African Research Network for Urbanization and Habitable Cities

Lead Research Organisation: University of Lagos
Department Name: Cntr for Housing & Sustainable Develop

Abstract

The project, titled 'African Research Network for Urbanization and Habitable Cities' aims at providing a strategic platform for developing research capacities in African Institutions to address the Sustainable Development Goals. Using a hub and spoke model that will see increased collaboration amongst African teams from diverse disciplines, the Network aligns closely with the focus of the ARUA-UKRI GRCF Partnership Programme for creating and strengthening African-African teams and networks.

As the host of the ARUA Centre of Excellence on urbanization and habitable cities, the University of Lagos is the Network hub, providing administrative and research leadership. The pioneer spoke universities are: Federal University of Technology, Minna, Obafemi Awolowo University both in Nigeria; University of Ghana, University of Cape Town, South Africa; American International University (West African Campus), The Gambia; Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre of the Njala University, Sierra Leone, University of Zambia and Uganda Martyrs University, Uganda. This reflects partnership between Sub-Saharan African countries, ranking predominantly as Least Developed and Lower Middle Income Countries on the DAC-list. Another common feature among these countries is the negative impact of rapid urbanization on city forms, limiting productivity of residents and city competitiveness. This is the development challenge that the Network seeks to impact.

Taking advantage of the existing work of its host Centre of Excellence which has eight multidisciplinary research clusters that uses knowledge co-production frameworks in research, advocacy and capacity building programmes, the Network will work within several disciplines required to create sustainable cities, bringing in policy makers, city authorities, businesses, civil society and community residents for impact. In addition, the Network will draw on existing relationships with academic researchers, research groups and organizations in UK institutions who have committed to supporting it. Interactions between the Africa-UK partners will create long term linkages that will lead to expanded knowledge, policy action and transfer for improving productivity, city competitiveness and economic prosperity, and therefore, national economy. The development of newer and stronger partnerships that will endure beyond this grant period is a core impact factor for the Network.

Network activities include themed capacity building workshops to build skills in research, community engagement, policy engaged and business case development, research management, ethics and grant writing amongst others. Some of these will be offered on-line. Other activities are: masterclasses in specific knowledge areas, mandatory PhD colloquial in annual conferences, researcher exchange programs within the hub, spoke and UK universities to ensure mentoring and scoping studies to enable researchers (especially post-graduate and early careers) take part in research activities.
Research and knowledge outcomes arising from this activity will be disseminated through development of tool-kits, policy guide-lines and policy briefs, working papers, journal articles, conference proceedings, information pieces, blogs, monographs, book of readings, book of chapters and most importantly, short messages on social media outlets. Local language dissemination, stakeholder co-production and engagement workshops would be strongly prioritized for activities impacting local communities.

The activities of the Network will be led by the Principal Investigator/Centre Director, Professor T.G Nubi, a seasoned practicing academia who has a strong track record in research, mentoring, private-sector, policy and community engagement. His team will report to an Advisory Board that will oversee the activities of the network and review progress. Network Activities will be spread over 36 months with commencement in September 2019

Planned Impact

Who will benefit from this research?
The beneficiaries of the research outcomes are the key stake-holders whose individual and collective activities shape the urban space, rendering it efficient or inefficient as the case may be. These are:
i. Residential communities (reflecting all types of communities to be found in urban areas with consideration for informal and slum settlements)
ii. Public sector organizations, including government offices, public utility/infrastructure and land management agencies amongst others
iii. Private sector organizations whose business processes are created, or support urban growth; including professional bodies and investors
iv. Civil society organizations whose stake in the urban space is reflected in the diversity of their advocacy activities in socio-economic rights as well as other dimensions of sustainable development.

