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Land Administration and Spatial Data Infrastructure for Disaster Management and Resilience Research Group

 

Faculty: Environmental Sciences

Background

This research group is established as a component of sustainable cities research cluster, domiciled in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Lagos. It focuses on conducting multi-disciplinary research and training on Land administration and spatial data infrastructure for disaster management and public safety in Nigeria. The research group focuses on themes associated with preparing for, responding to, recovering from, and mitigating against incidents across hazards spectrum of emergency/disaster management. This is an important objective in the light of major disasters in Nigeria which have had significant impact on the population.

 

This research group aims to facilitate and enable research collaborations, projects and engagement leading to an increased understanding of emergency, disaster, risk and resilience trends, challenges and solutions. One of the key objectives of the research program is to use a multi-disciplinary approach to create a knowledge base that can be used to support further research activity, training and education programs. As a requisite, however, there is a strong need for Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) that will but into use, authoritative, and fundamental to serve as the base for the   disaster management, public safety while allowing further derivation of thematic datasets. In this regard, a dedicated work package is required to effectively study and improve our understanding of how the fundamental datasets could be developed and managed.

 

Objectives:

The objective of this group is to use Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) to provide evidence-based research and policy to support, land administration, disaster management, public safety, environmental health, and human settlements resilience.

 

Research Areas/Focus:

The research group has identified, through preliminary consultations with key stakeholders, and based on the research experiences of group members, seven key research areas. These key interrelated areas reflect the research that is considered to be critical in leveraging Spatial Data Infrastructure to facilitate disaster management practice and policy. The identified research areas are as follows:

  1. Land Administration and Policy
  2. Understanding Disaster
  3. Enhanced decision making through SDI
  4. Technology
  5. Strengthening community resilience
  6. Mission critical communications
  7. GeoMedicine & Environmental Health

 

Land Administration and Policy

The task of planning for, and responding to, emergencies resulting from disasters is one of the most important, and challenging tasks any government and public safety official faces. Disasters can occur at any time with little or no warning and generally involve multiple and cascading issues which are best described as complex disasters.  For effective planning response, policy must be based on accurate information and sound evidence. Whilst there is an abundant number of reports, studies, reviews and discussion relating to disasters: flooding and auto accidents for instance, there is no centralised knowledge base to guide the development of comprehensive and effective disaster management policy. This work package seeks to develop a knowledge base that will promote the development of fundamental and authoritative datasets especially regarding the cadastre digital database for cities in Nigeria. It is anticipated that this will provide database for the inclusion of thematic datasets that will offer key resource in the development of effective disaster management in Nigeria.

Topic areas for research:

  • Planning and Land Administration
  • Urban Data Analytics
  • Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM)
  • Fit-for-Purpose Land Administration policy and implementation
  • Disaster Management Policy and Risk Management Strategy
  • Recovery and Long-Term Disaster Risk Reduction

Understanding Disasters

Natural and man-induced disasters cause immense losses in terms of human lives and the destruction of both property and livelihoods, especially in Nigerian major cities. Similarly these cities have the least capacity to deal or cope with the corresponding emergency situations, given the combine impacts of population density and the lack of basic infrastructures poor physical planning and non-adherence to building code. The increasing influence of global warming and the potential to cause ocean level rise and the potential for more severe and frequent disasters, especially flooding, create an urgent need to develop new understandings and insights of disasters. This work package seeks to develop the base level data and knowledge which can drive the other six priority areas.

Topic areas for research:

  • Historic frequency and impact of natural disasters
  • Risk, hazard and vulnerability
  • Global warming and climate change adaptation
  • Building collapse
  • Humanitarianism
  • People living on marginal land
  • Auto accident and fire
  • Terrorism

 

Enhanced Decision Making through SDI

A number of recent reviews of significant Nigerian disasters have shown that the various state and national emergency management arrangement tend to breakdown when confronted with significant events like building collapse, flooding and auto accidents. It appears that tactical level decision making in the field is grossly ineffective and decisions made at a strategic level have a mixed level of success. One of the key challenges confronting decision making at this strategic level is that public safety officials can be overwhelmed by the complexity of issues being presented to them during periods of high stress. This work package seeks to develop new understandings on how to manage and present information and data in a way which can facilitate more effective decision making (traffic management).

Topic areas for research:

  • Emergency Informatics
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Modelling and visualisation
  • Spatial Enablement
  • Spatial Data Infrastructure

Technology

New technologies are constantly being developed at a staggering rate and scientific breakthroughs are occurring on many fronts. Some of these technologies have changed the status quo of society and have transformed the way we live our lives. Public safety officials and policy makers need to understand these new technologies and how they can contribute to our understanding of emergencies and disasters including our ability to anticipate, prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from these types of events. This work package seeks to examine new and emerging technologies to identify what works, what doesn’t and what is promising when applied to disaster management.

