Research Themes

Well-being of urban citizens

A critical question is to understand how the economic growth and urban change processes experienced in Nigerian cities are affecting the well-being of different groups of urban women and men, and the role which different forms of infrastructure provision plays in these changes.

As a guiding theme, the well-being of urban citizens is not widely deployed in Nigerian research, which creates the scope for addressing issues of urban health, transportation/mobility, crime and violence, and the impacts of infrastructure provision, in a fashion that deals more inclusively with the differentiated rights and obligations of citizen groupings (e.g., by gender, class, ethnicity), and with urban poverty.

The strategic need for the research lies in the increased recognition of the importance of measuring urban development outcomes though a multi-dimensional understanding of well-being.