Bankole Adebayo Falade

Bankole Adebayo Falade
Stellenbosch University | SUN · South African Research Char in Science Communication Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST)

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Public understanding of science in the context of psychological, social, cultural, religious, economic and global factors. Teaching and research areas: Communication studies, science communication, health communication, science in the media and international comparative studies. Areas of expertise: Africa and sub-Saharan Africa, International studies.

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Publications (45)
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Technological innovations and policy liberalisation have led to a massive expansion in telecommunication infrastructure in Nigeria leading to improved access to telephones and the internet and the subsequent expansion of sector contributions to economic growth. The communication industry commenced in Nigeria around 1886 when the first telegraph ser...
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This paper examines the scientific and non-scientific influences on doctorates in South African universities by analyzing the acknowledgements in their theses. The data was extracted from 5644 PhD theses drawn from four South African universities. Using data-mining techniques, we identified sources of inspiration, targets of dedication and subjects...
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The chapter “Health beliefs and communication: conceptual approaches” examines both classical and modern theoretical approaches in communication studies in general and health communication. It provides brief introductions to conceptual approaches from Austin’s Speech Acts (actor) through Habermas (conditions for acceptance) and Moscovici (types of...
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The chapter examines the outbreak of COVID-19 and its effect on communal religious practices, public perceptions of the disease and attitudes of believers across Africa to the containment measures. The physical distancing rule to contain the virus was at variance with the communal practices of close contact in fellowship, shaking of hands and large...
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How do societies move from magic or naïve reality to critical consciousness? Is science communication enough for healthy behaviour in African communities? The book’s collection of essays has shown some of the enablers and constrains to healthy living in the cultures they are produced and the success story of poliomyelitis in Africa highlights the l...
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Addresses different health issues across the African continent, bringing together multidisciplinary authors from Africa and the rest of the world Highlights and critically examines the social cultural and economic factors in public understanding of health and illness in Africa Provides recommendations about how to overcome the identified obstacles...
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Science communication addresses a diversity of social groups within and across nation-states. Some of those groups are manifest, while others do not exist as real groups but can explain the probability of individuals constituting themselves as ‘practical groups’ in what Pierre Bourdieu describes as a ‘symbolic’ social space. This chapter uses data...
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The chapter reviews trends in survey research about the public understanding of science, identifying three paradigms applied over time - literacy, public attitudes, and science and society. An extensive listing is provided of national surveys which addressed such questions over the past 50 years. This growing global database enables researchers to...
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A majority of South Africans agrees that when science and religion conflict , religion is always right. Is this an indication the public is anti-science or does the question wording hide a more complex relationship? We examined the relationship between science and religion in South Africa using quantitative data from the World Values Survey and qua...
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Syndromic disease surveillance mechanisms can be enhanced by incorporating mass media informatics for disease discourse and aberration detection and social psychology for understanding risk perceptions and the drivers of uptake and resistance. Using computerised text analysis, the coverage of the outbreak of Zika virus in Brazil in 2017/2018 in fou...
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This study examines the coexistence of science with Christian, Islamic and African religious beliefs and its implications for science communication. Using Moscovici's social representations theory and focusing on his accommodation hypothesis, the paper draws from experiences in mental health care, vaccination controversies and viral epidemics using...
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A comparison was undertaken of confidence in 17 institutions in Ghana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and the USA using data from the World Values Survey to find shared valuations and distinguishing characteristics as markers of cultural categories. Frequencies and rankings were examined and exploratory factor analysis was used to find plausible meanings of gro...
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The Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa (2013–2016) claimed over 10 000 lives in less than 18 months. Low levels of familiarity with the disease, ease of transmission, scale of infection, gruesomeness of symptoms, lack of cure and high fatality rate created a global panic. From the perspective of the social psychology of communication and c...
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This study, of modern common sense in Nigeria, combines questionnaires and interviews to examine the compatibility and incompatibility of religion and science. Nigeria is a large country with a complex diversity of religious, ethnic and cultural practices that condition the reception and elaboration of science in everyday life. We find evaluative a...
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The 2003 to 2004 revolt against the Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) in Nigeria provides a case study for investigating how a new scientific phenomenon becomes part of common sense in a culture with high levels of religiosity. Moscovici’s Social Representations Theory about how society familiarises itself with the unfamiliar provides a framework for the re...

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To examine vaccine hesitancy across African countries using the Wellcome Trust Survey of 144 countries. Preliminary findings will be presented at the PCST conference 2020+1 Virtual from 24 - 27 May 2021 https://www.abdn.ac.uk/events/conferences/pcst/index.phphttps://www.abdn.ac.uk/events/conferences/pcst/index.php and "Science & You" conference 2021 from November 16th to 19th 2021, in Metz (France) http://www.science-and-you.com/en/science-you-2021