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Dr Taibat Lawanson is Associate Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Lagos, Nigeria where she leads the Pro-Poor Development research cluster and serves as co-director of the Centre for Housing and Sustainable Development. She holds a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the Federal University of Technology, Akure.
She has taught courses and conducted research on urban informality, urban management, pro-poor development, governance, and environmental justice and has over 50 published articles in these areas.
Taibat is a member of the International Society for City and Regional Planners, Urban Affairs Association and the West African Rapid Urbanization and Heritage Conservation Research Network. She serves on the board of directors of the Lagos Studies Association, and the editorial advisory board of Area Development and Policy journal. She is also a UN policy expert on Urban Governance, Capacity and Institutional Development.