Dabo landed in the UK in 2000 and gained a BA in Environmental Management with Science in 2003 at University of Leeds. He studied further and obtained a PhD in Ecological Economics by 2007 from Leeds. Dabo spent about 5 years in Cambridge as a Postdoctoral researcher and later as a junior faculty. In between, Dabo worked for World Wild Fund (WWF) for a year as an Economist. He re-joined University of Leeds in 2011 as an Associate professor and then appointed to a Chair by University of East Anglia in 2014.