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Titilayo Ajike Ayoola

 Titilayo Ajike Ayoola

Supervisors: Professor Robbie Shilliam and Dr Clive Gabay


Research topic: Participatory rural development in southwest Nigeria: A Postcolonial African Feminism critique

I obtained my BA (Hons) in International Relations and Politics at the University of Portsmouth in 2012 and my MA in International Relations from Queen Mary, University of London in 2013. I started my PhD in September 2014 at the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London. My PhD research is looking at the debates with regards to participatory development, and re-examining the notion of participatory development but more importantly, it aims at filling the lacunas in these debates from a critical Postcolonial African Feminist standpoint. My research also aims to bridge some theoretical gaps in Postcolonial and Development studies, which I will also utilize in my case study.

Furthermore, my research draws on and compares institutional and non-institutional forms of participation in development. This will be informed by my case study, which utilises southwest Nigeria, with a focus on rural women there in development efforts. Rural development efforts administered by international institutions such as the World Bank, state and non-state actors that are labeled participatory, as well as ones that are not necessarily directly labeled participatory will also be drawn on in my research, and compared.

My research aims to show how global structures with regards to international development, can affect the realities of the marginalized, like rural women in the global south, using southwest Nigeria as my case study from a non-mainstream dimension scarcely brought to the fore.

Research interests: International Relations, International Development, Gender and Development, Postcolonialism, Participatory development, Postcolonial Feminism, North-South Relations, Africa, African diasporas, International Institutions, Civil society, Rural Development, Ethnic minority rights

Conference presentation

  • 'What is Participatory about Participatory Rural Development? A case study from South West Nigeria' (presented at ISA annual convention Atlanta, Georgia, USA) (March 2016).  

Symposium presentation

  • 'Theorising Feminism From the Margins' (presented at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, UK) (May 2016).


  • British International Studies Africa & International Studies working group
  • British International Studies Association Colonial/Postcolonial/Decolonial working group
  • British International Studies Association Foreign Policy working group
  • International Studies Association
  • Royal African Society
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