Dr. Taibat Lawanson is Professor of Urban Management and Governance at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, where she leads the Pro-Poor Development Research Cluster and serves as Co-Director at the Centre for Housing and Sustainable Development. She holds a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria. Her research focuses on the interface of social complexities, urban realities, and the pursuit of spatial justice in Africa. She is well known for her inter-sectoral work which engages students, policymakers, local communities and civil society actors and has published over 75 articles in academic and popular platforms. Taibat serves on the international advisory committee of the United Nations Human Settlements (UN-Habitat)’s flagship ‘State of the World’s Cities’ report. She is also a member of the editorial and advisory committees of leading urban studies journals such as Urban Studies, Urban Forum, and International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. Taibat is a World Social Science Fellow from the International Social Science Council (ISSC), a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, an alumna of the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Centre, and is on the board of directors of the Lagos Studies Association.