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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



Demilade Fayemiwo is a results-oriented researcher with experience in climate change adaptation and addressing environmental pollution. She has worked as a project officer on projects funded by South Africa’s Water Research Commission (WRC) and has a proven track record of successfully planning and executing scientific and policy-related research projects. She has also led a capacity building project to aid policy implementation at provincial government level in South Africa. She is skilled in stakeholder engagement, capacity building and communication of information in lay terms to allow broader public engagement. During her PhD, she won the University of Johannesburg’s three-minute thesis competition and was also awarded the L’Oréal-UNESCO ‘For women in science’ fellowship. In 2019, she gave a TEDx speech on ‘the issues women in science face’. In addition to her work experience, she has volunteered at different organizations and is passionate about using her knowledge and skills to bring positive change to communities.


Climate change; environmental pollution; health; education and skills


Key publications: 
  • Fayemiwo, O.M., Daramola, M.O. and Moothi, K., 2017. BTEX compounds in water–future trends and directions for water treatment. Water SA, 43(4), pp.602-613.
  • R.A. Dube, B. Maphosa, O.M. Fayemiwo., 2016. Adaptive climate change technologies and approaches for local governments: water sector response. WRC report TT 663/16. ISBN 978-1-4312-0792-3.
  • Dube, R. A., Maphosa, B., Malan, A., Fayemiwo, O. M., Ramulondi, D. and Zuma, T. A., 2017. Response of urban and peri-urban aquatic ecosystems to riparian zones land uses and human settlements. WRC Report No. 2339/04/16.
  • Fayemiwo O.M. and Carden K. 2021. Emerging Contaminants and the Proof for Proactive Regulation in sub-Saharan Africa (Under review)
Supervisor: Dr Matthew Agawala