Tolu Oni


Institutional Contact

University of Cape Town

School of Public Health and Family Medicine

Room 4.41, Entrance 5, Falmouth Building,
Faculty of Health Sciences,
University of Cape Town, Anzio road,
Cape Town 7925


Tolu Oni is an Associate Professor and Public Health Physician Specialist at the School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town. She leads the Research Initiative for Cities Health and Equity, and her research focuses on understanding health transition, and the epidemiology of the interaction between common chronic conditions and the unplanned urban environment. She has received several awards in recognition of her research contribution including the South African National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Emerging Researcher award, and the Carnegie Corporation “Next Generation of African Academics award. She is a Next Einstein Forum Fellow, a member of the Global Young Academy, and a Fellow of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Health and Healthcare. She serves on several steering committees including the Academy of Science of South Africa Standing Committee on Science for the Reduction of Poverty; the International Council of Science (ICSU) Programme on Urban Health and Wellbeing; and the African chapter of the International Network for Government Science Advice. She is an Editorial Board member of the Cities and Health journal, and the Journal of Urban Health, an Acacdemic Editor for PLOS One journal, and regularly acts as reviewer for many international peer-reviewed journals. She aims to promote science and research as key drivers of development in Africa through a coordinated approach between science, policy and society role players, to identify creative strategies to address complex population health and broader societal challenges.