Yemi is a Liu Scholar at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, a UBC Public Scholar, and a PhD student at the Faculty of Forestry, UBC. He researches the politics and production of knowledge in multi-level forest governance. Within this context, he explores issues around perceptions, roles and contested narratives of knowledge within an emerging indigenous-driven environmental intervention in Bolivia. His research is supervised by Dr Shannon Hagerman.
Prior to commencing his PhD degree, Yemi has functioned in various professional roles which now inform his research interests and pursuits. He has worked in an academic institution, a government ministry and most recently with a United Nation specialized agency – the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, based in Rome, Italy. He has fulfilled volunteering, leadership and advisory roles with organizations like the International Union of Forest Research Organization (IUFRO), Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA) and the Erasmus Mundus Association, among many others. His previous research explored themes like knowledge systems and multi-stakeholder engagement in resources governance, conducted in Nepal, Uganda etc. His portfolio covers professional and research experiences in Africa, Europe, America, Asia and the Pacific.
He holds a double MSc degree by completing the Sustainable Tropical Forestry (SUTROFOR) Erasmus Mundus Master program – MSc Environmental Forestry from Bangor University, Wales and MSc Forests and Livelihoods from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He obtained his B.Tech in Forestry and Wood Technology from the Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria.