About URN

Urbanisation Research Nigeria (URN) is the research component of the UK Department for International Development (DFID)-supported Urbanisation and Infrastructure Research and Evaluation Manager (UIREM) – Nigeria programme. 

URN is implemented by:

  • ICF International, London
  • The Foundation for Development and Environmental Initiatives, Ibadan
  • The Development Planning Unit at University College London 
  • The Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Benue State University, Makurdi
  • The Department of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

URN is conducting research accompanied by data collection on four key themes concerning urbanisation, urban development and the provision of infrastructure. These are:

  • Theme A: Urban change processes – developing a better understanding of the urbanisation process
  • Theme B: Urban economic growth, infrastructure and livelihoods – examining Nigeria’s diverse urban economies and the opportunities they provide
  • Theme C: Well-being of urban citizens – exploring the material, relational and subjective dimensions of well-being
  • Theme D: Urban land, planning, and governance – uncovering the process of urban development based on land resources and its management.

URN's aim is to produce and publish relevant, interesting and readable academic research outputs from some 24 sub-projects. Findings are also intended to contribute towards the evidence base for better urban policy and strategy, and urban programming and management in Nigeria.

URN’s research programme includes urban studies researchers from the University of Lagos, University of Ibadan, the Federal University of Technology, Minna, and Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria; University of Pretoria in South Africa; ETH Zurich in Switzerland; and the University of Westminster and University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.