 

Topic areas for research

  • Sensors application in physical objects and things
  • Internet of Things
  • Smart Cities
  • Networked Systems
  • Unmanned systems (UAV, UGV, UMV)
  • Big Data

 

Strengthening Community Resilience

The community, especially vulnerable members of the community, should be at the centre of effective disaster management policy and practice. A failure in either disaster management policy or practices will have a devastating impact on the lives of thousands and potentially hundreds of thousands of people in a given area. Whilst some major disasters will overwhelm the resources of some governments, at least in the early stages of response and recovery, effective community engagement at all stages of disaster management can help to reduce the impact of the event on that community and help to build community resilience. This work package seeks to examine how various communities can be effectively engaged and supported during all stages of disaster management. It also seeks to identify how communities can be empowered and included during the response to a disaster.

 

Topic areas for research:

 

  • Community Engagement and Resilience
  • Volunteered Geographic Information - VGI
  • Social Media
  • Gender Issues in Disaster Management
  • Vulnerable Persons
  • Environmental Impact Assessment

Mission Critical Communication

Effective communications is critical to the successful management of any disaster. Traditionally, mission critical communications for response agencies has been largely based on radio-voice communications. Technological advancements have changed this landscape and mission critical communications now involves the capture, storage, retrieval, transmission and use of the full range of multi-media formats and social media. Technological advancements and a range of portable devices are challenging traditional approaches to mission critical communications; however, there is no generally accepted theory or model of how public safety officials can best use or structure mission critical communications. This work package seeks to develop a new model to guide the development of mission critical communications infrastructure and procedures for the next decade.

 

Topic areas for research:

  • Spectrum, Coverage & Capacity
  • Mobile Broadband
  • Spectrum Efficiency
  • Standards and Systems
  • Mobile Devices and Smartphone Technology
  • Response Support Teams
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GeoMedicine Environmental Health

Biomedical geospatial epidemiology focus on geographic variations and the environmental contexts of health-related states and behaviours. Researchers investigating the etiology, treatment, and management of chronic diseases, especially those that are induced by environmental factors: poor hygiene, poverty, sensitive and marginal lands are increasing their use of spatial data due to the growing interest in the role of the environment in health-related behaviours and exposures linked to disease. In environmental epidemiology, multilevel modeling techniques can be used to examine relationships between particular health outcomes of interest and both individual-level and environmental-level explanatory characteristics. However, inferential outcomes from the use of these techniques do not address potential underlying spatial differences - e.g. an explanatory variable might be an important predictor of an outcome in certain regions but a weak predictor in other regions (spatial nonstationarity). Spatial geostatistical routines, many of which involve sophisticated methods can allow different relationships to exist at different points in space. Additionally, increased spatial datasets, technological capacity in geographic information systems (GIS) and sophistication in spatial processing have led to more robust spatial models and expanded interest in geoinformatics and health among researchers, policy makers and funders.

The collection, analysis, interpretation and visualization of spatially-referenced health outcomes data require the use of geostatistical protocols within GIS. When used optimally, GIS is a powerful information management tool for analysis and decision-making across the health outcomes research and patient care continuum. For research: GIS can help to facilitate the incorporation of individual- and group-level health data with environmental variables that are measured both in space and across time.

Topic areas for research:

  • Exposure assessment and environmental health risk analysis
  • Infectious and chronic disease surveillance and health data reporting
  • Healthcare assets allocation, management and monitoring
  • Epidemic and pandemic outbreak preparedness, control, and management
  • Global climate change and health issues (developing country perspectives)
  • Outcome-based health research through place-based processes
  • Air pollution and waste management issues

 

 

 

Team Members and their Speciality

 

Name

Speciality

Department

Telephone

Email

  1. Muyiwa AGUNBIADE

Land Administration, Spatial Data Infrastructure and Disaster Management

Urban and Regional Planning

+2348107313133

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  1. Oluwafemi OLAJIDE

Land governance, Sustainable Livelihoods and Resilience cities

Urban and Regional Planning

+2348181140234

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  1. Abiodun OLUYOMI

Environmental health, Socio-environmental determinants of health outcomes and Global climate change and health

 

Environmental Health Service (Medicine)

+2348107313133

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Oluyemi AKINDEJU

Urban Morphology and ICT Interplay,

Spatial Analysis and

Urban Complexity Modelling

Urban and Regional Planning

+2348068200534, +2349099983972

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Arc David ADIO-MOSES

Sustainable Intelligence Buildings, Lean Construction and Adaptive Architecture and smart cities

Architecture

+2348092050028

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Pictures of Team Members

Dr. Muyiwa AGUNBIADE

Dr. Oluwafemi OLAJIDE

 

 

Dr. Abiodun OLUYOMI

Oluyemi AKINDEJU

 

 

Arc David ADIO-MOSES

 

      

 

 


 

Description of Notable Research Findings/Outstanding Research Findings

  1. Integrated Data Infrastructure Network: Innovative Approach to Effective - Land Management, Valuation, and Urban Planning in Lagos (March 2016 – March 2017)

Research grant provided by TETFUND [CRC/TETFUND/No.2016/03].

