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Prof. Dr. Akinyemi, Felicia O.

Visiting Professor and Humboldt Research Fellow

Research interests:
Study Areas:
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Botswana and South Africa (Southern Africa)
  • Nigeria (West Africa)
  • Rwanda (East Africa)
  • 11/2013 – Present: Associate Professor Botswana International University of Science and Technology, Palapye, Botswana. Principal investigator for a research project
  • 03/2008 –11/2013: Dean/Associate Professor University of Rwanda, former Kigali Institute of Science and Technology and Deputy Director (training, research, consultancy)/Senior Researcher former National university of Rwanda Centre for GIS and Remote Sensing (CGIS), Huye, Rwanda
  • 03/2007 – 02/2008: Senior Lecturer and postgraduate programme coordinator Department of Surveying and Geoinformatics, University of Lagos, Akoka, Nigeria
  • 08/2004 – 02/2007: Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow (Post-Doc)/Guest Researcher Institute of Cartography and Geoinformatics, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany
  • Remote Sensing for Earth & Environmental Science
  • Natural Resources Management 
  • Introduction to Biophysical Environment
  • Geographic Information System and Databases
  • GIS Issues and Management
  • Man and Environment
Current projects: Remote sensing based estimates of Land Degradation Neutrality baselines for Botswana.
Selected closed projects:
Other activities:
  • Recent publications (Selected):

Peer reviewed:

  • Akinyemi FO, Mashame G 2018. Analysis of land change in the dryland agricultural landscapes of eastern Botswana. Land Use Policy 76:798-811. doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2018.03.010
  • Akinyemi FO 2017 Land change in the central Albertine Rift: Insight from analysis and mapping of land use-cover change in north-western Rwanda. Appl Geogr 87:127-138. doi:10.1016/j.apgeog.2017.07.016
  • Akinyemi FO, Pontius, Jr RG, Braimoh AK 2017. Land change dynamics: Insights from Intensity Analysis applied to an African emerging city. J.  Spat Sci 62(1):69-83. doi:10.1080/14498596.2016.1196624
  • Akinyemi FO 2017. Climate change and variability in semi-arid Palapye, Eastern Botswana: An assessment from smallholder farmers’ perspective. Weather Clim. Soc 9:349–65. doi:10.1175/WCAS-D-16-0040.1
  • Kebonye N, Eze P, Akinyemi FO 2017. Long-term treated wastewater impacts and source identification of heavy metals in semi-arid soils of Central Botswana Geoderma Reg 10:200-214. doi:10.1016/j.geodrs.2017.08.001
  • Mashame G, Akinyemi FO 2016. Towards a Remote Sensing based assessment of land susceptibility to degradation: Examining seasonal variation in land use-land cover for modelling land degradation in a semi-arid context. Annals Photogrammetry RS Spat Infor Sci 3(8): 137-144. doi:10.5194/isprsannals-III-8-137-2016
  • Akinyemi FO 2016. Technology use in Rwandan secondary schools: An assessment of teachers’ attitudes towards GIS. Int. Research in Geography Env. Education 25(1):1-16. doi:10.1080/10382046.2015.1106848


  • Akinyemi FO 2018 Incorporating Geographic Information Science in the BSc Environmental Science program in Botswana. Proceedings, International Cartographic Association, vol. 1, 3. doi:10.5194/ica-proc-1-3-2018
  • Akinyemi FO, Nzakamwita JMV 2014. African emerging small towns: Assessing the changing environment due to urban growth. Proceedings, AfricaGeo, 1-14. ISBN: 978-0-620-60666-0

Book chapters:

  • Akinyemi FO 2014. Perspectives on developing critical Geo-Information human capacity in a developing country context. In Buchroithner M, Prechtel N, Burghardt D (eds) Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 451-460. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-32618-9_32, BCI, Citations: 2.
  • Akinyemi FO, Hakizimana B, Mazimpaka JD 2013. Designing a discovery geospatial portal for promoting Geo-ICT use in Rwanda. In Onsrud H, Rajabifard A (eds) Spatial Enablement in Support of Economic Development and Poverty Reduction. Needham, MA: GSDI Association Press, 245-262.
  • Akinyemi FO 2013. Socio-economic development in the Albertine Rift and its impact on the environment. In Kanyamibwa S (ed.) Albertine Rift Conservation Status Report. Albertine Rift Conservation Series No 1. Uganda, and UK: Albertine Rift Conservation Society, 69-74.


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