How will they benefit from this research?
The research will contribute to the delivery of outcomes supporting the improvement of lives and wellbeing of the urban poor, especially those in informal settlements through promoting and institutionalizing more supportive approaches that recognises the opportunities for private and public investment, innovation and human capital development that is often trapped in these communities. Network capacity building activities involving communities, civil society organizations working with them, and public sector organizations whose policy implementation affects them will have the impact of promoting deeper engagement and evidence driven practice leading to a more vibrant and well-informed urban society that makes use of evidence, and advocates based on evidence. The business community will be a beneficiary through targeted engagements with the network members. The opportunity to co-create innovative, economically viable urban solutions will be a direct impact from the project.

What will be done to ensure that they have the opportunity to benefit from this activity?
(i) Developing a strategy for engagement with target audiences: The Network will
develop engagement strategies that will recognize the most effective means of collaboration with beneficiary groups. In general, for research based activities, the preferred strategy is transdisciplinary research that brings in key stakeholders as research partners from project inception.
(ii) Contextualized methods for communication and engagement for each stakeholder group:
For instance, local language communication will be prioritized especially when working with local community partners. Policy briefs and policy papers will be more appropriate for communicating with government sector; blogs and on-line social media communication will be better suited for general audience, younger collaborators and local communities, while technical papers will be adopted for private sector partners.
(iii) Maximizing other opportunities for collaboration: In seeking sustainability of the
Network to make impact both during and after the ARUA-UKRI funding, a deliberate culture of collaborating with beneficiaries/stakeholders by partnering in grants application, fellowships, capacity building and events will be adopted. In this, the Network shall take advantage of the services offered by the University of Lagos Research and Innovation office, which provides support for collaborative activities from grant writing/management to patenting and technology incubation centres.
(iv) Monitoring and evaluation of impact plan activities: During the currency of the grant, monitoring and evaluation of activity impact would be carried out at the end of each specific activity -for example, at the end of jointly organized conferences and workshops, with the use of known impact evaluation tools

Publications

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Description This award is in its second year. Major achievements so far include the building up of a network of African researchers from 10 Universities spread across the Continent, and collaboratively agreeing on core research themes over the grant period, We have recorded the successful completion of the 'Scoping Studies on The State of Infrastructure in African Cities' for the 2019/2020 Grant Year. We have discovered several areas of opportunities for sustainable transportation services and infrastructure provisions in African cities from this scoping studies and the reports are being prepared for publication in a book format to increase accessibility by an international audience. For the current grant year, fourteen writing teams have been assembled and they will be interacting with stakeholders from policy and communities to carry out the the 2020/2021 Scoping Studies on Informality and Inequality in Urban Africa.
Exploitation Route The outcomes of the scoping studies would provide up to date information about the State of Infrastructure across 10 African cities, thus proving a compendium upon which future research questions, possible problem solving collaborations and partnerships may be founded. Additionally, it is expected to produce a folio of best practices in Infrastructure provision that Policy makers in the cities can adapt to improve public service efficiencies.
The reports are being prepared for publication in a book format to increase accessibility by an international audience.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Communities and Social Services/Policy,Construction,Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Energy,Environment,Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Healthcare,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Retail,Security and Diplomacy,Transport,Other

 
Description The scoping studies research and trans-disciplinary research meetings are two key activities of the award that would produce non-academic outcomes are still at the early stages but being monitored for impact.
 
Description Capacity Building for Policy Makers: Adopting practical approach to urban regeneration: social housing option & private investment option
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Research Centre Advisory Board Membership
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Slum Identification Committee in Lagos
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description A Study of COVID-19 Adaptation Strategies for Residents of Multi-tenanted Housing in Lagos, Nigeria
Amount £143,820 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/V006428/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2020 
End 01/2021
 