Researcher, Dr. Muyiwa AGUNBIADE and Dr. Oluwafemi OLAJIDE

The research project aims to explore international good practices of Spatial Data Infrastructure and how this could be applied in the study area. It intends to identify the challenges of achieving this and develop contemporary innovative approaches to tackle the identified problems. It is anticipated that the research will benefit agencies dealing with: land surveying, Geo-spatial information, safety and disaster management, urban planning, transportation planning land valuation and taxation, civil and environmental engineering, and property management.  Also, the outcomes will enhance performance of a range of other disciplines dealing with land and spatial information specifically to awakening dead [hibernated] capital.

 

  1. Ogun State - Nigeria, Land Regularisation Project (Home Owner Charter)

Ogun State Ministry of Urban and Physical Planning

 

Researchers: Dr. Muyiwa AGUNBIADE and Mr. Hakeem Bishi

The project was based on the development and creation of an interactive database from the initial planning applications submitted to the State Government, using a computer productivity spreadsheet tool. The application was configured to extract master list, for each zone, from the comprehensive database provided to each team for use during field work. The main focus of the project was to develop a system that will encourage easy capture of coordinates for existing developments in the State without development approval, with the intension to regularise land ownership and normalise development permit. The project developed template for the field work which includes picture capture, site inspection, airspace/setback measurements and recording. It also deployed the use of an app (using Open Data Kit-ODK) for the actual data capture.

 

 

  1. The Limit of Land Regularisation as Poverty Alleviation Strategy in Informal Settlements: Empirical Evidence from Lagos, Nigeria

 

Researchers: Dr. Muyiwa AGUNBIADE and Dr. Oluwafemi OLAJIDE

The research contributes to the ongoing debate on the nexus between land titles and poverty alleviation in informal settlements. It demonstrates that land titling, on its own, will not necessarily leads to poverty alleviation, as the intended beneficiaries are largely not interested in the programme. In addition, empirical evidence from Lagos and some other developing regions of the world suggests that land tiling has not and may not achieve many of the benefits appropriated to it by its proponents. Where it seems to have achieved some of its benefits, it has largely not been to the advantage of the poor. This paper, therefore, concludes that the policymaker must exercise caution on the issue of land titling as a solution to the endemic poverty in informal settlements. They should also explore the option of land tenure continuum. It recommends that an effective poverty alleviation strategy must incorporate the range of assets required to build a sustainable livelihood. It must also take into considerations the complexity of vulnerabilities the urban poor encounter as they pursue their livelihoods objectives

 

Bio-Sketches and Selected Publications

 

Name: Muyiwa Agunbiade (Ph.D.)

Position: Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: B.Sc. (Ife), M.Sc. (Ibadan)  Ph.D. (Melbourne)

 

Biography

Muyiwa Agunbiade is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Lagos. He was offered Australian Postgraduate Awards (Industry) to complete his Ph.D. research degree, in 2013 at the Centre for Spatial Data and Land Administration, in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering, University of Melbourne, Australia.  He has a bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning obtained from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. During his time as an undergraduate, he received a number of departmental and faculty awards. He has Masters Degrees in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Urban and Regional Planning; both obtained at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. His experience reflects the interplay of teaching, research and consultancy works in Urban and Regional Planning as well as in the area of GIS applications to urban and regional issues. He participated in an extensive survey and the subsequent upgrading plans for the 42 blighted areas of Lagos State in the World Bank Assisted Community Infrastructure Upgrading Programme for Metropolitan Lagos in 1995. This has stimulated his research interest in the area of housing provision, security of tenure and slum management in the emerging urban centres especially the mega-cities.

 

He recently led a research team (Lagos case study) in a joint research project on Urban Governance and Turning African Cities Around, commissioned by Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) and supported by the DFID. The research focuses on three African cities – Lagos, Luanda and Johannesburg. He has a strong research affiliation with the Centre for Spatial Data and Land Administration, Department of Infrastructure Engineering, University of Melbourne, Australia.

 

Skill Summary:

  • Extensive experience in Geo-Spatial Information Management, as well as strategic and statutory Town Planning projects. Leveraging on a very good understanding of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) concept and the application of GIS software: ArcGIS and Map Info in urban planning and management.
  • Good knowledge of land and urban governance issues leveraging on the current initiatives such as STDM, and Fit-for-Purpose land administration system.
  • Highly-developed skills in developing Open Data Kit (ODK) applications, conducting surveys, researches and report writing.
  • Skilled user of drafting and graphic software: AutoCAD, Micrographix, Designer, Corel Draw.
  • Basic knowledge of architectural design and drafting.
  • Excellent research and analytical technique with high proficiency in statistical packages like EpiData and SPSS.
  • Excellent consultation, persuasion and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to manage time, prioritise work and meet schedule time limit.

His future research focuses on the role of land administration in supporting security of Tenure using Social Tenure Domain Model and the application of Fit for Purpose Land Administration Policy. In particular, how land administration can help people out of poverty through security of Tenure. Important in this consideration is the issue of land governance and urban policies to focus largely on decolonising land administration in Nigeria, in general and Lagos in particular.

 

Areas of Professional Expertise

  • Strategic Development Planning
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Spatial Data Infrastructure
  • Housing Affordability

Research Interests

  • Spatial Data Infrastructure and disaster Management,
  • Urban poverty and urban informality, Sustainable Livelihoods,
  • Security of Tenure,
  • Land governance and Urban Governance.

