Adegboyega Adeniran

Bsc (Hons), MEng Science
PhD Student

Gboyega is a PhD student at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University. He tutors and works as a research officer at the School.

Gboyega worked as a Project Officer with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) – Newcastle, on the Tomago Wetland Rehabilitation Project. He completed a BSc (Hons) in Geography in 2004 and a PgDiploma in Social Work at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, in 2009. He also obtained a Master of Engineering Science at the University of Newcastle, Australia in 2011. He is an alumnus of the Institute of development studies at the University of Sussex.

Gboyega has a keen interest in politics and has served in several leadership roles both in Nigeria and Australia. He is a former President of the ANU African Students Association.

Research interests


Gboyega’s research focuses broadly on the politics and governance of water infrastructure in Nigeria with an emphasis on state-society relationship and its impact on water governance. He uses interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological approaches to study the role of power in decision-making at the household/community and national/transnational levels.

For this research, he undertook 5 months fieldwork in Nigeria between 2017 and 2018 working on 3 projects: a state water supply scheme, a WaterAid community water supply project, and the Transaqua interbasin water transfer project to Lake Chad.

Research interests:

Water politics, power, water governance, water conflict, water policy, political ecology, political sociology, Nigeria, water infrastructure, transboundary water governance

Adeniran, Adegboyega & Daniell, K. (2017). The attempt to replenish Lake Chad’s water may fail again. Here’s why. Retrieved January 29, 2018, from

Conference/Seminar papers

Adeniran A. “Transaqua project: National politics in the face of regional commitments – Challenges and strategies for effective coordination” The International Conference on Lake Chad Basin, Feb 26-28, 2018, Abuja, Nigeria

Adeniran A. “An analysis of micro-level water policy implementation in Nigeria: A Political Sociological approach” 3rd International Conference on Public Policy (ICPP3) Singapore, June 29, 2017

Adeniran A. “Water politics and governance in Nigeria, Fenner School of Environment and Society, December 15, 2017

Scholarships, grants and awards

Australian National University Vice-Chancellor Travel Grant 2018

Tutoring ENVS3028 Environmental Policy, Semester 1, 2019 at the Fenner school.