Dr Rom Okeke

Department: Marketing & Strategy

Office/Location: O1.41e, Ogmore Building , Cardiff School of Management, Llandaff Campus 


Email: rokeke@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Staff Overview

Dr Rom Okeke is a Senior Lecturer in Project Management at the School of Management, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, Wales, UK.

Prior to this role, he was a Lecturer in Project and Operations Management, and Research Fellow at the Institute of Security & Information Systems, Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK, where he received Ph.D. in Project and Operations Management (research focused on Cybersecurity and Analytics), MSc in Computing, PG Cert in Business and Management Research Methods, and Certificate in Employability.

Rom is PRINCE2 certified and a passionate researcher with outstanding tracks records in areas of Project Analytics, Cybersecurity, Data Science, Risk Modelling, Project Evaluation and Social Return on Investment, Operations Research & Decision Sciences as well as Widening Participation particularly BAME Employability related studies.

Rom has over 11 years of successful leading of multidisciplinary high-quality research and projects for SMEs, corporate and government organisations across UK and West Africa where he used analytics and decision modelling tools to generate evidence-based return on investment, practices and policies.

Rom’s contributions to research and policy development have been recognized in various awards including University of Central Lancashire’s Star Award for his contributions to Office for Students’ funded Future U: Uni Connect Lancashire, England, UK; and Goldstein Award Finalist by the Centre for Problem-Oriented Policing at Arizona State University for his contributions to project analysis of the UK Home Office funded £4.1M police operations programmes at Lancashire Constabulary Headquarters, England.

Rom is an Associate Fellow of HE UK, member of Association of Project Management, Institute of Operations Management, UK Society of Research Software Engineering and the Royal Statistical Society and British Educational Research Association.


  • Rom is Module Leader for Project Risk Management (MPM7003) and Logistics in a Global Context (ISC7000).
  • He leads teaching and seminar session for Project Management Theory and Practice (MPM7001) and Project Leadership (MPM7002) as a support Tutor for Contemporary Operations Management (BSP5068).


Current research project grant

  • Investigator : £5K as part of £153,379 collaborative research project lead by Cardiff School of Education & Social Policy, funded by the Welsh Government, with focus on creating Virtual campus for Professional Learning: Evaluation Curriculum Models for BAME and Professional Learning in Education for Diversity in Welsh education institutions, Sept. 2021 to Aug. 2022.

Completed research project grants

  • Investigator: £26K (funded by Welsh Government): Quantitative and Qualitative Research Study on BAME Recruitment and Retention to Teaching in Wales, Jan. 2021 to April 2021.
  • PI: £22K (funded by Office for Students England):Empirical investigation of attitudes and experiences of BAME learners in Lancashire towards HE progression, August 2020 to July 2021;
  • PI: £2K (LBSE Seedcorn): Scoping Study of OPTIMAL SURF: Development of OPTIMAL analytical System using NLP for vUlnerability information extRaction from heterogeneous Corporate Fraud data sources, Aug. 2020 to April 2021.

Key Publications

Rom has published in peer-reviewed academic journals, conferences and briefings including; Routledge, British Journal of Educational Studies, Journal on Cyber Situational Awareness, Journal of Basic & Applied Science Research, Westminster Briefing, The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, British Academy of Management, and European Intelligence and Security Informatics.

Peer-reviewed journal papers

  • Hashem E. M , Okeke, R. I, Dempsey, J. P. and Ta, V. T. 2021, Keep Calm and Carry on with Cybersecurity @Home: A Framework for Securing Homeworking IT Environment. Intl J. On Cyber Situational Awareness, 5 (1). pp. 1-25.
  • Houghton, A.M., Armstrong, J. & Okeke, R.I., 2020. Delivering careers guidance in English secondary schools: Policy versus practice. British Journal of Educational Studies, pp.1-17.
  • Shah, M. H. and Okeke, R. I. and Ahmed, R. 2013. Issues of Privacy and Trust in E-Commerce: Exploring Customers' Perspective". Journal of Basic & Applied Science Research, 3(3), pp.571-577.
  • Okeke, R. I. and Kirby, S. 2016. Policing and Street Triage in the UK: A Scoping Review, College of Policing pp. 1-66.

