Obafemi Okusipe is a trained and skilled professional in the built environment. He received the B.Sc (Hons) degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria in 1994 and a Master of Geoinformatics degree from University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria in 2003.
In 1998, he joined the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Lagos, Nigeria as a Lecturer. In 2005, he was a Planning Officer in the Strategic Planning Unit, Luton Borough Council, United Kingdom until 2012. He managed the National Land Use Database for Luton Borough Council’s planning area, developed and implemented spatial information systems for vacant land and buildings, brownfields, employment land review and sustainability appraisal. In 2015, he practised as a Planner with Terra Quest Solutions assessing development proposals in local planning authorities in the United Kingdom. He is a member of the Nigerian Institute of planners (NITP) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).
He is currently a graduate student in the Environmental Policy Institute, Memorial University of Newfoundland (Grenfell Campus), Canada. His research interests include biodiversity management, environmental planning and management and oil and gas management. He is currently researching the implementation of national and local biodiversity policies and strategies in the United Kingdom.