Who we are

SECRETARIAT 

Timothy Gbenga Nubi: FOUNDING DIRECTOR

Timothy Gbenga Nubi is a Housing finance and Urban Regeneration expert. His work focuses on finding a lasting solution to housing and urban development/management problems.  He holds a PhD in Construction Management from the University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos. He is the Founding Director, University of Lagos Centre for Housing and Sustainable Development - The Centre which was sponsored by African Development Bank as a facility commissioned to deliver a wide range of capacity building courses and academic research in the field of housing and real estate development and management. Under his directorship, the Centre recently won the rights to host a Centre of excellence in urbanization and habitable cities under the funding of African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) which 200,000 dollars annually for five years. He is the current Chairman, Housing Committee University of Lagos and the Director of Foundation Studies. He has authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles and supervised over 40 postgraduate level theses. He was one of the two Africans that joined other emerging global leaders from 24 countries across the globe for 2004 Eisenhower Fellowship Exchange Program in Philadelphia USA. He is a prolific speaker, writer and believer in the sustainable city. He played a major role in the formation and development of Real Estate Development Association of Nigeria (REDAN) where he served as an executive member (South West Coordinator) from 2002-2011. He is currently a member of REDAN Board of Trustees. He served in the Advisory Council of Habitat for Humanity, Nigeria and First World Communities Ltd. He has over 29 years of experience conducted researches on various ramifications of housing finance and urban regeneration in Nigeria and West Africa. He is currently leading research into the dynamics of the Lagos Housing Market, preparatory to the preparation of the Lagos Housing Master plan. His wealth of experience in engaging with the government, communities, NGOs and Private Sector Organizations in Nigeria, UK, US and Netherlands has led to well established policy documents and implementation of key projects in housing and urban regeneration in Nigeria.

Taibat Lawanson: DIRECTOR

Taibat Lawanson is an urban planning and development specialist with interests in urban informality, environmental justice and pro-poor development. Her work focuses on strengthening formal - informal linkages for urban service delivery in African urban contexts.  She holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria. She is currently an associate professor of urban planning, and teaches courses relating to informality, municipal development and urban management. She also leads the Pro-Poor Development Research cluster at the University of Lagos, and has authored 50 peer-reviewed articles and supervised 30 graduate level theses.

She has won the Faculty Best researcher (Environmental Sciences) award at the University of Lagos five times. She is a pioneer World Social Science Fellow of the International Social Science Council, 2016 Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Centre fellow, and 2017 DAAD visiting professor at the Habitat Unit, Technical University, Berlin-Germany. She is a member of the board of Directors of the Lagos Studies Association, as well as the international Editorial advisory board of the Area Development and Policy Journal. She is a registered town planner and a United Nations Policy Expert on Urban Governance, Institutional and Capacity Development.

Basirat Oyalowo: CO-ORDINATOR

Dr Oyalowo is a specialist in housing research and real estate sustainability. In addition to lecturing in the Department of Estate Management, she is also co-ordinator of the University of Lagos Centre for Housing and Sustainable Development. She holds a B.Sc in Estate Management from the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria, M.A in Housing policy and management from the Northumbria University at Newcastle, UK and a Phd from the University of Lagos. Basirat was the winner of keenly contested UK’s Chartered Institute of Housing North East best full-time student Award in 2006. She has contributed and implemented aspects of two chapters (Housing and Human Capital Development) of the Ogun State's 25 year Regional Development Plan, being the Technical consultant for the Regional Plan Office, Office of the Governor, Ogun State, Nigeria. Before this, she interned in (then) English Partnerships, UK supporting the regeneration of two communities in NE England.  In her current role, Basirat anchored processes that led to a grant award for the establishment of a centre of excellence in housing and sustainable development under the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) platform; which has led to the creation of eight research clusters at the University. Her recent housing research activities include her PhD study on co-operative societies and housing supply in Lagos, Nigeria; which is now being incorporated into the housing finance framework in Nigeria. She has also carried out comparative studies on Africa’s housing sector and studies in slum communities and regeneration. Her research activities in real estate sustainability has been based on exploring the depth of understanding, barriers and drivers of sustainability amongst market players, valuation of sustainable real estate and sustainable land policies. She wishes to expand her scope to comparative studies on housing and sustainability in Africa and seeks partnerships to promote and execute trans-disciplinary research activities in these areas.

