Dr Edward Ademolu is an LSE Fellow in Qualitative Research Methodology in the Department of Methodology. Prior to joining LSE, he completed a PhD in Development Policy and Management (International Development) in 2018 at the Global Development Institute (GDI) – The University of Manchester, where he is also an Honorary Research Fellow. He is an interdisciplinary scholar and qualitative methodologist with particular expertise in the fields of International Development, Diaspora and Media.
Using a range of qualitative methodologies including in-depth interviews, focus group discussions, online-ethnography, photo-elicitation and discourse analysis; Edward’s PhD generated insights into critical questions concerning the role that visual representations of Africa (and communities therein) in NGO fundraising, publicity material has for the multiple and contradictory ways in which British communities of Nigerian heritage perceive, ‘think (and know) about’, identify with and engage in, their country/continent of origin.
Following his PhD, Edward worked as an Independent Academic Consultant in the NGO/Development sector on commissioned projects, partnering with international charities including, Oxfam (GB), where he made important policy contributions to ‘imagery and portrayal’.
Currently, he is converting his PhD thesis into journal articles.
Edward’s research interests are primarily in the (interconnected) field of International Development, ‘Identities’, visual representation/communications, Diaspora and postcolonial analyses – particularly, how African Diaspora individuals and communities engage with (or not) and appropriate meaning to International Development discourse, practice and visual communication. More broadly, he is interested in qualitative research methodology and methods in the Social Sciences.