Prof. Evans Osabuohien

DePECOS Institutions and Development Research Centre.

Prof. Evans Osabuohien

Founding Chair

Evans Osabuohien is a Professor of Economics and the Head, Department of Economics & Development Studies at Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria. He has executed funded research projects as an individual, team leader, and team member. He is astute in research, which has resulted in the publication of five books and over 200 scholarly articles. This has recently positioned him among the top 2% researchers in agricultural economics in the AD Scientific Index 2023 Rankings for Scientists.

He has participated in conferences/workshops/short courses across the world. He was first appointed as the Head of Department (HOD) in 2016, emerging as the Youngest HOD in the University. He received a Double Promotion to the Rank of a Full Professor of Economics in December 2017, making him the Youngest Professor in the University. In May 2020, he was recognised as ‘One of the 6 Youngest Professors in Nigeria’. He is the Pioneer Chair at the Centre for Economic Policy and Development Research (CEPDeR) and the Pioneer Chair at the Regional Centre of Expertise, Ogun State (RCE Ogun).

He is a member of numerous International Learned Societies and Professional Associations. Besides his academic prowess, he plays an active role as a practitioner. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Covenant Microfinance Bank Ltd (since 2018); Board of Directors, Canadian Centre for Raw Materials Display Inc (CaCeRMDI), Ontario, Canada (since 2021); Seasoned Researchers and Business Advisors Ltd (since 2021), and Founding Chair & Lead Economist, DePECOS Institutions and Development Research Centre [DIaDeRC]  (since 2023). He is a Visiting Professor at Witten/Herdecke University, Germany and Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique, as well as a former Visiting Scholar at the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (June-December 2020). He is a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Swedish Institute, among many others.

He is the Editor of ‘Handbook of Research on In-Country Determinants and Implications of Foreign Land Acquisitions’ (2015),  ‘The Palgrave Handbook of Agricultural and Rural Development in Africa’ (2020, Palgrave Macmillan + Springer), and Handbook of Research on Institutions Development for Sustainable and Inclusive Development in Africa (2021, IGI Global); COVID-19 in the African Continent: Sustainable Development and Socioeconomic Shocks (2022, Emerald);   and Socioeconomic Shocks and Africa’s Development Agenda:  Lessons and Policy Directions in a Post-COVID-19 Era (2023, Routledge + Taylor & Francis).

Also, he is the Guest Editor for the African Journal of Economic and Management Studies (Emerald) on ‘Labour Issues in Africa’s Agricultural and Rural Transformation’ (2020);  ‘Socioeconomic Shocks, Inequality and Food System‘ in the Global South for Contemporary Social Science (2022, Taylor & Francis); ‘Policies for Fostering Food Security’ (2023, Elsevier).

He is married with children.