Adenike Titilope Oladosu. She is an ecofeminist, ecoreporter, and climate justice leader. As the founder of the I Lead Climate Action initiative, she advocates the establishment of a green democracy across Africa and the restoration of Lake Chad. She regularly brings her climate initiatives to public attention in the context of both international and local fora, in order to contribute to establishing peace, security, and equality in Africa and the Lake Chad region in particular.


Using Earth Observation to Restore Shrinking Planetary Spaces: A Case Study of Lake Chad

Adenike Oladosu’s fellowship project utilizes remote sensing technologies such as Earth observation (EO) satellites to examine Lake Chad as a severely threatened planetary space from the distance and to communicate insights to the wider public. It develops concrete strategies for tackling the complex, climate change related crisis and enabling a peaceful transition and resolution of the diverse conflicts connected to it. Since the livelihoods of the population hinges most intrinsically on the availability of water from Lake Chad, the drastic decrease of water supply causes multi-layered problems in the region. Therefore, the project combines research into this endangered ecosystem with socio-political activism, as well as with workshops, discussions and an exhibition that seek to educate about the planetary dimensions of the crisis.

Fellows of the Planetary Scholars & Artists in Residence Program receive the unique opportunity to engage in transdisciplinary dialogues while exploring how academia and the arts grapple with the manifold relations between societies and the planet. Drawing on academic work can not only amplify the magnitude and profundity of art works but also inspire them, and vice versa. In providing the space and conditions for intensive, collaborative work in transdisciplinary tandems, we intend to initiate ‘planetary projects’ to explore what it means that we do not just live on, but are part of an ever-changing planet. The topics for the five consecutive calls are addressing Planetary Materials (2022), Planetary Spaces (2023), Planetary Times (2024), Planetary Agency (summer term 2025), and Planetary Politics (winter term 2025).