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Soji Adelaja - Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI, US

Soji Adelaja Soji Adelaja

John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor in Land Policy | Michigan State University


An expert in sustainability and its relation to economic development, water and agricultural preservation, and renewable energy issues.





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Dr. Soji Adelaja is appointed in the tenure stream in AFRE and in 2004 was named the John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor in Land Policy. Until April 2011, he served as director of the Land Policy Institute, which he founded in 2006. In that capacity, he also served as the director of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, funded Michigan Higher Education Land Policy Consortium (MiHELP), and the People and Land Initiative (PAL). Dr. Adelaja’s work in public policy is highly respected and he has served as advisor to several key local, state, and national policy makers.

Prior to coming to MSU= in 2004, Dr. Adelaja was at Rutgers University for 18 years, during which period he served as Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dean of Cook College, Executive Director of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Director of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Professor and Chair of Agricultural Food and Resource Economics, Director of the Food Policy Institute, Director of the Food Innovation Center, and Director of the Eco-Policy Center.

Soji has received numerous awards for excellence in research, outreach and policy leadership, including being named ARER Fellow in 2012 by the Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, the 2011 Distinguished Faculty Award from Michigan State, 2010 tribute from the Governor of Michigan for his contribution to public policy and the State’s economic development, a 2011 Outstanding article of the year award from Emerald Publishers, the 2010 Outstanding article of the year award from the Agricultural and Resource Economic Review, the 2003 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Public Policy through Economics from NAREA, the Rutgers Presidential Award for Distinguished Public Service from Rutgers University, the 1999 Person of the Year Award from the National Prepared Foods Association, the 2002 Outstanding Alumnus Award from the Pennsylvania State University, and the New Jersey Governor’s Recognition for Outstanding Contributions to the Garden State. Click here for more details on Dr. Adelaja.

Industry Expertise (3)

Education/Learning Public Policy Writing and Editing

Areas of Expertise (5)

Water Preservation Wind Power Land Policy Economic Development Renewable Energy

Education (3)

West Virginia University: Ph.D.

West Virginia University: M.S.

Pennsylvania State University: B.S.

News (3)

Study: The greenest states in the U.S.

SNEWS  online


“The single most immediate thing is to change all lights to LED in the home or office,” said Soji Adelaja, distinguished professor in land policy in the department of agriculture, food and resource economics at Michigan State University. “We need bold institutional leaders for these. The most impactful thing is to have one’s voice heard and ensure active participation in future elections.” [...]

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How economics can help Nigeria combat Boko Haram's insurgencyq

The Globe and Mail  online


A few years ago, Soji Adelaja was advising Michigan on how to recover from the decline of its auto industry. Today he's got a much tougher task: Helping Nigeria survive a brutal onslaught from Boko Haram extremists. [...]

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Michigan 10.0: The fine line between preservation vs. exploitation of our natural resources

MLive  online


The key is sustainability. Harger quotes Soji Adelaja, director of the Land Policy Institute at Michigan State University: "We've got to use our natural resources in sustainable ways. We can't use an industrial model that eats up those resources." [...]

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Journal Articles (2)

Renewable energy potential on brownfield sites: A case study of Michigan Energy Policy

Soji Adelaja, Judy Shaw, Wayne Beyea, JD Charles McKeown


Federal priorities are increasingly favoring the replacement of conventional sources of energy with renewable energy. With the potential for a federal Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) legislation, many states are seeking to intensify their renewable energy generation. The demand for wind, solar, geothermal and bio-fuels-based energy is likely to be rapidly expressed on the landscape. However, local zoning and NIMBYism constraints slow down the placement of renewable energy projects. One area where land constraints may be lower is brownfields; whose development is currently constrained by diminished housing, commercial, and industrial property demand. Brownfield sites have the potential for rapid renewable energy deployment if state and national interests in this area materialize. This study investigates the application of renewable energy production on brownfield sites using Michigan as a case study. Wind and solar resource maps of Michigan were overlaid with the brownfield locations based on estimates of brownfield land capacity. The total estimated energy potential available on Michigan’s brownfield sites is 4320 megawatts (MW) of plate capacity for wind and 1535for solar, equating to 43% of Michigan’s residential electricity consumption (using 30% capacity factor). Estimated economic impacts include over $15 billion in investments and 17,500 in construction and long-term jobs.

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Fiscal impacts of alternative single-family housing densities Journal of Urban Planning and Development

Mohammad Najafi, Rayman Mohamed, AK Tayebi, Soji Adelaja, Mary Beth Lake


Across the nation, new residential development requires the construction of new infrastructure. However, financing the construction and maintenance of this infrastructure has become a contentious issue because of the various demands placed on local government budgets. The objective of this study is to ascertain how costs for certain infrastructures vary with the density of single-family residential development. Specifically, it examines how capital and life-cycle costs for roads, and sewer and water lines vary with density. Only on-site costs are examined, that is, the costs for infrastructure located within subdivisions. We find that life-cycle costs for roads and sewer and water lines increase as density decreases. Annual user fees for sewer and water cover the annual life-cycle costs for these infrastructures at lot sizes less than 0.4hectare. We did not observe a relationship between annual life-cycle costs, expressed as a percent of revenues (the sum of property taxes and user fees for sewer and water), and density.

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