Description African Research Network for Urbanization and Habitable Cities 
Organisation American International University West Africa
Country Senegal 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I am the Director of the Network and responsible for providing strategic leadership to ensure that the Network is active and achieve all its objectives during and beyond the grant period. I am supported by the CoE Co-Director and Centre Manager, as well as the contact persons for each University partner.
Collaborator Contribution Our partner Universities are expected to contribute in kind in terms of making facilities available for Network activities, as well as spaces and equipment as necessary. They are also expected to contribute in cash if possible as the Network matures. Our partners have contributed significant amounts of their time and expertise towards implementing the partnership activities, mobilizing participation from their own universities, carrying out scoping studies and organizing research meetings with collaborators in their own cities.
Impact 1.City Profile Reports on 2019/2020 Scoping study research titled State of urban Infrastructure in Africa: Focus on Transit Oriented Development (for 10 African cities: Accra, Banjul, Free Town, Johannesburg, Kampala, Lagos, Lusaka, Nairobi, Oshogbo) 2. Thematic reports on the State of urban Infrastructure in Africa: Focus on Transit Oriented Development 3. Policy Briefs culled from City Profiles 4, Communique of the First Annual Conference of the African Research Network for Urbanization and Habitable Cities 5. Conference Presentations of the First Annual Conference of the African Research Network for Urbanization and Habitable Cities 6. Reports of proceedings of the COVID-19 and African Cities Webinar Series 7. Book Publication: Housing and the SDGs in Urban Africa 8. Book Publication: Land and Development in Lagos
Start Year 2019
 
Description African Research Network for Urbanization and Habitable Cities 
Organisation Federal University of Technology Minna
Country Nigeria 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I am the Director of the Network and responsible for providing strategic leadership to ensure that the Network is active and achieve all its objectives during and beyond the grant period. I am supported by the CoE Co-Director and Centre Manager, as well as the contact persons for each University partner.
Collaborator Contribution Our partner Universities are expected to contribute in kind in terms of making facilities available for Network activities, as well as spaces and equipment as necessary. They are also expected to contribute in cash if possible as the Network matures. Our partners have contributed significant amounts of their time and expertise towards implementing the partnership activities, mobilizing participation from their own universities, carrying out scoping studies and organizing research meetings with collaborators in their own cities.
Impact 1.City Profile Reports on 2019/2020 Scoping study research titled State of urban Infrastructure in Africa: Focus on Transit Oriented Development (for 10 African cities: Accra, Banjul, Free Town, Johannesburg, Kampala, Lagos, Lusaka, Nairobi, Oshogbo) 2. Thematic reports on the State of urban Infrastructure in Africa: Focus on Transit Oriented Development 3. Policy Briefs culled from City Profiles 4, Communique of the First Annual Conference of the African Research Network for Urbanization and Habitable Cities 5. Conference Presentations of the First Annual Conference of the African Research Network for Urbanization and Habitable Cities 6. Reports of proceedings of the COVID-19 and African Cities Webinar Series 7. Book Publication: Housing and the SDGs in Urban Africa 8. Book Publication: Land and Development in Lagos
Start Year 2019
 
Description African Research Network for Urbanization and Habitable Cities 
Organisation Njala University, Sierra Leone
Country Sierra Leone 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I am the Director of the Network and responsible for providing strategic leadership to ensure that the Network is active and achieve all its objectives during and beyond the grant period. I am supported by the CoE Co-Director and Centre Manager, as well as the contact persons for each University partner.
Collaborator Contribution Our partner Universities are expected to contribute in kind in terms of making facilities available for Network activities, as well as spaces and equipment as necessary. They are also expected to contribute in cash if possible as the Network matures. Our partners have contributed significant amounts of their time and expertise towards implementing the partnership activities, mobilizing participation from their own universities, carrying out scoping studies and organizing research meetings with collaborators in their own cities.
Impact 1.City Profile Reports on 2019/2020 Scoping study research titled State of urban Infrastructure in Africa: Focus on Transit Oriented Development (for 10 African cities: Accra, Banjul, Free Town, Johannesburg, Kampala, Lagos, Lusaka, Nairobi, Oshogbo) 2. Thematic reports on the State of urban Infrastructure in Africa: Focus on Transit Oriented Development 3. Policy Briefs culled from City Profiles 4, Communique of the First Annual Conference of the African Research Network for Urbanization and Habitable Cities 5. Conference Presentations of the First Annual Conference of the African Research Network for Urbanization and Habitable Cities 6. Reports of proceedings of the COVID-19 and African Cities Webinar Series 7. Book Publication: Housing and the SDGs in Urban Africa 8. Book Publication: Land and Development in Lagos
Start Year 2019
 
