Faculty & Staff
Adenrele Awotona, PhD
Director, Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters
Professor of Urban and Community Studies
Areas of Expertise
Reconstruction after disasters, design and planning, sustainable community development
PhD, University of Cambridge (UK)
Adenrele Awotona is the founder and director of the center. He is a former dean of the College of Public and Community Service at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
He earned his doctorate degree from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. He also earned a certificate from Harvard University’s Institute of Management and Leadership in Education; two certificates from Cornell University, one in managing performance in higher education and another from the Administrative Management Institute; as well as two certificates from the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), one in financial planning in an institutional setting and another from the Executive Leadership Institute. Furthermore, he is a graduate of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ Millennium Leadership Initiative Institute.
Professor Adenrele Awotona is a Certified Federal Grants Administrator. He was a peer reviewer for the Office of University Partnerships in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Austrian Science Fund (in Europe.) He has also been a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators.
He has been a principal investigator (or co-PI/researcher) on major projects funded by various agencies. These include the Boston Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Education, the British Council, the British Government Department for International Development, the United Nations Center for Human Settlements, the United Nations Development Program, and, the European Union. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance has also sponsored his participation in, and contribution to, global academic events. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance has also sponsored his participation in, and contribution to, global academic events. A stream of publications has, therefore, emanated from his work. Similarly, through research, consultancy and teaching, he has professional experience in many countries of Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Americas, and the Caribbean. Furthermore, Adenrele Awotona has been an external reviewer/examiner of over 200 masters' theses and doctoral dissertations internationally.
In public and community service, Professor Awotona was a former member of the Design and Planning Selection Board of the City-Parish of East Baton Rouge. He was also an Educator/Coordinator of Seminars (on sustainable community development, etc.) at the annual American Institute of Architects National Conventions for several years. Similarly, he has been a member of the U.S. National Architectural Accrediting Board’s program review team internationally and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Academic Leader, the national newsletter for academic deans. At the global level, he is a member of the Global Advisory Board of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies. He was a Director of Studies for British Council International Seminars (Reconstruction after disasters) in the United Kingdom, a technical consultant to the British Council Committee for International Cooperation in Higher Education, and, an Associate Adviser to the British Council on various aspects of the built environment.
Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.