This report acts as a ‘baseline’ for the Urban Change Processes theme of
the Urbanisation Research Nigeria (URN) programme – and thus as a
foundation for later, targeted and more detailed research in the years
2015 to 2017.
The report analyses urbanisation and urban expansion in Nigeria. In
portraying the dynamics and drivers of urban population growth and the
spatial expansion process, it presents an integrated analysis
- An overview of the spatial-demographic dynamics of Nigeria’s urban
transition. While the information available is at times problematic
and ambiguous, by combining and summarising data from multiple
sources, credible facts are identified on the dynamics of the urban
transition. The analysis points to an expected persistence in rapid
urbanisation, urban population growth and urban expansion.
- An understanding of the dynamics of spatial expansion and the physical
configuration – or urban structure – of Nigerian cities. As the
country’s cities have expanded in terms of land cover, their physical
organisation has been transformed. Through a historical overview of
the evolution of urban structures and the linkages with demographic
changes, spatial patterns characteristic of contemporary Nigerian
urbanism are identified.
- An understanding of how existing public policy addresses emerging
issues and challenges. It is intended that the findings and
conclusions established in this report could advance the development
of strategic spatial planning in Nigeria. Subsequent research projects
within the URN programme will expand on the existing knowledge base to
further support this intention.
Bloch, R.; Fox, S.; Monroy, J.; Ojo, A. Urbanisation and urban expansion in Nigeria. Urbanisation Research Nigeria (URN) Research Report. ICF International, London, UK (2015) ii + 67 pp.
Urbanisation and urban expansion in Nigeria. Urbanisation Research Nigeria (URN) Research Report.