Guest Speaker at the Military and Paramilitary Students’ Conference/Workshop, Department of Psychology, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, 22nd September 2012

Akinlabi, O. M. (2011) Understanding the Root Causes of Terrorism and Its Security Implications in Nigeria: Boko Haram as a Case Study, Presented as a Special Guest Lecturer at the Legal, Criminological and Security Psychology Conference, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, 4th November, 2011

Akinlabi, O. M. (2011) Nigeria Police, Extrajudicial Killings, and the Security Implications in Nigeria, Presented as a Special Guest Lecturer at the Legal, Criminological and Security Psychology Conference, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, 5th November, 2011

Workshops

48 Hours Practitioner Training on Element of Psychosocial Treatment for Drug Dependence, A TREATNET Program of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Adolescents’ Reproductive Health and HIV’AIDS Refreshers Course for Peer/Orientation Trainers, organised by United Nations Children Emergency Funds (UNICEF) in collaboration with National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Jos Plateau

Moving into Business (5-Day Entrepreneurial training for Students), Cambridge Graduate Development Program/Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

Convener, Creativity and Innovation for Maximum Output, Workshop for Nigerian Christian Corpers’ Fellowship (NCCF), Nasarawa State, Lafia,

Understanding Emotions and Emotional Intelligence for Success in Life and Workplace, Department of Guidance of Counselling, University of Ibadan Nigeria

Creativity, Innovation and Success. CYFO Behavioural Services in collaboration with the Department of Guidance and Counselling, University of Ibadan Nigeria.

Recent Media Interviews and Talks

2011 – 2015

Security Threats and Boko Haram Insurgency: A Critical View from Nigerians in the Diaspora, Invited Guest on African Security Talk, Radio 4eb 98.1FM, Brisbane Australia (19th February 2015)

The Benefits and Danger in Social Media: Profiling the Causes of Cynthia Osokogu’s Death as a Case Study for Responsible Internet Friendship and Trust. Invited as a Security Expert on BCOS Television Ibadan, Oyo State (18th September, 2012).

Menace of Terrorism (Boko Haram) and the Responses from the Nigerian Government: Will Nigeria Survive these Threats and Attacks? Invited as Security Expert on BCOS Television Ibadan, Oyo State (28th August, 2012)

Public Trusts and Confidence in Nigeria Police: How can it be enhanced? Invited as an Expert in Police and Policing /Guest Speaker on Morning Ride – Oluyole 98.5 FM Radio, Ibadan, Oyo State (18th April, 2012)

Understanding Boko Haram and the Security Implication for Nigerian Government. Invited as Security Expert on Morning Ride – Oluyole 98.5 FM Radio, Ibadan, Oyo State (17th January 2012)

Causes of Police Corruption, Extrajudicial Killings and Security Problems in Nigeria, Invited as an International Expert/Guest Speaker on Morning Ride – Oluyole 98.5 FM Radio, Ibadan, Oyo State (1st November, 2011)

Research Supervision Experience

“Crime in Food Production Processes in North Western Kenya”, Emmanuel K. Bunei, PhD Current, University of New England (Co-Supervisor)