Research Themes

Urban economic growth, infrastructure and livelihoods

The relationships between urban economic growth, infrastructure and livelihoods are a topic of much discussion in Nigeria, but the key issue of why high rates of economic growth in recent years have not translated into (or been accompanied by) real improvements in employment creation,livelihood provision and poverty reduction in urban settings is as yet unaddressed, as is the contribution of infrastructural investments and improvements to urban productivity. 

Hampering this is the relatively limited understanding, at overall or sectoral level, of the country’s current economic geography, and of sector-level economic performance (formal or informal/popular, whether manufacturing, or service) in Nigeria’s urban/metropolitan regions, cities or towns.

This research therefore aims to provide an understanding of urban economic growth in both the formal and informal sectors, highlighting the role of improved infrastructural provision, and assessing performance in creating economic opportunity and reducing poverty.