Grants/Fellowships/Awards

  • Research Fellow: Urban Analytics Data Infrastructure: LIEF Grant, August 2016 – June 2017 - Centre For Spatial Data Infrastructure and Land Administration, Department Of Infrastructure Engineering, University Of Melbourne.
  • Lead Researcher: Urban Governance and Turning African Cities Around: Lagos Case Study, commissioned by Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) (2015-2016). Research grant provided by DFID.
  • Lead Researcher: Integrated Data Infrastructure Network: Innovative Approach to Effective - Land Management, Valuation, and Urban Planning in Lagos (March 2016 – March 2017): Research grant provided by TETFUND [CRC/TETFUND/No.2016/03].
  • Assistant Team Leader: Housing Affordability and Land Administration Project (Australian Urban, Research, Infrastructure Network – AURIN) July 2012 to September 2013.
  • Research Associate: National Data Infrastructure to Manage Land Information in Australia ARC Grant, November 2009 – July 2012. Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructure and Land Administration, Department of Infrastructure Engineering, University of Melbourne.
  • Recipient: Australian Postgraduate Awards (Industry) 2010 – 2012.

Selected Publications

  • Agunbiade M.E. and Oluyomi A. O. (2016) Land administration integration framework for affordable housing production: The roles of Spatial Data Infrastructures, institutional processes, and policies. Accepted for oral presentation at the Geodesign Summit Europe 2016 Conference, Delft, The Netherlands, November 1-2, 2016.
  • Agunbiade, M.E., Rajabifard, A. and Bennett, R.M. (2014) Land administration for housing production: an approach for assessment. Land Use Policy, 38 (2014) pp. 366-377. 
  • Agunbiade, M.E., Rajabifard, A. and Bennett, R.M.(2014) Inter - agency land administration in Australia: what scope for integrating policies, processes and data infrastructures for housing production? Journal of Spatial Science, 59 (2014)1 pp. 121-136.
  • Agunbiade, M.E., Rajabifard, A. and Bennett, R.M.(2014) Land administration for housing production: analysis of need for interagency integration. In: Survey review, 46 (2014)334 pp. 66-75.
  • Agunbiade, M.E, Rajabifard, A., & Bennett, R. (2013). Modes of housing production in developing countries: the contemporary role of land, labour, and capital in Lagos, Nigeria. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 28(2), 363-379.
  • Agunbiade, M.E, Rajabifard, A., & Bennett, R. (2012). The dynamics of city growth and the impact on urban land policies in developing countries. International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development, 4(2), 146-165.
  • Agunbiade, M. E. and Olajide, O. A (2015). The Limit of Land Regularisation as Poverty Alleviation Strategy in Informal Settlements: Empirical Evidence from Lagos, Nigeria. Journal of Construction Project Management and Innovation, 5(1): 1045-1063.
  • Olajide, O. A and Agunbiade, M. E. (2014). The Reality of Lagos Megacity Urban Development Vision and Livelihoods of the Urban Poor. 3rd International Conference on Urban and Regional Planning (ICUPR 14), 13-15 October 2014, Lagos, 258-296.
  • Agbola, T and Agunbiade, M. E. (2007). Urbanization, Slum Development and Security of Tenure: The Challenges of Meeting Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 7 in Metropolitan Lagos, Nigeria. Paper Presented to the PRIPODE workshop on Urban Population, Development and Environment Dynamics in Developing Countries. Jointly organized by CICRED, PERN and CIESIN. With support from the APHRC, Nairobi. 11-13 June 2007. Nairobi, Kenya. http://www.ciesin.columbia.edu/repository/pern/papers/urban_pde_fm.pdf
  • Agunbiade, M. E., and Rajabifard, A (2013) Analysing inter-agency integration for land delivery in Nigeria: data, process and policy integration. Global Geospatial Conference 2013 UNECA Conference Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia November 4-8, 2013 http://www.gsdi.org/gsdiconf/gsdi14/papers/40.pdf
  • Agunbiade, E. (2006). Security of Tenure in Lagos Metropolis: A Spatial Analysis (M.Sc. Urban & Regional Planning Dissertation, University of Ibadan, Nigeria)

 

 

Name: Oluwafemi Olajide (Ph.D.)

Position: Lecturer

Qualifications: BSc, MSc (Lagos), PhD (Newcastle)

 

Biography

Oluwafemi Olajide experience cut across three sectors – the private, the public and the academia - which define who he is as a lecture, researcher and urban planner. He is a full-time lecture in the department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Lagos and a freelance consultant to Urban planning and development firms. He is a pragmatic researcher with a focus on urban development planning and urban sustainability. He completed his Ph.D. research degree, in 2015 at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University, United Kingdom. His thesis examined the complexity of factors which influence the livelihoods of the urban poor in informal settlements. In recent times, he adapted the Sustainable Livelihood Approach (SLA) to climate change and poverty related studies in informal settlements. Specifically, he adapted SLA to explore livelihood vulnerability of informal settlements dwellers to climate change-related hazards. He also adapted SLA to understand the complexities of factors, beyond tenure insecurity, which influence the livelihoods of the residents of informal settlements, and which often perpetually trap them in poverty. He recently completed a research project on Urban Governance and Turning African Cities Around, commissioned by Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR). 

