Dr Tolu Olarewaju

Job Title and Responsibilities

Lecturer in Business Economics

About Me

I have been an award winning Banker, Entrepreneur and Educator with consistent positive feedback. I currently lecture on a range of topics primarily focused around the areas of economics, business strategy, entrepreneurship and international business.

Prior to graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Economics from Babcock University., I ran my own successful technology enhancing and supply business and continued to run it after graduating. Upon graduation, I immediately joined Zenith Bank Plc and won awards for 1st place (exams) and most outstanding team player from the bank during the orientation program. I left Zenith Bank in 2009 to pursue my MSc studies in International Economics at the University of Birmingham where I was a student representative and founding society president.

I obtained my PhD in Economics from Aston University, where I served as a Sessional Lecturer and also in several capacities to enhance the student learning experience with the Students Union. My PhD thesis focused on self-employment and entrepreneurship in developing countries. I am passionate about economics, education, social mobility, empowerment and business.


  • PhD Economics, Aston University (2016);
    Thesis: Linking Labour Force Participation, Education, Labour Wages and Household Consumption in Developing Countries; Push and Pull Effects in Self-Employment - Evidence From Nigeria.

  • MSc International Economics, University of Birmingham (2010);
    Thesis: Globalization & Gender Inequality.

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2014);
    Thesis: Expectations of Technology in Learning Enhancement.

  • BSc Economics (Hons), Babcock University (2007);
    Dissertation: Agriculture as a Means of Economic Empowerment (A Case Study of the Zimbabwean White Farmers Project).

  • Professional Diploma in Information Technology, NIIT (2007).

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Higher Education Academy (Fellow)

  • Royal Economic Society (Member)

  • Academy of Management (Member & Reviewer) Entrepreneurship Division Best Reviewer Award (2015)

  • European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (Member)

  • European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (Member)

  • Beta Gamma Sigma (Member)

  • British Academy of Management (Member)

  • European Association of Labour Economists (Member)


Economics, Business, Research, Analysis of Large Data-sets, Econometrics/Econometric Software, Word Processing, Lecturing and Presentation skills.

Research Interests

My present research interests centre on entrepreneurship, self-employment, international business, business economics and areas encompassing social, developmental, labour and general economics. I am particularly interested in research that might have policy implications as well as areas incorporating poverty reduction.

Current Teaching

  • Introduction to Economics/Economic Environment (ECON40117)
  • Business Economics (ECON40110)
  • Microeconomics (ECON40119)
  • Macroeconomics (MKTG50305)
  • Entrepreneurship (ENTP70083)
  • Research methods (04N11015)
  • Strategic Management in Organisations (STRA60093)
  • International Business (IBUS70004)


Dr Tolu Olarewaju
Business School
Staffordshire University
Brindley Building
Leek Road
t: +44 (0)1782 294185
e: tolulope.olarewaju@staffs.ac.uk
twitter: @ToluOlarewaju