Call for Chapters: Book on Housing and SDGs in African Cities

The Centre for Housing and Sustainable Development (CHSD) at the University of Lagos, Nigeria provides learning and research support for evidence-based policy and practice in the housing and urban development sector. As an ARUA (African Research Universities Alliance) Centre of excellence, it also co-ordinates research capacity building in urbanization and habitable cities across both ARUA and non-ARUA member universities, providing opportunities for critical engagement with, and interrogation of Africa's most critical issues. This book project is a core activity of the Centre aimed at producing a body of knowledge that will significantly contribute to the understanding and attainment of the SDGs in Africa.


Contemporary African cities are defined by multiple issues that have challenged optimization, competitiveness and efficiency of its urban areas. Globally acceptable tools such as the Sustainable Development Goals provide much needed directions for change that would bring about resolutions to these challenges for the benefit of all Africans. There is however, an urgent need for the incorporation of these goals into sectoral concerns to catalyze change. Housing represents a substantial proportion of urban land use. As both an economic good and a social service, housing transcends the brick and mortar with which it is built, encompassing the immediate environment, and all other economic and social activities for work, play and living. In this way, the science and practice of the planning, supply, production and management of housing in its micro and macro environment are seen as avenues for incorporating and operationalizing the SDGs.

The objective of the book is to interrogate the connections between housing and the SDGs, by engaging stakeholders in the epistemological, practical, theoretical and methodological issues associated with housing as a platform for achieving the SDGs in Africa. We therefore call for chapter proposals that explore the interconnections, interactions and linkages between the SDGs and Housing through original research, practice experience, case studies, desk based research and other knowledge media. Although this project addresses Housing and the SDGs in Africa, contributions are welcome from across the globe, especially those that have the potentials for offering best practices, policy transfer and knowledge sharing for stakeholders in Africa.


Chapter proposals are welcome from researchers, policy actors, civil society agencies and other stakeholders. While integrated and multidisciplinary approaches are strongly encouraged, they must be presented in a clear manner that is accessible to a general audience. The chapter must be an original work that is not under consideration for any other publication.

We welcome chapter proposals (300-500 words) on relevant themes. A limit of 6000 words including references is proposed for each accepted chapter. All manuscripts submissions are be subjected to double blind peer-review.


Guiding thematic areas include, but are not limited to:

  1. Housing, entrepreneurship and the household economy (Goals 1, No Poverty; 2, Zero Hunger and 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth)
  2. Housing and well-being (Goals 3,Good health and Well-Being)
  3. Housing and Access to Social Services (Goals 4, Quality Education; 6, Clean Water and Sanitation)
  4. Housing Production Systems and Infrastructure (Goals 9, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; 12, Responsible Consumption and Production)
  5. The Right to Housing (Goals 5, Gender Equality; 10 Reducing Inequalities)
  6. Affordable and Sustainable Energy for Human settlements (Goal 7)
  7. Neighborhood safety, resilience, sustainability and inclusion (Goal 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities)
  8. Community Adaptation and Mitigation for Climate Change (Goal 13)
  9. Human Settlements and sustainable use of ocean and marine resources (Goals 14, Life below Water; 15, Life on Land)
  10. Housing Laws, Institutions and Governance (Goal 16, peace, justice and strong institutions).
  11. Co-Production in the Housing value chain; Housing cooperatives and collaborative solutions (Goal 17, Partnership for the goals)


  • 30th March, 2019: Proposal submission
  • 8th April, 2019: Notification of acceptance of proposal
  • 6th August, 2019: Submission of first full chapter drafts
  • 30th September, 2019: Peer review decision/Manuscript returned for revision
  • 31st October, 2019: Submission of final revised draft submission
  • 30th November, 2019: Public Presentation


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