Research Themes

Urban land, planning and governance

Research into urban land, planning, and governance in Nigeria has been dominated by widely-held critiques of urban planning and urban governance procedures, with these particular focused on inadequate land market and planning systems, and limited provision of urban infrastructure and services.

However, the actual process of urban development and the physical construction of the built environment (i.e., city-building), which is ongoing, massively scaled and far-reaching, is not well-researched or understood. Neither are the urban political and governance conventions and mechanisms which shape urban development – or, more specifically, the functioning of land markets.

This research therefore aims to provide a better understanding of how informal and formal systems now inter-relate to give shape and dimension to urban development in Nigerian cities.