He has experience in the preparation of strategic plans and he has been involved in the preparation of various strategic master plans and Environmental Impact Assessment Reports. He also has a good knowledge of statistical and design (2D and 3D) software commonly used in urban planning as well as basic knowledge of GIS.

 

He has successfully supervised, and he is currently supervising students on multidisciplinary areas of urban agriculture and urban land use planning, smart cities and urban planning, disaster management and urban development planning, and resilience cities and urban planning. He served as an external examiner at the University of the Free State, South Africa for a PhD thesis titled: Improving the Resilience of Informal Settlements in Mountainous Region of Africa: Comparative Case Studies in Qwa Qwa, South Africa and Konso in Southern Ethiopia.

His future research focuses on land governance for sustainable, resilient and inclusive development. Hi is particularly interested in how to develop a more inclusive land management framework for urban safety and prosperity.  

 

Areas of Professional Expertise

  • Strategic Development Planning
  • Environmental Impact Assessment

 

 

Research Interests

Urban poverty and urban informality, Sustainable Livelihoods, Security of Tenure, Land governance and Urban Governance.,

Smart and Resilience cities

 

Grants/Fellowships/Awards

  • 2015-2016 Research on Urban Governance and Turning African Cities Around: Lagos Case Study, commissioned by Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) (with Dr. Muyiwa Agunbiade).
  • Travel grant and stipend to participate in the international symposium titled: Metropolis Nonformal – Anticipation organised by UN-HABITAT in Munich, Germany, November 20 – 23, 2013.

Selected Publications

  • Olajide, O.A. and Lawanson, T (2014). Climate change and livelihood vulnerabilities of low-income coastal communities in Lagos, Nigeria, International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development, 6(1): 42-51.
  • Lawanson , T., Olajide O. and Nwokoro, I. (2014): Towards Achieving the Millennium Development Goals 1&7 in Lagos, Nigeria: A Time Line Study of Ajegunle Community (1998-2008). Journal of Sustainable Technology, 5 (2): 1-9
  • Olajide, O.A (2013). Poverty Alleviation in Lagos Urban Informal Settlements: A Sustainable Livelihood Approach. 49th ISOCARP International Planning Congress, Brisbane, Frontiers of Planning – Evolving or Declining Models of Practice, Brisbane Australia, October 2013, October 1-4 2013.
  • Oduwaye, Leke and Olajide, O.A. (2012): Incorporating informality into urban and regional planning education curriculum in Nigeria. SSB/TRP/MDM (60): 31-37
  • Olajide, O.A (2013). Poverty Alleviation in Lagos Urban Informal Settlements: A Sustainable Livelihood Approach. 49th ISOCARP International Planning Congress, Brisbane, Frontiers of Planning – Evolving or Declining Models of Practice, Brisbane Australia, October 1-4 2013.
  • Adejumo, O., Bishi, H.,and Olajide, O. (2011) Eco-City: An Alternative Concept for Sustainable Urban Renewal in Metropolitan Lagos (A Case Study of Ilaje-Bariga Slum), Presented at the 9th World Ecocity Summit, 22-26 August,2011, Montreal, Canada.
  • Olajide, O.A. (2010). Urban Poverty and Environmental Conditions in Informal Settlements of Ajegunle, Lagos Nigeria. 15th International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and Information Society, 18-20 May, Vienna, 827-836.
  • Leke Oduwaye and Olajide, O.A. (2010). Challenges Confronting Informal Land Use in Lagos, Nigeria. Lagos Journal of Environmental Studies, 7(1): 73-84.
  • Olajide O.A. (2010). Security of Tenure and Housing Conditions in Informal Settlement of Ijora-Oloye, Lagos. Urban and Regional Planning Review, 2(2): 51-60
  • Olajide, O.A. and Malik N.A. (2009). Urbanization and Incidence of Urban Heat Island: Implication for Climate Change and Global Warming. Journal of Environmental Studies and Policy Analysis, 1(1): 40 - 50


 

Name: Oluyemi Akindeju

Position: Lecturer

Qualifications: BSc, MSc (Lagos)

 

Biography

 With sound background tutelage in the intricacies of the urban planning discipline spanning 14 years, an acquaintance with professional planning practice for over 4 years and as an academic in the University of Lagos, Nigeria in the last 4 years, my horizon and spectrum of dissecting human settlement issues have been greatly enhanced and broadened. This has further engendered a more passionate quest for research and academics (especially as it relates to Urban Form).

 

As an advocate of 'Nature', 'Environmental Conservation' and 'Sustainable Resource Utilization', I motivate/inspire students through tutelage and examples to imbibe "planning with nature" and aspire to make positive impact in the society while understanding the importance and place of the “City” and its custodian the “Planner”. The quest to satisfy my curiosity on the dynamics of city development and principles guiding it, informed my career pursuit in the academics. Teaching, Researching and Community service as the sole job of an academia, provides me a veritable platform to Impart, Improve and Impact. This has afforded me the opportunity to partake in both private and public, state and national projects as well as attend several seminars, workshops and conferences.

