Kola comes from a strong academic and practitioner background, having completed his first degree in sport science, his master's in sport and development, and undertaking his PhD in Educational Philosophy and Sport Development from Solent University.
His PhD is looking at examining specifically how Freirean pedagogy, an educational philosophy, can be applied, understood and put into practice within the context of sport-for-development programmes.
Kola has taught a number of topics in the field of sport, social science and physical education including, sport and society, sport management, sport coaching, sport development, research methods, social issues and social movements. Kola is currently the Level 5 leader for the sport coaching and sport development degree here at Solent University.
Alongside his academic career, Kola has worked in sport in Africa, the UK, the Caribbean, and the USA, working as a coach, researcher, development officer and consultant.
Kola has had vast experience in the industry, from being a community coach, to working in sport development across the UK and USA, as well as in development, more broadly in Nigeria and other regions of Africa.
Kola teaches across several topic areas including sport and social issues, coaching and volunteering in sport development, research methods, sociology of sport, theory and practices in sport development, management principles, social issues, and social movements.
Kola has several research interests, from the intersection of sport with society, to the diversity and mobilisation of sport as a tool for positive and/or negative social change. Kola also researches and teaches in the area of sustainable development, education and poverty alleviation - he researches specifically into sport for development, development studies, race and racism in sport and society, and educational philosophies.
Kola's recent publications include peer-reviewed academic articles and book chapters, as well as presentations at international conferences.
Rookwood, J., K., Adeosun, 2020, Nation branding and public diplomacy: Examining Japan’s 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Olympic Games in the midst of a global economic downturn, Journal of Global Sport Management (in press)
Szerovay, M., K., Adeosun, 2020, Living in a lockdown: An Opportunity to Enhance Physical Activities? European Sociological Association, 2 (46)
Mwaanga, O., K., Adeosun, 2019, Reconceptualising Sport for Development and Peace (SDP), from a Critical Reconsideration of Nelson ‘Madiba’ Mandela’s View of Sport, Sport in Society: Culture, Commerce, Media, Politics (Submitted)
Mwaanga, O., K., Adeosun, 2017, Examining the Efficacy of the Kicking Aids Out Programme in Jamaica, Journal of Sport-for-Development
Mwaanga, O., K., Adeosun, 2016, The Critical Participatory Paradigm and its Implications in Ethics an Governance in Sport Edited by Yves Vanden Auweele, Elaine Cook and Jim Parry
Adeosun, K, 2019, Investigating the Application of Freirean Principles in Sport-for-Development and Peace Programmes: A Case Study of the Caribbean Sport Development Agency, World Congress of Sociology of Sport in the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
Mwaanga, O., K., Adeosun, 2017, Reconceptualising Sport for Development and Peace (SDP), from a Critical Reconsideration of Nelson ‘Madiba’ Mandela’s View of Sport, World Congress of Sociology of Sport in the National Taiwan Sport University, Taiwan
L., Binney, K., Harris, K., Adeosun, 2017, The Family FUNS Programme, Research and Innovation Conference in Solent University, United Kingdom
Mwaanga, O., K., Adeosun, 2016, Examining the Efficacy of the Kicking Aids Out Programme in Jamaica, 2nd Biennial Conference, Sport Studies and Higher Education in the University of West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago
Mwaanga, O., K., Adeosun, 2016, Examining the Efficacy of the Kicking Aids Out Programme in Jamaica, Caribbean Regional Sport and Development Conference in University of West Indies, Jamaica
Kola is currently working on numerous projects. As well as his PhD on Educational Philosophy and Sport Development Education, he is working on two articles about educational deficits of covert racism in sport, and conceptualisation of development in sport for development.
Kola has been awarded Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.