Comlanvi Sitou Akibode

Comlanvi Akibode

Sitou’s work focuses on sustainable and inclusive investments and community and economic development. He has advanced research in that regards with the Emerging Geo-Political Economy of Natural Resources in Africa (Office of the Hannah Distinguished Professor in Land Policy at MSU), the MSU Center for Community and Economic Development (CCED), and the Columbia University Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI). Sitou’s research has provided frameworks to analyze inclusiveness and to optimize large-scale international investments in Land and Agriculture in Africa, and in urban areas in the US with a focus on Michigan. 

Sitou has also served as Academic Specialist for the MSU Center for Community and Economic Development (CCED) and the MSU University Outreach and Engagement (UOE), as project coordinator of the MSU Domicology project— the study of policies, practices, and consequences of structural abandonment in the United States, with assignment in Muskegon, Michigan. 

Sitou has recently advanced research analyzing impacts of and solutions to big box stores tax abatement in Michigan; a work supported by the Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy, and the United States Economic Development Administration (EDA) via the MSU Center for Regional Economic Innovation (REI). He is also working on understanding Community Benefits Agreements (CBA) in the US and Michigan, Detroit and providing light on key factors of success; a research funded by the MSU Center for Community and Economic Development (CCED). 

Sitou received a master’s degree in Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, from MSU and is working on his doctoral degree from the MSU Urban and Regional Planning Program in the School of Planning Design and Construction. 

Sitou is an MSU 2017 University-wide Sustainable Michigan Endowment Project (SMEP) Fellow.