Welcome to the official website of the Institute for Oil, Gas, Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development (OGEES Institute)
The OGEES Institute is an international research Institute centered at Africa's fastest growing University-Afe Babalola University, Nigeria. The Institute utilizes multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, to develop, inform, and influence critical investment and policy decisions by industry and government on issues related to oil, gas, mining, energy, environment and sustainable development.
This academic unit of Afe Babalola University was created in response to identified capacity development, research and analytical gaps and challenges facing the sustainable management of natural resources, environment and conflict resolution in Nigeria and Africa. Despite Nigeria’s position as a leading oil and gas supplier in the world, as well as a country rich in diverse solid minerals, research on how this geological affluence can translate to better standard of living, cleaner environment and safer and healthier Nigerian communities, have not been developed and communicated to expected international standards.
It was in order to bridge this gap and to bring relevant best practices and knowledge to stakeholders, students, administrators, community heads, judges, policy leaders and business executives, that the Institute for Oil, Gas, Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development (OGEES) was established in 2012 as Nigeria’s first and pioneering university centered sustainable development research and training Institute.
The OGEES Institute was established through a generous professorial endowment by Nigeria’s foremost lawyer and Founder of Afe Babalola University, Aare Afe Babalola CON, SAN, LL.D. Through this initial endowment, Harvard and Oxford trained scholar, Prof. Damilola S. Olawuyi was appointed as the pioneer Director to lead the successful take off of this international institute. The OGEES Institute is managed by the Director and governed by a Distinguished Board of Governors. It is also supported and guided by a roster of leading international advisors and expert collaborators.
The OGEES Institute pursues a three-fold mandate of research, capacity building and public dialogue. The Institute initiates projects and responds to requests from the public and private sectors and from non-governmental organizations in line with its mandates and objectives.
More information about our Vision, Mission and Strategic Objectives is available here.
Our Core Areas of Research, Consultancy and Training
The OGEES Institute is engaged in seven primary areas of international sustainable development research, each of which is led by a Senior Fellow. These are:
Oil and Gas
Mining, Energy and Natural Resources
Trade, Investment and Sustainable Development (including public private partnerships)
International Environmental Law and Policy
Climate Change (vulnerability, impacts and adaptation)
Food and Agriculture
Resource Governance, Peace and Conflict Studies
The Senior Fellows and the Director of the Institute meet periodically (Energy Consortium) to discuss cross-cutting areas of sustainable development research and how to reflect these intersections in their respective areas of research.
OGEES Institute also works in collaboration with learned researchers and scholars from all regions of the world who serve as Associate Fellows. Through a competitive selection process, the Institute selects Associate Fellows who have demonstrated outstanding research contribution to scholarship in the areas of Oil, Gas, Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development. Associate Fellows are entitled to the privileges and benefits associated with the membership of the OGEES Institute. We continually welcome applications for these positions.
The Institute is to be supported by grants, endowments and contracts from donors, international foundations and the private sector. More information on how to support or collaborate with the Institute can be found here, they can also be otained by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org