Dr Michael Ogunnusi

Job: Lecturer in Youth & Community Work, and Education

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH.

T: +447792073590

E: mogunnusi@dmu.ac.uk

Social Media: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mogunnusi/


Personal profile

An experienced and qualified youth & community worker, and social worker, Mike joined De Montfort’s Youth & Community Division full-time in 2020, taking on the role of MA course leader for community development and youth work. Additionally, he teaches on numerous BA programmes with the Youth Work & Community Development Division, and Education Studies.

Mike successfully completed his PhD in 2020, titled: ‘Young people, situated learning, and peace praxis at the margins of everyday life'. His work focused on how young people understand issues of peace, conflict and violence in everyday life, and what young people do with what they know. Additionally, Mike writes about Participatory Action Research (PAR) built around an original approach to Photovoice, and how PAR can be a valuable tool in educational practice, youth & community work, and peace work.

Mike is passionate about issues of social justice and community-based pedagogy. His background includes social work, community development, civil rights work and police monitoring, research, and advocacy. He continues to deliver youth work and peace education with significantly vulnerable communities such as young people who are marginalised or at risk of serious violence.

Research group affiliations

Institute for Research in Criminology and Community and Social Justice

Publications and outputs

  • Sallah, M., Ogunnusi, M. & Kennedy, R. (2018) ‘Intersectionality and resistance in youth work: young people, peace and global 'development' in a racialized world’, in Alldred, P., Cullen, F., Edwards, K. & Fusco, D. (eds.) (2018) The Sage Handbook of Youth Work Practice. London: Sage, 140-153. 
  • Ogunnusi, M. (2019) ‘Photovoice: A Focus on Dialogue, Young People, Peace and Change’, Journal of Dialogue Studies, Special Issue (7), 27-41.
  • Ogunnusi, M. (2006) Keep It Together, Keep It Safe: Violence, Peace and Young People. Development Education Journal, 13 (1), 12-14.

Research interests/expertise

  • Youth & Community Work
  • Critical Peace Education
  • Participatory Action Research
  • Photovoice
  • Anti-Racist narratives in Education and Youth Work
  • Sociology of Everyday life 
  • Dialogue and Praxis

Areas of teaching

  • Theory & Practice of Community Development
  • Theory & Practice of Youth Work
  • Professional Youth Work practice
  • Peace & Conflict Studies
  • Research Methods
  • Anti-Oppressive Practice
  • Dissertation


  • PhD (2020) Applied Social Sciences 
  • MA (2006) Health & Com Dev 
  • BA Hons (1992)Sociology

Courses taught

  • MA Theory & Practice of Community Development
  • MA Theory & Practice of Youth Work

Professional licences and certificates

JNC Professional Qualification in Youth Work

CQSW Professional Qualification in Social Work

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