Adeniyi Oluwatoyin: SECRETARY

Mrs Adeniyi is the Centre’s Secretary.  She holds a Bachelor Degree with Honours in Economics from Madonna University, Okija, Anambra State and a Masters in Economics from the University of Lagos, Akoka Lagos. She provides administrative support to the different activities of the Centre and to a number of research projects that has been carried out by the Centre. She also provides secretariat support for the day to day running of the Centre. She has core competences in budget preparation for research projects and events. In addition, she is responsible for office management, Centre’s financial management and the Centre’s facility management. She is strongly motivated when faced with achieving impressive results; she has a ‘can do’ attitude. She is endowed with strong leadership and team development skills, interpersonal and analytical skills.

Daniel Iwerima

Daniel is currently the IT Consultant at the Centre. He updates the website, manages the Social Media platforms and assists in carrying out research activities for the Centre. He holds a B.SC (Hons) in Estate Management from the University of Lagos, Akoka. He completed a six months internship programme with Joe Akhigbe & Associates, a real estate firm where he participated in the valuation of several properties, helped clients dispose and source for properties, preserve the useful life of Client’s property and managed construction projects from inception. He is skilled in Skilled in Digital Marketing, Graphics Design, Research, Computer Programming, Video Editing and Motion graphics.

Mofelola Olayanju

Mofelola is serving as a Research Assistant at the Centre. He graduated from the department of Building, University of Lagos. He has interned in the construction industry with Elalan Construction Company, Dayola Property Development Company and the Fixers-Niche Nigeria limited.

AFRICAN RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES ALLIANCE (ARUA) TEAM LEADERS

Timothy Gbenga Nubi: RESEARCH LEADER, Sustainable Housing Urban Regeneration and Infrastructure

Housing, Urban Regeneration and Urban Sustainability Expert: He is the founder and Director of the University of Lagos Centre for Housing and Sustainable Development. He is a prolific speaker, writer and believer in the sustainable city, has led research on the various ramifications of housing finance and urban regeneration in Nigeria and West Africa and has been published in such high Impact Factor Journals as Environment and Urbanization, and Housing Finance International (the journal for the global union of housing finance) as well as International Journal of Law and Management. Currently managing the redevelopment of 60hectares slum community housing over 2,000 households in Lagos, Nigeria with funding provided by Lagos Building and Investment Company. Leading researcher into the dynamics of the Lagos Housing Market, preparatory to the preparation of the Lagos Housing Masterplan. His wealth of experience in engaging with the government, communities, NGOs and Private Sector Organizations in Nigeria, UK, US and Netherlands has led to well established policy documents and implementation of key projects in housing and urban regeneration in Nigeria.

Adeleke Obafemi Oduwaye: RESEARCH LEADER, African Urbanization Dynamics

Director, Lagos Urban Research Network, Professor Oduwaye has managed over seven grants in the last seven years, in addition to publication in several international research journals. He specializes in city/urban land use planning and administration and urbanization dynamics. He is an ardent grant manager, Professor Leke Oduwaye has researched extensively into pro-poor urban planning and governance with specific focus on the adoption of co-production processes and efficient spatial land use planning. This has resulted in publications in such highly reputable journals as the International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis Journal of Regional Development Studies and, the African Review of Economic and Finance and African Research Review.

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Modupe M. Omirin:  RESEARCH LEADER, Urban Land Use Planning and Administration

A Cambridge University scholar with specialization in Land management and administration and informal housing, Prof. Omirin has managed research grants from the RICS Foundation, England and the Lagos State Government; in addition to having published in several high impact journals internationally. Professor Omirin has laid the foundation for research for many graduate students and has produced several doctoral candidates through her thorough attention to details and purposeful mentorship. She has led research in city-wide facility management using incentivized strategies in the management of bio-degradable waste, the investment performance of informal properties in two African Countries and infrastructure provision and urban justice. She has managed grants in these areas as well. Her works have been published in such journals as the International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis and Journal of Sustainable Development. 

Adebamowo, Michael Adeloye: RESEARCH LEADER, Housing sustainability, urban regeneration and infrastructure

A dynamic Architect with compelling architectural design portfolio across private, public and pro-poor housing development, an expert in sustainable housing and the use of bio-mimicry technology in housing construction and management; Professor Adebamowo has a strong profile in research into thermal health and urban liveability in Africa. He has focused on climate change and its mitigating and adaptive measures in the tropics. He has published in the International Journal of Business and Public Administration, Open House International, Low Energy Architecture Research, Journal of Human Ecology with his research on the impact, mitigation and adaptation to climate challenge in Africa, reduction of heat loads in buildings, energy savings in housing amongst others. 

