Taibat Lawanson

Qualifications: PhD
Affiliation: Associate Professor of Urban Planning University of Lagos Nigeria
Research Gate Profile


Taibat Lawanson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, where she has been a faculty member since 2002. She is the immediate past head of department and currently serves as Coordinator of the Lagos Urban Research Network, a platform for interdisciplinary urban research and discourse. She holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria. She has conducted extensive research on issues relating to urban informality, environmental justice and pro-poor development. She is interested in how formal and informal systems can synthesize in the emerging African city, and is the author of over 40 peer reviewed published articles. She is a member of the editorial advisory board of Area Development and Policy Journal of the Regional Studies Association and represents the Association of African Planning Schools on the International editorial board of the Global Planning Educators Association. She is also a United Nations Policy Expert on Urban Governance, Institutional and Capacity Development, and was actively involved in the preparation of the ‘African Urban Agenda’ which charts a preferred trajectory for Africa’s urban transition over the next 30years.
She is a registered town planner and a member of the Hunan Capacity Development Association, Urban Affairs Association and International Society of City and Regional Planners among others. Taibat recently completed the prestigious Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Academic Residency and is a 2013 World Social Science Fellow of the International Social Science Council.

Current research

– Pathways out of Urban Water Poverty
– Women, Poverty and the Challenge of the Sustainable City
– Africa’s urban development Trajectory: The case for inclusive cities
– Decolonising urban planning theories and practices in Nigerian cities


1. Pathways out of Urban Water Poverty: Case studies of small towns in Tanzania and Nigeria. DFID/Urban Research Nigeria Project. with Allen.A and Hoffmann, P.
2. Urban Violence and Gendered (Re)Construction in Africa: Case Studies of Johannesburg, Nairobi and Lagos, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa CODESRIA Comparative Research Network Competition 2013 March 2014 with Katsaura.O, Mosobalaje.A, Wario.H.A, Mutongwizo.T & Faki.E
3. Environmental Health Effects of Squatter Settlements in the Nigerian Cities: Comparative study of Port Harcourt and the Lagos Metropolis. University of Lagos Central Research Grant with researchers from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife