Bankole worked as a full time Journalist in Africa, first as a science journalist and later edited a major national newspaper and as a media adviser in politics. He studied agriculture and has been actively involved in teaching and research in the sciences. Bankole studied for an MBA in Nigeria and an MSc in Social and Public Communication at the Department for Psychological and Behavioural Science (PBS) at the LSE. This was followed by a PhD thesis focusing on science communication and resistance also at the LSE. The thesis has been transformed into a research book: “Living with science and miracles”.
Bankole is interested in science communication and the impact of other knowledge sources such as religion, politics, economy, culture and traditions on the uptake of scientific ideas. He has special interests in the relationship between science and religion, the social representations of health and illness, particularly in Africa (in comparison with the West), media representations of science, automated text analysis and cross-cultural studies.
Post PhD at the LSE, Bankole taught Health Communication and was co-director of the MSc Health, Community and Development Programme at PBS for an academic session and then worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Bielefeld in Germany. He was engaged by the LSE as a Visiting Fellow to the PBS and as an external consultant to the MACAS project – Mapping the Cultural Authority of Science funded by the ESRC (UK), DFG (Germany) and ISSRC (India).