• Currently on the research project “Bioeconomy Sustainability Recourse for the Nigeria Tropical Environment”. The research wishes to assess the prospects for sustainable bioeconomy in Nigeria critically. It presupposes the concept of strong sustainability being applied to the case of the Nigeria Niger Delta (Kalu 2018, Kalu & Ott 2019). It also supposes the capability approach by Sen and Nussbaum as well as the UN SDG. Finally, it adopts the principle of non-victimization from the environmental justice discourse (Ott 2020). The research is looking beyond raw materials as timber, biomass, and oil etc. and thinking out of the box in terms of fair trade, sustainability, nature protection and health based on the political economic theory of comparative advantage and on Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS) concept. This bioeconomy is researched under the hypothesis that diversification of industries improves the living conditions of the people’s majority in the longer run. Therefore, single bioeconomic options are checked against the ethical yardsticks of sustainability, comparative advantage, pro-poor development and diversification.
  • Worked as a researcher in a joint project “Zoning Niger Delta for Conservation Priorities” of Greifswald and Kiel Universities that focused on prospects for restoration and conservation in the Niger Delta. Participated in the project to analyse the categories of International Union of conservation of Nature and assess the reason for categorisation (Fellowship, Universität Greifswald, 2017 - 2018). Identified the core conservation priorities of the Niger Delta wetland in terms of wildlife, breeding, hibernation habitats, and various specific species.
  • Led a research project on the philosophy and ethics of the environment to analyse various sustainability concepts that included corporate responsibility and ethics, environmental justice, social justice & issues of compliance, HSE, climate ethics and ecological economics and environmental protection. Analysed the overall situation in the Niger Delta from a sustainability theory and business ethics, to ensure use of Sen’s and Nussbaum’s capability approach (Doctoral Research, 2014 - 2017). Resolved issues related to compensatory justice, political economy, and restoration ecology.