With a bias for impact of innovation on city form, my research works have been centered on the interplay between Urban Morphology and ICT adoption. This has resulted in publications such as; ”Impacts of Adoption of E-Banking in Urban Environments, A Case Study of Victoria Island, Lagos“ and other ongoing research works in same purview.

Areas of Professional Expertise

  • Urban Form Analysis
  • Environmental Management

 

 

Research Interests

  • Urban Morphology And Information & Communications Technology Interplay
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Urban Complexity Modelling
  • ( City Lifecycle And Structure, Smart Cities And Urban Complexity Modelling)

 

Selected Publications

  • Agunloye O.O., Akindeju F. O., Olufemi O. E. and Nwokoro I. I. C.(2016) Road Traffic Operational Delay Along Lagos-Ikorodu Road, Lagos, Nigeria, 5TH International Conference on Infrastructure Development in Africa, ICIDA – July 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa, 596-608
  • Akindeju F. O. (2014); The Implication of the adoption of ICT on the Fractal Dimension of Urban Systems of Lagos Megacity. Being paper presented at the 21st International Seminar on Urban Form (ISUF) 2014 at Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto (FEUP), 3rd-6th July 2014 Oporto, Portugal.
  • Nwokoro, I.I.C and Akindeju F. O. (2013);Impacts of Adoption of E-Banking in Urban Environments, A Case Study of Victoria Island, Lagos In S. Fadare et al. (eds.), Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Lagos’ Book of Reading; Emerging Issues in Urban Planning and Development, 2013 (Ch. 17).Pp. 369-395. Obafemi Awolowo University Press, Ile-Ife

 

Name: Abiodun (Abi) Oluyomi (Ph.D.)

Position: Assistant Professor

Qualifications: B.Sc. (Ife), MS (Iowa)  Ph.D. (Houston)

 

Biography

Abiodun Oluyomi, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He is an environmental health epidemiologist and geospatial scientist. His public health career cut across multiple fields, including: environmental sciences, spatial information sciences, community health, and epidemiology. His interest in understanding the intricacies of the inherent relationships between urban/community planning and population health led him to complete higher degrees in urban Planning studies and Public Health studies. This gave him the unconventional opportunity of initiating scholarship opportunities across several academic disciplines simultaneously; scholarship opportunities that emanate from, and simultaneously address the socio‐environmental determinants of various health outcomes. His career in public health involves conducting advanced research services in academia and providing consultancy services to governmental and non‐governmental entities. His expertise in geographical information systems (GIS), biomedical geospatial modeling and analytics and spatial epidemiology together affords me the opportunity to focus on geographic variations and the environmental contexts of health-related states and behaviors in many of his current projects. An issue that is of elevated priority to him is the understanding and exploiting of space and place (through research, design, and creativity) for improving population health outcomes and reducing healthcare cost. Consequently, his primary career focus is the use and application of environmental epidemiologic processes, particularly space‐ and place‐based processes, to examine, explain, and positively promote health outcomes and improve patient care. He has worked with teams of researchers across the US and internationally and shared responsibilities with other investigators on all research aspects. Abi holds a Ph.D. in environmental health sciences from The University of Texas Health Science Center, a master’s degree in environmental & occupational health sciences and a master’s degree in urban &  regional  planning,  both  from  the  University  of  Iowa,  and  a  Bachelor’s   in urban planning from the environmental design and management school at the Obafemi Awolowo University. Additionally, he was awarded a graduate certificate in Global Health Studies at the University of Iowa.

 

Skill Summary:

  • Apply theories, principles, methods and techniques to the preparation of procedural manuals  and development of analytical protocols for research projects, programs, and policy instruments in academic and governmental forums.

 

  • Utility of geospatial modeling and analytics procedure for biomedical research – engaging in rigorous and robust geospatial analysis of health-related and health outcomes data as well as the application of geospatial analysis to environmental health exposure and risk assessment research.
  • Abi holds a
  • Apply knowledge of program strategy, planning, administration and project management  (design, implementation, monitoring and/or evaluation) principles, theories, concepts, methods and techniques to various topics in the fields of environmental management, health, and spatial information sciences.
  • Develop reports, and prepared recommendations associated with contemporary issues in the fields of environmental management, public health, and spatial information sciences.
  • Lengthy experience in the communication of project findings and recommendations through various media – oral presentations, official reports, and scholarly articles.
  • Provide leadership that inspired, motivated, and guided others towards achieving results that met, or exceeded pre-set individual or organizational goals.