Description African Research Network for Urbanization and Habitable Cities 
Organisation Obafemi Awolowo University
Country Nigeria 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I am the Director of the Network and responsible for providing strategic leadership to ensure that the Network is active and achieve all its objectives during and beyond the grant period. I am supported by the CoE Co-Director and Centre Manager, as well as the contact persons for each University partner.
Collaborator Contribution Our partner Universities are expected to contribute in kind in terms of making facilities available for Network activities, as well as spaces and equipment as necessary. They are also expected to contribute in cash if possible as the Network matures. Our partners have contributed significant amounts of their time and expertise towards implementing the partnership activities, mobilizing participation from their own universities, carrying out scoping studies and organizing research meetings with collaborators in their own cities.
Impact 1.City Profile Reports on 2019/2020 Scoping study research titled State of urban Infrastructure in Africa: Focus on Transit Oriented Development (for 10 African cities: Accra, Banjul, Free Town, Johannesburg, Kampala, Lagos, Lusaka, Nairobi, Oshogbo) 2. Thematic reports on the State of urban Infrastructure in Africa: Focus on Transit Oriented Development 3. Policy Briefs culled from City Profiles 4, Communique of the First Annual Conference of the African Research Network for Urbanization and Habitable Cities 5. Conference Presentations of the First Annual Conference of the African Research Network for Urbanization and Habitable Cities 6. Reports of proceedings of the COVID-19 and African Cities Webinar Series 7. Book Publication: Housing and the SDGs in Urban Africa 8. Book Publication: Land and Development in Lagos
Start Year 2019
 
Description African Research Network for Urbanization and Habitable Cities 
Organisation Uganda Martyrs University
Country Uganda 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I am the Director of the Network and responsible for providing strategic leadership to ensure that the Network is active and achieve all its objectives during and beyond the grant period. I am supported by the CoE Co-Director and Centre Manager, as well as the contact persons for each University partner.
Collaborator Contribution Our partner Universities are expected to contribute in kind in terms of making facilities available for Network activities, as well as spaces and equipment as necessary. They are also expected to contribute in cash if possible as the Network matures. Our partners have contributed significant amounts of their time and expertise towards implementing the partnership activities, mobilizing participation from their own universities, carrying out scoping studies and organizing research meetings with collaborators in their own cities.
Impact 1.City Profile Reports on 2019/2020 Scoping study research titled State of urban Infrastructure in Africa: Focus on Transit Oriented Development (for 10 African cities: Accra, Banjul, Free Town, Johannesburg, Kampala, Lagos, Lusaka, Nairobi, Oshogbo) 2. Thematic reports on the State of urban Infrastructure in Africa: Focus on Transit Oriented Development 3. Policy Briefs culled from City Profiles 4, Communique of the First Annual Conference of the African Research Network for Urbanization and Habitable Cities 5. Conference Presentations of the First Annual Conference of the African Research Network for Urbanization and Habitable Cities 6. Reports of proceedings of the COVID-19 and African Cities Webinar Series 7. Book Publication: Housing and the SDGs in Urban Africa 8. Book Publication: Land and Development in Lagos
Start Year 2019
 
