Dr. Peter ELIAS is a specialist in Regional Planning and Development, Sustainable Urbanization and Environment, and Climate Adaptation Planning. He is an alumnus of the University of Lagos where he obtained his B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Geography & Planning in 1995 and M.Sc. in Geography (with specialization in Regional Planning and Resource Analysis) in 2002. He completed his doctoral thesis on soils and land use planning in the Lower Ogun River Floodplain, Southwest Nigeria in 2010.
Dr. Elias has attended specialized Project Coaching Workshop on Implementing Leading Integrated Research in Africa (2030) organized by ICSUISSC/NASAC, 7-8 May, 2018, Beach Hotel, Ports Elizabeth, South Africa, Trans-Disciplinary Research Training for Implementing Sustainable Goal 11 in Africa organized by the Network of African Academy of Sciences (NASAC), International Social Sciences Council (ISSC) and International Council of Sciences (ICSU) held between August 28 - September 1, 2017 at Makere University, Kampala, Uganda, IPBES Capacity Building Writing Workshop for AfRA experts, Hosted by IPBES TSU Africa, 12 – 18 February 2017; 2nd World Social Sciences Fellows Seminar on Sustainable Urbanization: Transformations to Sustainability in Urbanized Contexts held at Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, November 2-8, 2014 Funded by the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP) and Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (UGEC); Professional Development Workshop, Theme: Town Planning and Climate Change organized by The Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, Lagos Chapter, held at Osra Hall, CBD, Alausa, Ikeja, September 17th, 2013; Professional Development Workshop on Project Procurement and Effective Service Delivery organized by Association of Town Planning Consultants of Nigeria (ATOPCON) 7-8 March, 2012 at Business Club, 50 Hakeem Balogun Street, Central Business District, Ikeja, Lagos; A Technical Review Workshop on Improving Land Sector Governance in Nigeria sponsored by the Federal Ministry of the Environment held at Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja, October 12-13, 2011, Lagos Climate Change Risk Assessment: An inception stakeholders' workshop organised by The World Bank/HR Wallingford (UK) held at the International Finance Corporation, Solomon Lewis Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, on the 2nd June, 2011.
Dr. Elias is a winner of the Faculty Best Researcher for the Faculty of Social Sciences in University of Lagos Annual Research Conference and Fair in 2009. Over the years he has conducted research on areas including: Challenges and Opportunities for Strengthening the Local Economy and Regional Development, Analysis of Slum Conditions in Selected Communities in Lagos Metropolis, science-policy interface in biodiversity and ecosystem services, assessment of nature’s contribution to people, identifying and assessing the economics of land degradation and restoration, implementing land governance sector in Nigeria, profiling slum conditions and needs assessment, environmental management and planning, sustainable transformation in urbanized contexts, inclusive and sustainable urban development, soils and land use planning, environmental change and climate adaptation planning; Community-Based Management of Ecosystems and Natural Resources for the Improvement of Rural Livelihoods and Food Security in the Nigerian Savannah. He has mentored several students who are working or have earned postgraduate degrees within and outside Nigeria while others are engaged in several public and private sectors. He has extensive experience in international research collaborations with organisations in UK, USA, Ghana, and Asia such as START, the International Geographic Union (IGU) Commission on World Bank, HR Wallingford, World Resources Institute (WRI), Institute of Environment and Sanitation (IESS), Justice and Empowerment Initiative (JEI), International Council of Science (ICSU), Leading Integrated Research in Africa (LIRA 2030) among others. He has published over 40 articles in scientific journal, book chapters, policy briefs and textbooks and is well travelled – across Africa, Asia, Europe and America.