James is a Research Fellow, French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA-Nigeria). He holds M.A. degree in Peace and Conflict Studies (University of Ibadan) and B. A. degree in History and International Studies (Imo State University, Owerri). Okolie-Osemene is widely published in both local and international peer reviewed scholarly journals and contributed chapters to several books. He is responsible for the IFRA-Nigeria bibliographical bulletin that compiles all publications on Nigeria in the Social Sciences and the Humanities. He is an Associate Member of the Society for Peace Studies and Practice. He has presented more than 40 papers at national and international conferences, symposia, and symposia in Africa, Europe. The paper he co-authored with Professor Samuel Aghalino of University of Ilorin on “Mapping the Security, Environmental and Economic Costs of Pipeline Vandalisation in the Niger Delta, Nigeria, 1999-2010,” was presented in August 2012 at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany.
In August 2011 he was invited by Associate Director of Center for African Studies and President, Stanford Forum for African Studies to present a paper at Stanford University, California at the conference ‘The Black Atlantic: Colonial and Contemporary Exchanges’ in October 2011. In May 2012 he received Best Master’s Project Grants award from the French Institute for Research in Africa 2012 Grants for Field Research in the Social Science and the Humanities. In August 2012, he created a research group on FaceBook called “African Scholars and Research in Social Sciences & Humanities” to consistently generate issues in African Studies, promote research in social sciences and the humanities and also to foster collaboration between African Scholars and others in America, Asia, Europe, and other parts of the world where knowledge is cherished and seen as the common heritage of mankind. The group has members from all continents of the world including Professors, Associate Professors, Senior Lecturers, Post-Graduate Students, Professionals and Policymakers who post conference, symposia, fellowship and scholarship updates. Okolie-Osemene has assisted some scholars in designing course modules for postgraduate studies and capacity building programmes. He is presently studying and mapping the dispute between health professionals occasioned by the politics of power relations and lopsided clamour for administrative hegemony in the hospital settings. In July 2013, he presented a paper at the Nigerian Young Academy General Assembly hosted by the University of Ibadan. His areas of research interest include peace education, conflict resolution, post-conflict peacebuilding, gender studies, peace journalism and international relations.