Description African Research Network for Urbanization and Habitable Cities 
Organisation University of Cape Town
Country South Africa 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I am the Director of the Network and responsible for providing strategic leadership to ensure that the Network is active and achieve all its objectives during and beyond the grant period. I am supported by the CoE Co-Director and Centre Manager, as well as the contact persons for each University partner.
Collaborator Contribution Our partner Universities are expected to contribute in kind in terms of making facilities available for Network activities, as well as spaces and equipment as necessary. They are also expected to contribute in cash if possible as the Network matures. Our partners have contributed significant amounts of their time and expertise towards implementing the partnership activities, mobilizing participation from their own universities, carrying out scoping studies and organizing research meetings with collaborators in their own cities.
Impact 1.City Profile Reports on 2019/2020 Scoping study research titled State of urban Infrastructure in Africa: Focus on Transit Oriented Development (for 10 African cities: Accra, Banjul, Free Town, Johannesburg, Kampala, Lagos, Lusaka, Nairobi, Oshogbo) 2. Thematic reports on the State of urban Infrastructure in Africa: Focus on Transit Oriented Development 3. Policy Briefs culled from City Profiles 4, Communique of the First Annual Conference of the African Research Network for Urbanization and Habitable Cities 5. Conference Presentations of the First Annual Conference of the African Research Network for Urbanization and Habitable Cities 6. Reports of proceedings of the COVID-19 and African Cities Webinar Series 7. Book Publication: Housing and the SDGs in Urban Africa 8. Book Publication: Land and Development in Lagos
Start Year 2019
 
Description African Research Network for Urbanization and Habitable Cities 
Organisation University of Ghana
Country Ghana 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I am the Director of the Network and responsible for providing strategic leadership to ensure that the Network is active and achieve all its objectives during and beyond the grant period. I am supported by the CoE Co-Director and Centre Manager, as well as the contact persons for each University partner.
Collaborator Contribution Our partner Universities are expected to contribute in kind in terms of making facilities available for Network activities, as well as spaces and equipment as necessary. They are also expected to contribute in cash if possible as the Network matures. Our partners have contributed significant amounts of their time and expertise towards implementing the partnership activities, mobilizing participation from their own universities, carrying out scoping studies and organizing research meetings with collaborators in their own cities.
Impact 1.City Profile Reports on 2019/2020 Scoping study research titled State of urban Infrastructure in Africa: Focus on Transit Oriented Development (for 10 African cities: Accra, Banjul, Free Town, Johannesburg, Kampala, Lagos, Lusaka, Nairobi, Oshogbo) 2. Thematic reports on the State of urban Infrastructure in Africa: Focus on Transit Oriented Development 3. Policy Briefs culled from City Profiles 4, Communique of the First Annual Conference of the African Research Network for Urbanization and Habitable Cities 5. Conference Presentations of the First Annual Conference of the African Research Network for Urbanization and Habitable Cities 6. Reports of proceedings of the COVID-19 and African Cities Webinar Series 7. Book Publication: Housing and the SDGs in Urban Africa 8. Book Publication: Land and Development in Lagos
Start Year 2019
 
Description African Research Network for Urbanization and Habitable Cities 
Organisation University of Nairobi
Country Kenya 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I am the Director of the Network and responsible for providing strategic leadership to ensure that the Network is active and achieve all its objectives during and beyond the grant period. I am supported by the CoE Co-Director and Centre Manager, as well as the contact persons for each University partner.
Collaborator Contribution Our partner Universities are expected to contribute in kind in terms of making facilities available for Network activities, as well as spaces and equipment as necessary. They are also expected to contribute in cash if possible as the Network matures. Our partners have contributed significant amounts of their time and expertise towards implementing the partnership activities, mobilizing participation from their own universities, carrying out scoping studies and organizing research meetings with collaborators in their own cities.
Impact 1.City Profile Reports on 2019/2020 Scoping study research titled State of urban Infrastructure in Africa: Focus on Transit Oriented Development (for 10 African cities: Accra, Banjul, Free Town, Johannesburg, Kampala, Lagos, Lusaka, Nairobi, Oshogbo) 2. Thematic reports on the State of urban Infrastructure in Africa: Focus on Transit Oriented Development 3. Policy Briefs culled from City Profiles 4, Communique of the First Annual Conference of the African Research Network for Urbanization and Habitable Cities 5. Conference Presentations of the First Annual Conference of the African Research Network for Urbanization and Habitable Cities 6. Reports of proceedings of the COVID-19 and African Cities Webinar Series 7. Book Publication: Housing and the SDGs in Urban Africa 8. Book Publication: Land and Development in Lagos
Start Year 2019
 