Books and Book Chapters

  • Shorrock, C., Frampton, C., Shorrock, S., Okeke, R. I., McManus, M., Bolton, L., Metcalfe, L., Phythian, R. (2020). Repeat callers to police in Lancashire England; In Scott, M.S. and Clarke, R.V. eds., 2020. Problem-oriented Policing: Successful case studies, Routledge.
  • Okeke, R. I. and Shah, M. H. (2016). Information Theft Prevention: Theory and Practice (Routledge Studies in Innovation), Published by Routledge, USA.
  • Okeke, R.I., 2015. The prevention of internal identity theft-related crimes: a case study research of the UK online retail companies (Doctoral dissertation, University of Central Lancashire).

Peer-reviewed conferences

  • Okeke, R. I and Orji, 2021. Impact of AI innovation on evolving business operations during COVID-19, The 5th Advances In Management and Innovation Conference, 20-21 May 2021/A Virtual Event, Cardiff School of Management, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, Wales, UK.
  • Orji, F. M, Okeke, R. I. and Parkinson, M. 2021. Developing a sustainable business growth: Lessons from a formative evaluation of Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Programme, England, UK, ‘Bridging Enterprise, Policy and Practice: Creating Social and Public Value’, The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference 2021, 28-29 October, Cardiff, Wales, UK.
  • Orji, F. M, Okeke, R. I. and Parkinson, M. 2021. Critical Success Factors for Effective People Management in Sustaining Productivity Of The SMEs in the UK: A Review of Empirical Evidence from 2014 to 2020, Developmental (Discussion) Paper, British Academy of Management, Lancaster School of Management, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK.
  • Okeke, R. I. 2012., An Empirical Study of Internal Identity Theft Related Crimes in UK e- Business, UCLan, Graduate Research Student Conference, March 2013.
  • Shah, H. M. and Okeke, R. I. (2011. A framework for internal identity theft prevention in Retail Industry, In the Paper presented in the European Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference 2011, September 12-14, 2011 Athens, Greece, The Premier European Conference on Counterterrorism and Criminology.

Policy Reports

  • Longville, J., Davis, S., Haughton, C., Okeke, R., Aylwin, Y., Smith, M., Yu, K., Morgan, G., Konten, J., and Chapman, S. 2021, The Recruitment And Retention of Black, Asian And Minority Ethnic Teachers In Wales: A Qualitative Research Study, Interim Report submitted to the Welsh Government June 2021.
  • Okeke, R.I., 2019. Future U Uni Connect Programme Phase 1, Final Evaluation Report, Future U: Steering and Strategy Group, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK.
  • Okeke, R. I. 2018, What Works in Addressing Barriers to Participation of Young People from Disadvantaged Areas in Higher Education in Lancashire, UK: Examining the Perceptions of Career, Education, Advice, Information and Guidance Practitioners, Formative Evaluation Report to CFE Research, pp. 1-10, In Tazzyman, S., Bowes, L., Moreton, R., Madriaga, M., & Mccaig, C. 2018. Year one report of the national formative and impact evaluation, including capacity building with NCOP consortia.
  • Okeke, R. I., Kirby, S., Frampton, C., Boulton, L., Shorrock, S. 2016. Evaluation of Public Services in Lancashire, Interim Report presented to Lancashire, Constabulary, p.1-73.

key note speaker events

  • Okeke, R. I. 2021, Sharing Research Experience during the Covid-19 Pandemic, Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise’s Centre for Business, Management and Enterprise, 15th July 2020.
  • Okeke, R. I. and Steel. 2018, Office for Students’ Future U Uni Connect Annual Conference: Re-writing the Future of Underrepresented Learners in Higher Education and Work Opportunities, 14 Dec 2018.
  • Okeke, R. 1. 2018, Next Steps for Improving & Evaluating Outreach in Higher Education, Westminster Briefing: London.

Working papers submitted for peer reviews for publication in 2021

  • Orji F.M, Long, M. Jaffrey, A.C., Favad, N. De M.N., Sabogal-Pazd, L. P., Hincapie, M., Okeke, R. I., and Dunlop, P.S.M. (2021), Co-Development of Capacity and Capability Toolkits with Academic Stakeholders in Developing Countries: Challenges and Solutions from the Safewater Project.

Other Projects and activities

Research and consultancy projects

  • Research and Evaluation Director at the Anambra State Health Insurance Agency, Anambra State, Nigeria, West Africa, Oct. 2017 to date.
  • Evaluation of Office for Students’ funded £4.3M Future U: Uni Connect project (in collaboration with Lancaster University, University of Central Lancashire, Cumbria University, Edge Hill University), Jan. 2017 to Dec. 2019
  • Evaluation of UK Home Office funded £4.1M police operations programmes at Lancashire Constabulary Headquarters, Hutton, Preston, England, Aug. 2015 to Jan. 2017.

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