- “The Political Economy of Hausa and Yoruba Conflicts, 1999-2003.” (Yet to be Published)
- “Rethinking Migration and Diaspora Identity in West Africa: A Comparative Study of Yoruba in Northern Nigeria and Ghana, 1900-1970.” (Yet to be Published)
- “Identity and Solidarity in a Yoruba Diaspora: The Egbe Omo Oduduwa in Northern Nigeria, 1948-1966.”
- “West African Migrants in the City of Ibadan”
- “History of Ogbomosoland”
Dissertation and Thesis
- 2004 Yoruba in Kano: A Commercial History of a Migrant Community, 1912-1999 (Ph.D. Thesis, Department of History, Bayero University, Kano, 2004).
- 1998 Yoruba Entrepreneurs in Kano Metropolis: A Case Study of Printing Industry 1943-1983 (M.A. History Dissertation, Department of History, Bayero University, Kano).
- R. Olaniyi, 2005, Community Vigilantes in Metropolitan Kano (Ibadan: French Institute for Research in Africa, IFRA, University of Ibadan).
- R. Olaniyi, 2008, Diaspora is Not Like Home: A Social and Economic History of Yoruba in Kano, 1912-1999 (Germany: Lincom Europa – www.lincom-europa.com).
- R. Olaniyi, Co-edited with A. G. Adebayo and O. C. Adesina, 2010, Marginality and Crisis: Globalisation and Identity in Contemporary Africa (USA: Rowman and Littlefield).
- R. Olaniyi, 2001, “Urban Violence, Ethnic Conflicts and Identity: The Travails of the Yoruba Community in Metropolitan Kano,”in E. Eruvebetine, 2001, (ed.), Re-Kindling the Flame of Development through a Humanistic Management of Pluralism (Lagos: Faculty of Arts University of Lagos) pp. 221-231.
- R. Olaniyi, 2003 “Nationalist Movement in a Multi-Ethnic Community of Sabongari Kano,” in M. Hambolu, 2003, (ed), Perspectives on Kano – British Relations (Kano: Gidan Makam Museum) pp. 227 – 237.
- R. Olaniyi, 2003, ‘Ethnic Conflict, Security and Civil Society: Metropolitan Kano in Contemporary Teim,’ L. Fourchard and I. O. Albert 2003 (eds), Security, Crime and Segregation in West African Cities since the 19th Century (Paris: Karthala-IFRA) pp. 333-343.
- R. Olaniyi, 2004, “Yoruba Commercial Diaspora and Settlement Patterns in Pre-Colonia Kano,” in Toyin Falola and Steven J. Salm (eds.), 2004, Nigerian Cities (Trenton: Africa World Press) pp. 79-99.
- R. Olaniyi, 2005, “Kano: The Development of a Trading City in Central Sudan,” in A. Ogundiran, (ed.), Pre-Colonial Nigeria: Essays in Honour of Toyin Falola (Trenton: Africa World Press), pp. 301-318.
- R. Olaniyi, 2006, “Approaching the Study of the Yoruba Diaspora in Northern Nigeria,” in T. Falola and A. Genova, Yoruba Identity and Power Politics (Rochester: University of Rochester Press), pp. 231-250.
- R. Olaniyi, 2006, “Transformation of Sabon-Gari,” in Hakeem Tijani, ed., Nigeria’s Urban History: Past and Present (USA: University Press of America), pp. 129-140.
- R. Olaniyi, 2006, “From Citizens to Strangers: British Rule and the Transformation of Yoruba Migrants’ Identity in Kano, 1913-1953” in O. Akinwumi, O. O. Okpeh Jr., D. J. Gwamna, eds., Inter-Group Relations in Nigeria During the 19th and 20th Centuries (Makurdi: Aboki Publishers), pp. 387-403.
- R. Olaniyi, 2009, “We asked for Workers but Human Beings Came:” A Critical Assessment of Policies on Immigration and Human Trafficking in the European Union,”in A. G. Adebayo and O. C. Adesina, eds, Globalisation and Transnational Migrations: Africa and Africans in the Contemporary Global System, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009, pp. 140-161.
- R. Olaniyi, 2009, “Economic Crises and Child Trafficking: A Comparative Analysis of the 1930s and 1990s” in Osita Agbu, ed., Children and Youth in the Labour Process in Africa, Senegal: CODESRIA Book Series, pp. 35-62.
- R. Olaniyi and G. D. John, 2009, “The Mass Media and Conflict in Plateau State, 2001-2002” in J. G. Yoroms and A. Mu’azu, Conflict Management and the Media in Nigeria, Kano: Centre for Research and Documentation, pp. 194-217.
- R. Olaniyi, 2003, “No Way Out: Trafficking of Women in Nigeria.” Feminist Agenda No. 55, 2003, South Africa, pp. 44-52.