Description African Research Network for Urbanization and Habitable Cities 
Organisation University of Stirling
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I am the Director of the Network and responsible for providing strategic leadership to ensure that the Network is active and achieve all its objectives during and beyond the grant period. I am supported by the CoE Co-Director and Centre Manager, as well as the contact persons for each University partner.
Collaborator Contribution Our partner Universities are expected to contribute in kind in terms of making facilities available for Network activities, as well as spaces and equipment as necessary. They are also expected to contribute in cash if possible as the Network matures. Our partners have contributed significant amounts of their time and expertise towards implementing the partnership activities, mobilizing participation from their own universities, carrying out scoping studies and organizing research meetings with collaborators in their own cities.
Impact 1.City Profile Reports on 2019/2020 Scoping study research titled State of urban Infrastructure in Africa: Focus on Transit Oriented Development (for 10 African cities: Accra, Banjul, Free Town, Johannesburg, Kampala, Lagos, Lusaka, Nairobi, Oshogbo) 2. Thematic reports on the State of urban Infrastructure in Africa: Focus on Transit Oriented Development 3. Policy Briefs culled from City Profiles 4, Communique of the First Annual Conference of the African Research Network for Urbanization and Habitable Cities 5. Conference Presentations of the First Annual Conference of the African Research Network for Urbanization and Habitable Cities 6. Reports of proceedings of the COVID-19 and African Cities Webinar Series 7. Book Publication: Housing and the SDGs in Urban Africa 8. Book Publication: Land and Development in Lagos
Start Year 2019
 
Description African Research Network for Urbanization and Habitable Cities 
Organisation University of Zambia
Country Zambia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I am the Director of the Network and responsible for providing strategic leadership to ensure that the Network is active and achieve all its objectives during and beyond the grant period. I am supported by the CoE Co-Director and Centre Manager, as well as the contact persons for each University partner.
Collaborator Contribution Our partner Universities are expected to contribute in kind in terms of making facilities available for Network activities, as well as spaces and equipment as necessary. They are also expected to contribute in cash if possible as the Network matures. Our partners have contributed significant amounts of their time and expertise towards implementing the partnership activities, mobilizing participation from their own universities, carrying out scoping studies and organizing research meetings with collaborators in their own cities.
Impact 1.City Profile Reports on 2019/2020 Scoping study research titled State of urban Infrastructure in Africa: Focus on Transit Oriented Development (for 10 African cities: Accra, Banjul, Free Town, Johannesburg, Kampala, Lagos, Lusaka, Nairobi, Oshogbo) 2. Thematic reports on the State of urban Infrastructure in Africa: Focus on Transit Oriented Development 3. Policy Briefs culled from City Profiles 4, Communique of the First Annual Conference of the African Research Network for Urbanization and Habitable Cities 5. Conference Presentations of the First Annual Conference of the African Research Network for Urbanization and Habitable Cities 6. Reports of proceedings of the COVID-19 and African Cities Webinar Series 7. Book Publication: Housing and the SDGs in Urban Africa 8. Book Publication: Land and Development in Lagos
Start Year 2019
 
Description Annual Conference of the African Research Network on Urbanization and Habitable Cities 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The conference was meant to develop on presentations of the Scoping Studies Research carried out over the grant year. It was hosted by the University of Cape Town. Key notes were presented by Advisory Board Members: Professor David Toll and Professor Vanesa Watson. The Acting Vice Chancellor of UCT, Prof Sue Harrison also gave a warm welcome speech. An average daily turn-out close to
65 with total number of registered participants being 237. This was made up of registered companies(93); universities (25) while polytechnics and colleges of education (8); and public sector (government agencies and others were 6). Daily average of attendees was put at 65.We were also able to build on ECR capacity development as they led presentations at the Conference. We measured for gender inclusion as follows: The planning committee chairman was female, equal distribution between the planning committee members with 4 females and 4 males. There were 2 female and 4 male moderators. Welcome and introduction speeches were offered by the Acting VC of UCT, a female, and the Director of the CoE, a male. Keynote presentations were also equally distributed between 1 male and 1 female. Plenary sessions and presentations were done by 6 females and 11 males.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://chsd.unilag.edu.ng/?p=1258
 
