Dr. Taibat Olaitan LAWANSON
Urban And Regional Planning

Taibat Lawanson is an urban planning and development specialist with interests in urban informality, environmental justice and pro-poor development. Her work focuses on strengthening formal - informal linkages for urban service delivery in African urban contexts.  She holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria. She is currently an associate professor of urban planning, and teaches courses relating to informality, municipal development and urban management. She also leads the Pro-Poor Development Research cluster at the University of Lagos, and has authored 50 peer-reviewed articles and supervised 30 graduate level theses.

She has won the Faculty Best researcher (Environmental Sciences) award at the University of Lagos five times. She is a pioneer World Social Science Fellow of the International Social Science Council, 2016 Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Centre fellow, and 2017 DAAD visiting professor at the Habitat Unit, Technical University, Berlin-Germany. She is a member of the board of Directors of the Lagos Studies Association, as well as the international Editorial advisory board of the Area Development and Policy Journal. She is a registered town planner and a United Nations Policy Expert on Urban Governance, Institutional and Capacity Development.


PhD Urban and Regional Planning (FUTA, 2011);

  • PGD Educational Administration and Planning (Lagos, 2004);

-            MSc Geography (Lagos, 2002),

-            B.Tech Urban and Regional Planning(FUTA, 1998)


Environmental Sciences Environmental Sciences
Research Interest
Urban Informality, Poverty and Sustainable Livelihoods; - Environmental and Spatial Justice, Governance for Pro- poor Development
Professional Associations
- Trans-Urban Knowledge Network - Urban Affairs Association - Human Development and Capability Association - International Society for City and Regional Planners - Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) - Nigerian Institute of Town Planners - Town Planners Registration Council of Nigeria
List of Publications (In the Last Five Years):
1. Lawanson T., and Agunbiade. M (2017) Land Governance and Megacity Projects in Lagos, Nigeria: The Case of Lekki Free Trade Zone. Area Development and Policy. http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1080/23792949.2017.1399804. (published by Taylor and Francis) 2. Soyinka. O., Siu K., Lawanson T., and Adeniji. O (2017) Assessing smart infrastructure for sustainable urban development in the Lagos metropolis. Journal of Urban Management. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jum.2017.01.001(published by Elsevier) 3. Lawanson.T, Oyalowo.B, Faremi. J, John. I, Adio Moses. D, and Alabi. A (2016) Undergraduate Student Use of Social Media: Case study of Built Environment Disciplines at the University of Lagos, Nigeria in University of Mauritius Research Journal 22(2):260-279 4. Lawanson T (2015) Potentials Of The Urban Poor in Shaping a Sustainable Lagos Megacity; in Allen A.,Lampis, A., and Swilling, M. (eds) Untamed Urbanisms. Routledge Advances in Regional Economics, Science and Policy Series. London &New York: Routledge. 108-118 5. Nwokoro, I., Lawanson, T., Ebuehi, O., Fadare, S., Agwu, J. &Soyinka, O. (2015) Socioeconomic Dynamics and Environmental Health Outcomes in Informal Settlements of Port Harcourt, Nigeria in Journal of Construction, Project Management and Innovation, University of Johannesburg. 5 (1): 1064-1081 6. Lawanson T. & Fadare. (2015) Environment and Health Disparities in Urban Communities: Focus on Eti Osa, Nigeria. City, Culture and Society 6(1) 43 - 52 (published by Elsevier) 7. Lawanson.T, Orelaja.O & Simire .M. (2014) Effects of climate change on a peri-urban farming community in Lagos, Nigeria, African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development (published by Taylor and Francis) , 6(6), 511-517, 2014. **republished in Munchie.M, Bhaduri. S, Baskaran. A, and, Sheikh. F(eds) (2016) Informal Sector Innovations: Insights from the Global South. Oxford and New York: Routledge 8. Lawanson T (2014) Illegal Urban Entrepreneurship? The Case of Street Vendors in Lagos, Nigeria, (2014) Journal of Architecture and Environment, Institute Tecknologi (ITS) Sepuluh Nopember, Surabaya, Indonesia. 13(1) 33-48. April 2014 9. Lawanson T. & Oduwaye L (2014) Socio-Economic Adaptation Strategies of the Urban Poor in the Lagos Metropolis, Nigeria, African Review of Economics and Finance, (Published by University of South Africa Press) 6(1) 139-160 10. Olajide.O.& Lawanson.T (2014) Climate Change and Livelihood Vulnerabilities of Low Income Coastal Communities in Lagos, Nigeria, by International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development, 6(1)42-51 (published by Taylor and Francis) 11. Salau T, Lawanson T. & Yadua O (2013) Amoebic Urbanization in Nigerian Cities: The case of Lagos and Ota, International Journal of Architecture and Urban Development, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran. Vol3(4) 83-90 12. Lawanson, T., Olajide, O & Nwokoro.I (2013) The Millennium Development Goals in Lagos, Nigeria: A time-line study of Ajegunle community (1998 – 2008) by AVANI Journal of Geography, National Postgraduate College, University of Lucknow India 3(1)1-12 13. Lawanson T. & Fadare. S. (2013) Neighborhood Differentials and Environmental Health Interface in Lagos Metropolis, Nigeria, Habitat International (published by Elsevier) (39) 240 - 245 July 2013 14. Lawanson T., Salau T, & Yadua O (2013) Conceptualizing the Liveable African City. Journal of Construction Project Management and Innovation. University of Johannesburg, South Africa 3 (1): 573-588 15. Olufayo.O, Omole F & Lawanson T (2013) Utilizing Creeks for Integrated Rural Coastal Development of Ilaje Area of Nigeria, in Ethiopian Journal of Environmental Studies and Management, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia: 6 (3) 294 - 299