 

Areas of Professional Expertise

  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Spatial Epidemiology
  • Built Environment Research
  • Statistical Analysis

Research Interests

  • Environmental health issues (urban and peri-urban settings)
  • Socio-environmental determinants of health outcomes through place-based processes
  • Global climate change and health
  • Health disparities research

 

Grants/Fellowships/Awards

2013 – ongoing: Co-investigator on the following research projects:

  • Health Impact Assessments for the City of Austin Transportation Corridor Studies in Austin, Texas
  • The Home-Based Integrated Intervention Targeting Better Asthma Control (HIIT-BAC) for Houston Residents
  • Pathways Linking Neighbourhoods and Activity Behaviours in Diverse Populations in Houston, Texas
  • Geospatial Approaches to Cancer Control, Epidemiology and Population Sciences
  • Effects of light rail transit on physical activity: a natural experiment

 

2014: Michael and Susan Dell Center Recognition of Research Contributions: University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, TX.

2010: Finalist: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Alumni and Faculty Association Award in Population/Patient‐Oriented Research (Graduate Student).

2010: National Cancer Institute (NCI) Fellowship: Predoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Epidemiology. The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Houston TX

2009: Richard K Severs Scholarship in Environmental Sciences Studies. University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, TX

 

Selected Publications

  • Agunbiade M.E. and Oluyomi A.O. Land administration integration framework for affordable housing production: The roles of Spatial Data Infrastructures, institutional processes, and policies. Accepted for oral presentation at the Geodesign Summit Europe 2016 Conference, Delft, The Netherlands, November 1-2, 2016.
  • Durand C.P, Oluyomi A.O, Gabriel KP, Sener I, Hoelscher DM, Knell G, Tang X, Kohl III, BK. The Effect of Light Rail Transit on Physical Activity: Design and Methods of the Travel Related Activity in Neighborhoods (TRAIN) Study. Presented at the Moving Active Transportation to Higher Ground: Opportunities for Accelerating the Assessment of Health Impacts, Washington, D.C. April 13-14, 2015.
  • Durand C.P, Oluyomi A.O, Pettee Gabriel K, Salvo D, Sener IN, Hoelscher DM, Knell G, Tang X, Porter AK, Robertson MC, Kohl HW. The Effect of Light Rail Transit on Physical Activity: Design and Methods of the Travel-Related Activity in Neighborhoods Study. Frontiers in Public Health. 2016 June; 4(103).
  • Oluyomi A.O, Byars A, Byrd-Williams C, Sharma S, Durand C, Hoelscher D, Butte N, & Kelder S. A. The utility of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in systems-oriented obesity intervention projects: the selection of comparable study sites for a quasi-experimental intervention design--TX CORD. Child Obes. 2015 Feb;11(1):58-70. doi: 10.1089/chi.2014.0054. Epub 2015 Jan 14.
  • Oluyomi A.O, Durand C, Hashemi M, Vandewater E, Kelder S, Butte N, Hoelscher D. Relationship between school food environment and children's dietary behaviours: Building on the Texas CORD Project. Poster Presentation. International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2014 Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA. May, 2014.
  • Oluyomi A.O, Lee, C, Nehme, EK, Dowdy, D, Ory, M, Hoelscher, D. Parental safety concerns and active school commute: correlates across multiple domains in the home-to-school journey. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 11:32. doi:10.1186/1479-5868-11-32
  • Durand CP, Oluyomi A.O, Sener I, Knell G, Pettee Gabriel K, & Kohl III HW. Transport-related physical activity: definitions, status and research directions. Russian Journal of Preventive Medicine, Vol. 17, No. N1, 2014, pp. 55-60.
  • Oluyomi A.O, Bondy M, Whitehead L, Burau K, and Symanski E. Using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to create objective measures of the built environment: toward assessing built environment correlates of physical activity and obesity. Author/Presenter. The 9th International Conference on Urban Health. New York, NY. October, 2010
  • Oluyomi A.O. Spatial Look at the MD Anderson Mexican-American Cohort Study: Using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to assess neighborhood characteristics and walkability in Mexican-American neighborhoods of Harris County, TX. Poster Presentation. UT MD Anderson Cancer Center Trainee Research Day. Houston, Texas. May, 2010
  • Oluyomi A.O and Marquez SP. Water Supply, Health Education, and Trachoma Disease in Rural Gambia; Session on Infectious Diseases (Non-HIV). Author/Presenter. American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, PA. November, 2009

 

Name: David A. Adio-Moses

Position:  Lecturer

Qualifications: BES (B.Sc. Arch), B.Arch. (M.Sc. Arch.) UNILAG

 

Biography

David A. Adio-Moses is an Architect, Project Manager, Green Smart City Innovation Strategist and Lecturer at the Department of Architecture, University of Lagos, (UNILAG) Nigeria. He has his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Architecture from the University of Lagos. He is currently working on his Ph.D. (Architecture) with a focus on Green Architecture for prefabricated houses in Lagos. He has Prince 2 International Project Management Certification and Advanced Certificate in Project Management (UNILAG Consult). He is a member of the following professional Bodies: Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA), Architects Registration Council of Nigeria Member (ARCON), International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB), United States Green Buildings Council (USGBC), Cooperative Network of Building Researchers (CNBR), International Facility Management Association (IFMA), and Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM). He is the Secretary of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences Committee on University Linkages & Center of Excellence. He is the Secretary of Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG) Bariga Chapter. He is the former Public Relations Officer (P.R.O.) of the Lagos State Chapter, Nigerian Institute of Architects. He is the Departmental SIWES (Students Industrial Works Experience Scheme) Coordinator in charge of Industrial Training for 300 level students in Architectural Firms.