Description COVID-19 and African Cities Blog Series 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Centre sent out invites for think-pieces and short articles on the COVID-19 pandemic in African Cities (April 2020). Articles discussing the impact and effects of COVID-19, including government approaches, public perceptions, unintended outcomes and academic reflections. Articles imagining post-COVID realities and suggestions for relevant research, sustainable futures and better outcomes. By the end of September, there were fifty three submissions which have been uploaded on the Centre's website - http://chsunilag.com/blog. As the call started in the early days of the Pandemic, we were able to capture from contributors, issues that were emanating from various African cities. It also helped to develop non-academic writing skills as each write-up was peer-reviewed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://chsd.unilag.edu.ng/?cat=1
 
Description Capaccity Building Workshop for Early Career Researchers 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact 44 Researchers from over 19 African Universities attended the workshop. The objective of the workshop was to provide an empirical grounding for the Scoping Studies of the 2019/2020 grant year thematic focus on Infrastructure. The event provided the Network an impetus to focus on Transportation as the Scoping Study research theme for the year. City teams have subsequently been raised to work on the City Profiles.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.chsunilag.com
 
Description Public Lecture on the Political Economy of African Cities and the Realization of the SDGs 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Increased commitment of researchers in Africa to work on tackling Africa's development challenges related to the SDGs
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.facebook.com/chsd.unilag/
 
Description Research Leadership Capacity Building Workshop for ARUA CoE Research Clusters 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The CoE held two capacity building workshops in 2020 for researchers to develop skills in leadership, grant application and research cluster management.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Scoping Studies on the State of Urban Infrastructure in Africa with focus on Transit Oriented Development 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Scoping Studies on the State of Urban Infrastructure with Focus on Transit Oriented Development was in line with the 2019/2020 Grant year theme. In implementing this research, city-based and thematic based studies were commissioned with the Network members and research clusters playing lead roles respectively. To develop their studies, each city-based and thematic based study group was required to draw inputs from policy and industry sectors using the transdisciplinary studies method, Each group therefore engaged a community of experts made of up of policy makers, actors in the transportation business and stakeholders/communities impacted by transport policies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description THE COVI D-19 AND AFRICAN CITIES W EBINAR SERI ES 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The centre hosted a series of webinars with network partners taking the lead, and collaborating with research clusters to identify and invite other scholars and practitioners across Africa to share their perspectives on how the COVID-19 pandemic is being experienced and management in their cities. This event was meant to foster Africa-Africa partnership amongst researchers in the Network, and to bring the Network partners and the research clusters together, to foster mutual collaboration, knowledge sharing and to build on the relationship that had been fostered during the Inception workshop and the Nairobi meeting. In these way, the event was jointly planned by a Network partner and a research cluster. They agreed on the speakers at the event the role ECRs in the teams would play.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Transdisciplinary Research Capacity Workshop: Rethinking Transdisciplinary In Africa In Covid-19 Times (August, 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This is the flagship capacity building workshop for the year 2020. It was conceived as a selection-based 3 day activity focusing on research skills development. The objective of the workshop was to improve the capacity of all cadres of academic researchers to initiate, maintain and strengthen collaborations with stakeholders from practice, communities, public sector, academic groups amongst others.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://chsd.unilag.edu.ng/?p=1255
 
Description Transdisciplinary Research Meeting on Housing and Transit Oriented Development 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This transdisciplinary meeting is at the instance of the Housing and Regeneration Research Cluster of the CoE. Representatives of three public sector ministeries, The research meeting was convened to develop a thematic study on the linkages between Housing and Transit Oriented Development and its relevance for Africa. At the end of the meeting, it was decided that there needs to be a re-conceptualization of the term to suit the realities of African City.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019