Research Interests

Sociological Research, Sociology of Crime, Female crime, Criminology, Qualitative Research, Sociology of Education, Open Distance Learning, e-Learning and Student Support.

Dr. Caroline Agboola

Associate Professor and Deputy Director (CCFS)

B.Sc. Sociology (University of Abuja, Nigeria);
M.Sc. Sociology and Criminology (University of Abuja, Nigeria);
Ph.D. Sociology (University of South Africa, South Africa)

Dr. Agboola is an Associate Professor at Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS), O.P Jindal Global University. Her multidisciplinary professional experience cuts across the fields of Sociology, Criminology, and Education. She bagged a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of South Africa (UNISA). Her Ph.D. thesis is titled “A qualitative analysis of women’s experiences before, during and after imprisonment in South Africa”.

Research Experience

Dr. Agboola has presented academic papers at several international conferences. She is a member of the International Sociological Association (ISA), Criminological and Victimological Society of Southern Africa (CRIMSA), South African Sociological Association (SASA), and Canadian Sociological Association (CSA). She was a National Research Foundation (NRF) Scarce Skills Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, and an Open Distance Learning (ODL) Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of South Africa, South Africa. She serves as a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals.

Teaching Experience

Dr. Agboola has taught courses on Criminological Theories, Explanation of Crime, Introduction to Sociology, Contemporary Criminological Issues, Research Methods, and Rehabilitation and Correctional Psychology. Currently, she teaches Theories of Crime, and Gender-Based Violence and Intervention at Jindal Global University (JGU).


Journal Publications 
  • Agboola, C. & Kang’ethe, S. 2024. Illicit drugs use in South African female correctional centres. Cogent Social Sciences, 10(1), DOI: 10.1080/23311886.2024.2310329 (Scopus-indexed).
  • Agboola, C., Appiah, EK., & Linonge-Fontebo, H. 2022. Women’s pathways into crime and incarceration: Insights from South Africa. Cogent Social Sciences, 8(1): 1-12. DOI: 10.1080/23311886.2022.2044123 (Scopus-indexed).
  • Mohapi BJ., Agboola C., & Dipela, MP. 2022. The perceptions of students in an Open Distance Learning (ODL) Institution on life skills as a HIV and AIDS prevention strategy. Social Work/ Maatskaplike Werk, 58(2):28-220 (Scopus-indexed).
  • Kumswa, SK., Agboola, C. & Kang’ethe, S. 2022. Pertinent African accounts of ambivalence and benefits in commuter marriages. Cogent Social Sciences, 8(1): 1-11. DOI: 10.1080/23311886.2022.2060537 (Scopus-indexed).
  • Rabe, M., Agboola, C., Kumswa, S., Linonge-Fontebo, H., Mathe, L. 2021. Like a bridge over troubled landscapes: African pathways to doctorateness. Teaching in Higher Education, 26(3):306-320. DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2021.1896490 (Scopus-indexed).
  • Mohapi BJ., Agboola C., & Kang’ethe, S. 2021. Information and communications technology (ICT) access for practicals among Social Work students in an Open Distance Learning university. Social Work/ Maatskaplike Werk, 57(1):1-15. DOI: 10.15270/57-1-903 (Scopus-indexed).
  • Appiah, EK. & Agboola, C. 2021. The interplay of transformational leadership and ethnicity in Sub-Sahara Africa: Diversity and inclusion perspective. The International Journal of Organizational Diversity, 21(1):1-11. ISSN: 2328-6261 (Scopus-indexed).
  • Agboola, C., Kang’ethe, S. & Mohapi, BJ. 2020. Unpacking women-to-women rape within correctional centres in South Africa: Empirical lenses. Acta Criminologica: South African Journal of Criminology & Victimology, 33(2): 75-92. ISSN: 1012-8093 (Scopus-indexed).
  • Agboola, C. & Rabe, M. 2018. Intersectionality and crime: Reflections from female ex-inmates in South Africa. Acta Criminologica: South African Journal of Criminology & Victimology, 31(1):1-18. ISSN: 1012-8093 (Scopus-indexed).
  • Agboola, C. 2017. ‘Why do they need to punish us more?’: Women’s lives after imprisonment. South African Review of Sociology, 48 (2): 32-48. ISSN: 2152-8586 (Scopus-indexed).
  • Agboola, C. 2016. Memories of the ‘inside’: Conditions in South Africa’s women’s prisons. South African Crime Quarterly, 56: 19-26. ISSN: 1991-3877 (Scopus-indexed).
  • Agboola, C. 2015. Consensual same-sex sexual relationships in South African female prisons. Gender and Behaviour, 13(2): 6658-6667. ISSN: 1596-9231 (formerly Scopus-indexed).

Book Review in a Peer-Reviewed Journal

  • Agboola, C. (2013). Books and babies: Pregnancy and young parents in schools. South African Review of Sociology, 44 (3): 105-107. ISSN: 2152-8586 (Scopus-indexed).

Conference Proceedings

  • Agboola, C. 2019. Incarcerated students’ support services in ODeL: A mixed methods protocol. Proceedings of the 18th European Conference on e-Learning, Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark, 7-8 November 2019. E-Book ISSN: 2048-8645; Book Version ISSN: 2048-8637.
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