Yewande Okuleye

Research Associate

Yewande Okuleye

  • Tel: (0)116 252 5854
  • Office: Attenborough 909
  • Email:


Yewande is the Research Associate on the Leverhulme funded project - The Oxford Group and the Emergence of Animal Rights: An Intellectual History.

Yewande is an interdisciplinary scholar with academic qualifications in Biochemistry, (B.Sc. University of Ilorin, Nigeria) Educational Research Methodology, (University of Nottingham, PG, Dip) Conceptual Art (M.F.A Slade School of Fine Art) and History of Medicine (MA, Wellcome Centre for History of Medicine University College London).

Yewande will complete her AHRC/ Collaborative Doctoral Award thesis – Contested Knowledges: Tracing Patient and Scientific Expertise and the Emergence of Medical Cannabis in England (1992- 2017) in March 2018. Yewande conducted oral history interviews with politicians, policy makers, scientists, patients, and activists and writes a more nuanced exposition about the historical contingencies which shaped the production of knowledge and the re medicalisation of cannabis as a twenty first century medicine.

Prior to returning to academia, Yewande worked as a chemist at the Body Shop and was part of the pioneering research and development team, which investigated animal testing alternatives and formulated innovative hair, skin, and perfumery products which defined the natural and ethical skin care movement of the 1990’s. Yewande later lectured on the Cosmetic Science degree course, University of the Arts, London where she gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching & Learning. Yewande has conducted pedagogic research in HE and has used action research, interviews, and focus group interviews as research methodologies. Yewande trained in the Carpe Diem methodology for on-line course development and worked with the University of Derby, Psychology team to design on – line courses.

Research Interests

Historiography, Public History, Social Movements, Illness Narratives, Oral history, Memory Studies

Public Engagement: Yewande is developing a scholar/ public engagement portfolio with the view to develop innovative frameworks and interdisciplinary partnerships to extend research questions, and insights which involve the public with the research and dissemination process.

Book Chapters

Book Chapter: Okuleye Yewande, “Alchemy of Happiness:Transformative Conversations in Art School,” in Unspoken Interactions: Exploring the Unspoken Dimension of Learning and Teaching in Creative Subjects , ed. Noam Austerlitz (London: Centre for Learning and Teaching in Design (CLTAD)University of the Arts, 2008), 190–201.

Recent Selected Talks

July 2017: Framing Cannabis as an Entheogen: Oral History and Rastafari Subjectivities. Oral History Society/Leeds Beckett University

March 2017: (Re) Medicalisation of Cannabis: History as a Tool to Analyse Competing Narratives. Bedrocan 6th Masterclass Medicinal Cannabis, Leiden Holland.

Jan 2017: Rastafari, Nyabingi and ‘the herb.’  Reggae Research Network University of East Anglia

June 2016 : The Personal is the Political: Medicinal Cannabis Narratives from Scientists and Activists. East Midlands Oral History Day Oral History and Health, Nottingham

Nov 2015: Illness Narratives 2.0: Lone Rangers & Little Data. British Association of Applied Linguistics. Queen Mary University London.

Sept 2015: Medical  Cannabis Activist 2.0 : Advocacy & Illness Narratives Poster  Cannabinoids in Medicine Conference Sestri Levante Italy.

Sept 2015: You call it Marijuana and I call it Medical Cannabis: Online Identity Construction and Illness Narratives. Queens University Belfast.

July 2015: # The Networked Revolution Challenges Oral History Practice. Royal Holloway University of London.

Jan 2015: Medical Cannabis or Cannabinoid Prescription Medicine? Constructing Respectability as a Business Strategy. British Society for the History of Science Post Graduate conference University Collehe Londodn

Public Engagement Research

Oct -Dec 2017:  Curator African Soldiers in WW1.

Feb 2017: University of Leicester Research as Images competition

May 2016: Psychoactive Supper a AHRC/University of Warwick response to the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016.  My intervention, The Scent of Terpene Molecules used the olfactory and visual tools to broaden the discussion about the molecular composition & therapeutic activity of cannabis strains.

Nov 2015: Presented a talk Cannabis Self-Medication, Identity, and Writing

at Paxton Green Community Centre as part of the London Black History month events.

October 2015-June 2016: Project Consultant Public Engagement Exhibition Rough Skin: Maize, Pellagra, and Society in Italy, 1750-1930.

Oct 2015: Designed and delivered The Cannabis Experience, as part of the Antiuniversity Now project. The walking tour discussion presented the public with an opportunity to discuss their perspectives about the recreational and medical use of cannabis.

May 2010: Collaborated with MA Museum Studies students (UCL Institute of Archeology Science) to present lectures & workshops which juxtaposed historical and contemporary scientific, medical, visual, and material culture. Participants were invited to translate and personalise the narratives in relation to their bodies. Science Museum, Dana Centre London.

Share this page:

Contact Details

School of Politics and International Relations

University of Leicester
University Road
Leicester, LE1 7RH
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2702


AccessAble logo

The University of Leicester is committed to equal access to our facilities. DisabledGo has a detailed accessibility guide for the Attenborough Tower.

College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Masters Excellence Scholarships

The Masters Excellence Studentships are available to new UK/EU applicants registering for a full- or part-time, campus-based Masters degree in our College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities starting in the 2020-21 academic year. Four nine-month Masters Excellence studentships are available, each providing a full fee waiver. The deadline for applications is 29 May 2020.

Follow this link for more information.