- R. Olaniyi, 2005, “Chief D. O. Sanyaolu 1896-1960: A Yoruba Merchant Prince in Metropolitan Kano,” in Journal of French Institute for Research in Africa, IFRA, University of Ibadan, Vol. I, pp. 131-140.
- R. Olaniyi, 2005, “Pay Back Time: Ethno-Religious Violence in Nigeria, 1999-2004.” Journal of West African Affairs, London, pp. 95-110
- R. Olaniyi, 2005, “Child Labour and Nigeria’s Informal Economy since the 1990s,” in The Nigerian Journal of Economic History, Numbers 7 and 8, pp. 205-235.
- R. Olaniyi, 2007, “Hausa-Yoruba Relations, 1500-1800.” Journal of Social Sciences, Government College University, Faisalabad, Pakistan, pp. 58-98.
- R. Olaniyi, 2008, “Douglas A. Blackmon, Slavery by another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, New York: Doubleday, 2008” Book Review in Journal of Global Initiatives, 3 (2), pp. 107-110.
- R. Olaniyi, 2008, “The Pan-African Nation: Oil and the Spectacle of Culture in Nigeria by Andrew Apter, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2005,”Book Review in African Studies Quarterly, University of Florida, USA http://www.africa.ufl.edu/asq/v10
- R. Olaniyi, 2008, “The Nupe and the Origins and Evolution of the Yoruba, c. 1257-1897 by Idris S. Jimada,” Book Review in Journal of the Historical Society of Nigeria, Vol. 17, 2007/2008, pp. 206-209.
- R. Olaniyi, 2009, “Nigerian Immigrants and Xenophobic Violence in South Africa,” in Journal of History and Diplomatic Studies, Vol. 6, 2009, pp. 111-138.
- R. Olaniyi, 2011, “Global Sex Trade and Women Trafficking in Nigeria” Journal of Global Initiatives, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 111-131.
- R. Olaniyi, 2011, “Hisbah and Sharia Law Enforcement in Metropolitan Kano” Africa Today, Vol. 57, No. 4, pp. 71-96
- R. Olaniyi, 2011, “Idewure Migration and Settlement Patterns in Yorubaland” Yoruba: Journal of the Yoruba Studies Association of Nigeria, Vol. 6, No. 5, pp. 139-169.
- R. Olaniyi, 2007, “Congo River” pp. 116-117 “Credit and Finance”pp. 119-120: “Europe, enslaved Africans” pp. 167-168; “Monopoloy” pp. 275-276; “Price” pp. 311-313; “Profits and Investors” pp. 313-315 ;“Senegal” pp. 338-339; In Toyin Falola and Amanda Warnock, eds., ; Encyclopaedia of the Middle Passage (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press).
- R. Olaniyi, 2008, “Livestock Species”in John Middleton and Joseph C. Miller, (eds.), New Encyclopaedia of Africa (Detroit: Thomson Gale) pp. 409-412.
- R. Olaniyi, 2008, “Children in Zambia” in I. Epstein and L. Arntson, eds., The Greenwood Encyclopaedia of Children’s Issues Worldwide (Westport: Greenword Press), pp. 543-555.
- R. Olaniyi, 2008, “Azzawi, Dia Al,” pp. 137-139.: “Barnea, Nahum,” pp. 153-156; “Racim, Muhammad, pp. 644-646.; “Rashid, Uday,” pp. 651-653.; “Sawaris, Onsi,” pp. 715-717.; “Shair, Kamal,” pp. 734-736 in Michael R. Fischbash, ed., Biographical Encyclopaedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa (USA: Gale).
- R. Olaniyi, 2010, “Afro-Cuban Culture,” pp. 61-62; “Ulli Beier,” pp. 146-148, in F. Abiola Irele and Biodun Jefiyo, eds., The Oxford Encyclopaedia of African Thought: Volume I – Abolitionism – Imperialsim (Oxford Newyork: Oxford University Press).
- R. Olaniyi, 2004, “Reports on Research Training Workshops (Damina School) 1997-2004, Centre for Research and Documentation, Kano.
- R. Olaniyi and Prof. Nuhu Yaqub, 2004, Vigilante and Conflict Prevention in Traditional Kano, Research Report Submitted to the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, the Presidency, Abuja, June 2004.
- R. Olaniyi and Ibrahim Muazzam, 2005, Situation Assessment and Analysis of Child Trafficking in Kano, Jigawa, Yobe, Borno, Adamawa and Taraba States submitted to the UNICEF D’Field Office, Bauchi.
- Olakunle Odumosu, Rasheed Olaniyi and Sunday Alonge, 2009, Mapping the Activities of Faith Based Organisations in Development in Nigeria, Religions and Development Working Paper 38 (Birmingham: International Development Department, University of Birmingham).