Dr Josephine Adekola
- Lecturer in Strategy Communication/Science and Technology Policy (Management)
- Associate (School of Health & Wellbeing)
Adam Smith Business School, Main Building
Dr. Josephine Adekola is a strategy communication/science and technology policy lecturer with interest in disaster risks, risk communication, risk assessment, public engagement, and science and technology policymaking.
Dr. Adekola's research explores how stakeholders might collaboratively use science and new technologies to create opportunities and solve societal problems for sustainable, resilient, and inclusive communities through enhanced understanding, policy, and behavioral changes.
Website: Public Debate Research Project
IMPACT AND ENGAGEMENT
- Documentary film: ‘Scotland, African Voices: The Covid19 Vaccine Debate’. The documentary aims to address health inequalities and save lives by encouraging vaccine take-up in the Scottish, African, Caribbean, and Black communities and by highlighting social-epistemological obstacles amongst barriers to vaccination for these communities.
- Full documentary is available here: https://youtu.be/h1yNAZffpOg (shortlisted for Scottish knowledge exchange awards for 'making a social difference' category)
- Trailer is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ie8SMVvy1Y
Partners: Sarah Gilbert and the Vaccine Knowledge Group (University of Oxford), Emma Thompson (the MRC Centre for Virus Research), Mona Simion (Cogito Epistemology Research Center), Deji Bolarinwa (University of Ilorin, Nigeria), Duncan Pritchard (University of California Irvine), Ilan Kelman (University College London, Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction), Jason Leitch (National Clinical Director, the Scottish Government), Claire Cameron (Public Health Scotland), Pastor Yinka and Adefolake Adesina (Fountain of Living Water, RCCG, Ayr), pRESPECT Hub Edinburgh, Sharpen Her: the African Women's Network (SHAWM), Glasgow Black and Scot, Aberdeen Jezreel Consultancy.
- 2022 Oct. BBC News Scotland. Film premiere: ‘The Covid19 Vaccine Debate’ in Scotland’s African and Caribbean communities.
- 2022 Oct. Vaccine Inclusive Steering Group Research Presentation. COVID-19 Vaccine Debate Research within Scotland African and Caribbean communities.
- 2022 Aug. BEMIS/SG Joint Research Launch Event. COVID-19 Vaccine Experience and Hesitancy Within African, Caribbean, and Black (ACB) Communities In Scotland https://publichealthscotland.scot/repository/covid-19-vaccine-experience-and-hesitancy-within-african-caribbean-and-black-acb-communities-in-scotland.
- 2022. Community event: ‘COVID-19 Experience and Vaccine Hesitancy, Glasgow’. Public Debate Project, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow in partnership with Sharpen Her: African Women Network (SHAWN).
- 2022. Community event: ‘COVID-19 Experience and Vaccine Hesitancy, Edinburgh’. Public Debate Project, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow in partnership with PRESPECT HUB CIC, Edinburgh.
- 2021. THE NIGERIAN PRIDE | Interview with Dr Josephine Adekola. COVID-19 Research and Vaccine Hesitancy. Jambo Radio Scotland. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6TVOh1DHeE
- 2022. Community event: ‘COVID-19 Experience and Vaccine Hesitancy, Aberdeen’. Public Debate Project, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow in partnership with Black and Scot, Aberdeen.
- 2022. Community event: ‘COVID-19 Experience and Vaccine Hesitancy, Ayr’. Public Debate Project, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow in partnership with Fountain of Living Water, Ayr.
- 2022. THE NIGERIAN PRIDE | Interview with Dr Josephine Adekola. COVID-19 Research and Vaccine hesitancy. Jambo Radio Scotland. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zl6_633JAYU
- 2021. BBC News. Vaccine Inclusive Steering Group Research Presentation. COVID-19 Vaccine experience in Scotland’s African and Caribbean communities.
Dr Adekola is a member of the School's Strategy and Technology Management research cluster.
Area of expertise
- Disaster risk management
- Community resilience
- Risk communication
- Social amplification of risk
- Public engagement
- Science and technology policy
Adekola J. (2023): Community Film Screening: Creating a shared understanding of the science and risk of COVID-19 vaccines to inform vaccine confidence and uptake within Scotland's African and Caribbean communities. Glasgow Knowledge Exchange Funds - £20761.80
Adekola J., Gray C. and Simion M. (2023) Addressing accessibility issues to health and social care services among African and Caribbean communities in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. College Research Funds - £5000.00.Adekola J. (2022) The ontology and epistemology of risk communication. ASBS Research Pump-Priming Fund - £3000.00
Adekola J. and Simion M. (2022) The epistemological dimensions of risk communication and science engagement. ArtsLab - £2500.00.
Adekola J. (2022) "What is the science and data behind COVID-19 vaccines": Addressing concerns and curiosities of African, Caribbean, and Black communities in Scotland. IAA Impact funding, University of Glasgow - £10,000.00.
Adekola J. (2022) COVID-19 vaccine experience and hesitancy within Scotland's African, Caribbean, and Black (ACB) communities. BEMIS (Scotland) - £3000.00.
Dr Adekola's is interested in supervising PhD research in disaster risk management, risk communication, community resilience, and vaccine or stakeholders engagement.
- Management issues and controversies
- Operational risk management
Recent conference full paper presentation
- Adekola J. (2022) Strategies to Build Trust and COVID-19 Vaccine Engagement and Confidence. IRSPM Conference.
- Adekola J. (2022) Medical Populism and vaccine hesitancy and way forward. A survey of ethnic minority communities in Scotland. BAM Conference 2022
- Adekola J. (2022) Working paper: A conceptual understanding of social equity in public engagement regarding science and technology policy. BAM Conference 2022