Urbanisation Research Nigeria (URN) Conference

Urbanisation Research Nigeria (URN) is a five year (2013-18) urban research programme funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) that delivers research on urbanisation, urban development and the provision of infrastructure.

A two-day URN Conference was held at the Shehu Musa Yar'Adua Centre in Abuja on Monday, March 12 and Tuesday, March 13, 2018. The primary purpose of the conference was to present and discuss the URN’s research results and their implications for urban policy and management in Nigeria. The conference was also an opportunity to gather leading researchers, policy makers, government officials, development partners and NGOs to consider the overriding necessity and real opportunities for urban reforms in Nigeria that can enable more inclusive, productive, and integrated cities and towns.

To download the final programme please click Download . The conference presentations are available for download below. 

If you wish to view photos from the event please visit the URN Flickr page.

The URN Conference was organised with the support of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing. 


Session One: Urbanisation in Nigeria

Dr. Robin Bloch, ICF: Urbanisation and Emerging Urban Forms in Contemporary Nigeria.   Download

Prof. Timothy T. Gyuse, Benue State University: Urbanisation and Urban Development in the Benue River Basin.  Download

Prof. Tony Lloyd Jones, Max Lock Centre/University of Westminster, London: Urban Change in a Northern Nigeria City – Kaduna 1967-2014.  Download

Prof. Johnson Falade, Foundation for Development and Environmental Initiatives: Urban Policy Considerations for Nigeria.  Download


Session Two: The Urban Economy and Infrastructure in Nigeria

Prof. Mohammed-Bello Yunusa, Ahmadu Bello University: Economic Knowledge and the Urban Informal Economy in Nigeria.  Download

Dr. Naji Makarem and Dr. Tejiri Aweto, University College London: Industrial Development and Business-Civic Leadership: A Case Study of Lagos, Kano and Port Harcourt.  Download

Nikolaos Papachristodoulou, ICF: A City Infrastructure Quality Index (CIQI) for Nigeria.  Download


Session Three: Urban Well-Being in Nigeria

Dr. Taibat Lawanson and Dr. Oluwafemi Olajide, University of Lagos: Pathways Out of Urban Water Poverty.  Download

Dr. Victor Onyebueke, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus: Urban Infrastructure Projects and Displacement.  Download

Dr. Adegbola Ojo, University of Lincoln: Urban Crime in Nigeria: Trends, Costs and Policy Considerations.  Download

Dr. Daniel Oviedo Hernandez and Olusegun Ogunleye, University College London: Transport, Poverty and Well-being in Urban Nigeria.  Download


Session Four: Urban Land and Planning in Nigeria

Prof. Oluwole Morenikeji, Federal University of Technology, Minna: Planning and Governance of Informal Urban Development in Nigeria.  Download

Dr. Ibidun Adelekan, University of Ibadan: Adaptation of Urban Infrastructure to Enhance Climate Resilience in Nigeria.  Download

Dr. Fanan Ujoh, ICF: Municipal Infrastructure and Services, Institutional Frameworks and Financing Arrangements in Nigerian Cities.  Download

Dr. Ahmed Doko Ibrahim, Ahmadu Bello University: Delivering Municipal Services through Effective Procurement of Local Infrastructure.  Download


Session Five: Urban Policy and Programming for Nigeria

Yari Kabir, Habitat Programme Manager, UN-Habitat, Nigeria.  Download

Edna Tobi, Deputy Director, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing.  Download