Dr Esther Ariyo

School of Health and Social Care
Dr Esther Ariyo



Esther Ariyo is a lecturer at the school of health and social care of the University of Essex. She holds a bachelor’s degree in child development and family studies and a master’s degree in health social work. Esther’s doctorate investigated varying domains of armed conflict-affected children’s wellbeing in collaboration with non-governmental organisations working with displaced communities at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Esther's research focuses on children's wellbeing including conflict-affected children, children in kinship care and other vulnerable children. Her research investigates children's wellbeing from the positive mental health angle (to include subjective wellbeing, life satisfaction and hope) and the educational (school satisfaction, and educational aspiration) domains perspectives. Her research method expertise includes quantitative surveys (using primary and secondary data) and participatory qualitative studies with children. Esther has collaborated with some of the best researchers across Austria,Spain, United Kingdom, South Africa, Belgium, Nigeria, and Germany. In the last five years, she has led research projects on child subjective wellbeing,school satisfaction and educational aspiration in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). Before joining the University of Essex, Esther worked as a Lecturer at Osun state university Nigeria, a project manager with non-governmental organizations, and a social worker with the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social welfare in Nigeria. I am open to Ph.D. supervision. Please get in touch with me, if you are interested in children or family wellbeing.


  • PhD University of Antwerp, (2021)


University of Essex

  • Lecturer, School of Health and Social care, University of Essex (9/1/2023 - present)

Other academic

  • Lecturer, Osun State University (4/1/2022 - 31/12/2022)

  • Research Fellow, University of Antwerp (13/9/2021 - present)

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Social Determinants of Health (HS869)

  • Literature Review and Critical Appraisal (HS900)

  • Dissertation (HS982)


Journal articles (8)

Ariyo, E., Amurtiya, M., Lydia, OY., Ariyo, O., Ololade, O., Taiwo, AP., Olukemi, LA. and Ogunniyi, D., (2022). Socio-demographic determinants of children home learning experiences during COVID 19 school closure.. International Journal of Educational Research Open. 3, 100111-100111

Ajike, PT., Ariyo, EA., Ariyo, AM. and Adubi, K., (2022). Emerging Adults’ Awareness and Perceptions of Mental Health Problems and Services in Nigeria. Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 9 (1), 44-48

Ariyo, E., Mortelmans, D., Campbell, L. and Wouters, E., (2022). The Wellbeing of Armed Conflict-Affected Children in School: A Qualitative Study. Child Indicators Research. 15 (5), 1673-1691

Ariyo, E., Mortelmans, D., Wouters, E. and Masquillier, C., (2021). Investigating the Influence of Socio-Demographic and Family Factors on Perceptions of Safety Among Conflict Displaced Children in Nigeria. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal. 38 (1), 67-80

Erber, AC., Ariyo, E., Olliaro, P., Nicolas, P., Chaccour, C. and Colebunders, R., (2021). Treatment of Pregnant Women with Ivermectin during Mass Drug Distribution: Time to Investigate Its Safety and Potential Benefits.. Pathogens. 10 (12), 1588-1588

Ariyo, E., Mortelmans, D. and Wouters, E., (2021). Life Satisfaction and Hope in Conflict-Displaced Children: Influence of Individual Factors, Microsystem Factors and Humanitarian Interventions. Population Review. 60 (2), 23-43

Campbell, L., Masquillier, C., Thunnissen, E., Ariyo, E., Tabana, H., Sematlane, N., Delport, A., Dube, LT., Knight, L., Kasztan Flechner, T. and Wouters, E., (2020). Social and Structural Determinants of Household Support for ART Adherence in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 17 (11), 3808-3808

Ariyo, E., Mortelmans, D. and Wouters, E., (2019). The African child in kinship care: A systematic review. Children and Youth Services Review. 98, 178-187

Grants and funding


Evaluation ECC MDT Tendring 2

Essex County Council



Colchester Campus