 

He is currently conducting research on the sustainability level of Eko Atlantic City based on the 10 point criteria for Green Architecture by the American Institute of Architects. He is also the lead researcher and designer of a mixed-use estate project consisting of 1600 Flats for University of Lagos Staff Members. This involves the application of Green Architecture to intelligent buildings to serve as a model for Smart Lagos Megacity initiative by the Lagos State Government. In June 2016, Lagos State Government signed an MOU with Dubai Government to develop Lagos into the first smart megacity in Africa. Smart City strategy addresses the last twelve United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Skill Summary:

  • Creation of ten point criteria for sustainable development of smart cities
  • In-depth expertise in strategic project management for innovative development of intelligent buildings
  • Excellent knowledge of AutoCAD and accurender softwares for design, 3D coloured renderings and animations
  • Quality experience in the use of green building materials for lean construction system of prefabricated housing
  • Highly-developed skills in Integrated Project Delivery
  • Good analytical and leadership ability

 

His future research focuses on integrating Green Architecture with Smart City Strategy to fulfill UN SDGs based on the two lists shown below:

 

 

SMART CITY SUSTAINABILITY CRITERIA CREATED BY DAVID ADIO-MOSES

  • Increase level of natural light enhancement through green energy
  • Enhance positive Environmental impact
  • Improve level of spatial flexibility and Architectural Design efficiency
  • Ensure Thermal comfort
  • Advance the level of efficient waste re-usage
  • Improve the air quality
  • Increase the level of water cycle conservation
  • Encourage feedback on affordability and cultural acceptability
  • Ensure appropriate technology for lean construction
  • Confirm high level of Durability

 

SMART CITY DEVELOPMENT PROCESS CREATED BY DAVID ADIO-MOSES

  • Smart, Green Energy Grid
  • Smart Citizens Including Government
  • Smart Information and Communication Technology
  • Smart Infrastructure to Support Strategic Economic Growth and Innovative Waste Management
  • Smart Educational System
  • Smart Security against Terrorism and Corruption
  • Smart, Green Architecture for Intelligent Buildings
  • Smart Healthcare
  • Smart Agricultural System Network
  • Smart Green Transportation Infrastructure

Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) is a collaborative alliance of people, systems, business structures and practices into a process that harnesses the talents and insights of all participants to optimize project results, increase value to the owner, reduce waste, and maximize efficiency through all phases of design, fabrication, and construction.

Lean Construction is a system of maximizing value, improving efficiency, enhancing quality, ensuring cost-effectiveness and reducing waste in a building project.

 

Areas of Professional Expertise

  • Green Architecture
  • Smart City Innovation Strategy
  • Project Management
  • Multimedia Authouring
  • Facility Management
  • Integrated Project Delivery

Research Interests

  • Sustainable Intelligence Buildings
  • Lean Construction
  • Eco-cultural Tourism
  • Adaptive Architecture
  • Defensible spaces
  • Sustainable Development Goals

 

Selected Publications

  • Adio-Moses D.A. (2016). A Review on Efficient use of Cement for Sustainable Prefabricated Housing in Lagos Metropolis. Paper presented at the 11th Annual University of Lagos Research Conference and Fair - Diversification in a Developing Economy: Promoting Academia-Industry Collaborations, Lagos., Nigeria.
  • Adio-Moses D.A. and Oladiran O.J. (2016). Smart City Strategy and Sustainable Development Goals for building construction framework in Lagos. Paper Presented at the 5th International Conference on Infrastructure Development in Africa - Infrastructure as a Driver for Economic Growth and Integration in African, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • T, Oyalowo.B, Faremi. J, John. I, Adio Moses. D, and Alabi. A (2016) Undergraduate Student Use of Social Media: Case study of Built Environment Disciplines at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. University of Mauritius Research Journal 22(2):260-279
  • Adio-Moses D.A. and Olumuyiwa S.A. (2016). Artificial Intelligence for Sustainable Development of Urban Buildings. Paper Presented at the 9th CIDB Postgraduate Conference – Emerging Trends in Construction Organizational Practices and Project Management Knowledge Area, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Adio-Moses D.A., Adebayo A.K. and Obiozo R.N (2014). Green Architecture with Prefab Systems for Sustainable Urban Design – Paper presented at the CIB (International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction) – Construction in Developing Countries and its Contribution to Sustainable Development, Lagos, Nigeria.
  • Adio-Moses D.A, Adebayo A.K. and Obi P.O. (2011). Using Hybrid Approach for Lean Construction of Urban Housing - Paper Presented at the International Conference on Innovations in Engineering and Technology, Lagos, Nigeria
  • Adio-Moses D.A, Okedele O.S. and Obi P.O. (2009). Computerized Synergy for Enhanced Efficiency of Professionals in the Building Industry - Paper delivered at the 5th University of Lagos Research Conference, Lagos, Nigeria.

 

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