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 well published with over seventy articles in both academic and popular platforms.
Taibat serves on the international advisory committee of UNHABITAT’s flagship ‘State of the World’s Cities’. She is also a member of the editorial/advisory committees of major urban studies journals including Urban Studies, Housing Studies, Urban Forum, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research and Area Development and Policy. She is a member of the board of directors of the Lagos Studies Association and the steering committee of Future Earth’s Urban Knowledge Action Network. She is a a pioneer World Social Science Fellow of the International (Social) Science Council, fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners and a proud alumna of the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Centre.