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)