Dr Taibat Lawanson is Professor of Urban Management and Governance at the University of Lagos, Nigeria where she leads the Pro-Poor Development Research Cluster and serves as Co-Director at the Centre for Housing and Sustainable Development. She holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria.Her research focuses on the interface of social complexities, urban realities and the pursuit of spatial justice in Africa. She is well known for her inter-sectoral work which engages students, policy makers, local communities and civil society actors. She is particularly interested in how formal and informal urban systems synthesize in emerging African contexts.She has published widely in academic and popular platforms.
Taibat currently serves on the international advisory committee of UNHABITAT flagship ‘State of the World’s Cities’. She is a member of the board of directors of the Lagos Studies Association, a pioneer World Social Science Fellow of the International (Social) Science Council and a proud alumna of the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Centre.