Nwokoro, Immaculata Ifunanya Chinnia: LEAD RESEARCHER, Urban Health

An urban heath specialist, Professor Nwokoro leads research in environmental health and Planning in low income communities and gender issues. She has been discussant and panelists at several urban planning fora and has been awarded study visitships on African Population and Health Centre in Nairobi; Kenya; as well as Department of Geography, Lancaster University, UK. She has several publications in high impact journals. She has carried out case-studies to evaluate the Millenium Development Goals in informal settlements in Lagos, has studied the adoption of green technologies in Lagos, and sought to create opportunities for the urban poor in their communities through her research; which has been published in such journals as Social Space Scientific Journal, The Ethiopian Journal of Environmental Studies and Management and AVANI Journal of Geography. 

Taibat Olaitan Lawanson: RESEARCH LEADER, Pro-poor Urban Governance and Management

An associate professor, she is United Nations policy expert on Governance, Institutional Capacity and Development. She has been co-researcher in over five research grants. She specializes in urban informality, poverty and sustainable livelihoods, environmental justice, governance and pro-poor development, environmental health and management and African urbanization dynamics. She also serves on the advisory boards of Area Development and Policy Journal of the Regional Studies Association, and the Lagos Studies Association (an international research group for multidisciplinary discourse on Lagos, Nigeria).  In addition, the centre enjoys the richness of the research outcomes of Taibat Lawanson, whose conviction in pro-poor urban governance has earned her repute as a research collaborator in the areas of informality, urban justice and urban sustainability. She has published in Journals such as the African Review of Economics and Finance, International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development and AVANI Journal of Geography. 

Previous works by researcher: Land governance and megacity projects in Lagos, Nigeria: the case of Lekki Free Trade Zone.

RESOURCE PERSONS

Barrister Adeoye: Real Estate Development, Affordable Housing Provision, Land Acquisition and Financing

He holds LL.B (Hons) and LL.M degrees in Law from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria; attended The Nigerian Law School, Victoria Island, and Lagos and was called to the Nigerian Bar and enrolled as a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1993He is the National Vice President of The Real Estate Development Association of Nigeria (REDAN), Principal Partner of Wisdom Chambers (Solicitors and Advocates of the Supreme Court of Nigeria) and Chairman, Wisdom Property Limited. Barrister Akintoye has over 17 years of cognate working experience in both legal and real estate practice and as participated in several high net-worth real estates projects in Nigeria. 

Basheer Oshodi: Real Estate Finance, Banking & Real Estate and Management Consultancy

Basheer holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Estate Management and General Management respectively from the University of Lagos. He has a PGD from the Institute of Islamic Banking & Insurance (IIBI), London and he is an Associate Fellow of the institution. MPhil Economics from the University of Buckingham, UK; and a PhD in Management of Innovation & Technology from DaVinci Institute for Technology Management, Modderfontein, South Africa in conjunction with Trans4m Center for Integral Development, Geneva. He is the Group Head, Non-Interest Banking, drives the alternative finance (Islamic banking) franchise in Sterling Bank as well as a Senior Research Fellow at Trans4m. He conducted statistical research/survey and made a recommendation to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on the cashless policy which started with Lagos State in 2012 under EFInA (DFID Programme). He is presently conducting research with the Lagos State Government on urban regeneration programme in Lagos Island.

Saibu Olufemi Muibi: Taxation, Public & Coporate Finance and Development Economics, Urban and Real Estate Economics

He studied at Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife where he got his Bachelor of Science (with Education). He got his Master of Science and Ph.D. in Economics from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He has worked on projects like Power and Inclusive Green Growth Strategy in Nigeria under the on-going Africa Adaptation Programme, a Sponsored by  UNDP & Federal Ministry of Environment Abuja, Nigeria), Profit Motive in Water Provision in Nigeria sponsored by Initiatives for Public Policy Analysis, Concept Development and Training Manual Writing: Community Participatory Budgeting in Selected Local government areas of Osun State conducted by Centre for Gender and Social Studies 2005, and Economic Viability and financial feasibility Studies of the Ogoja-Ikom Cameroun International Road Construction Contract by AIM consultant Sponsored by Federal Government of Nigeria to mention a few. 

Anyakora Ifeanyi Mike: Housing and Urban Environment (Home Ownership), Research methodology, Survey Designs and Data Analysis

He studied at the University of Lagos where he got his Bachelor of Science (Estate Management), Masters of Science in Construction Management and Ph.D in Estatemanagment (Home Ownership Specialty). He has worked on projects like Plastic Manudacturers Survey Team, Sustainable Management of Biodegradable Waste research commissioned by the Lagos State Research and Development Council in 2015 where he was the team leader faced with the task of providing a framework for stakeholders' participation in non-biodegradable urban wastes managment in Lagos State. He has also designed a template for home ownership attainment by formal sector workers applicable in urban areas.

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