Oluwole Soyinka

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The Lagos born Tpl. Oluwole, has a strong background in urban and regional planning with Masters of Science degree (Distinction), Bachelor of Science (First Class Honors) from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and Ordinary National Diploma in urban and regional planning (Distinction) from Osun State College of Technology, Esa-Oke, Osun state Nigeria. He holds several awards at different areas of his career pursuits, starting from the best graduating student, the first First Class Honors student; to the best graduate student and the outstanding master’s students among other awards. Oluwole, is a Registered Town Planner (TOPREC), a Member of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planning (MNITP) and a Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (MNIM). Oluwole, has built a career in planning practice with different planning projects, teaching and research over the years. He has teaching and research experience with the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He has passion for sustainable development, urban public space, urban informality planning and infrastructure. He has several international peer review journals, book chapters and several unpublished academic award projects and dissertation with many other papers under peer review from his area of interest. Oluwole seeks to elucidate on the hypothesis that the functional design, planning and integration of urban informal areas with infrastructure can help achieve sustainable development. Comparing Hong Kong, China with Lagos Metropolis, Nigeria, Oluwole is funded by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council Ph.D Fellowship to carry out a Ph.D. study in Urban Environmental Design at the School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, with the view to simulate the findings of this research in Nigeria and other developing African Countries.

Research Title
Urban Informality and Pro-Poor Infrastructure Planning: A Comparative Study of Hong Kong and Lagos Metropolis

Supervisor
Prof. Kin Wai Michael SIU (Chief Supervisor)

About the Research
The issue of sustainability, informality and infrastructure planning is a global phenomenon that has different phases in different countries at different time. Considering its challenges all over the world, it is pertinent to approach these challenge with recent and different kinds of approach.

Consequently, the need to research into the research topic “Comparative Analysis of Infrastructure Design in Informal Settlement of Hong Kong, China and Lagos Metropolis, Nigeria” is identified necessary has a different approach in different era of the study of infrastructure and informality. The aim of the research is to investigate the situation of infrastructure in selected informal settlement and the influence of infrastructure design and planning on informality with the view to achieve sustainable development in a comparative study. The objectives of the study are to (1) identify the informal areas within the Lagos Metropolis and Hong Kong using significant criteria, (2) assess the nature and characteristics of the informal settlement within the Lagos Metropolis and Hong Kong; (3) assess the socio-economic characteristic of resident’s in the study areas; (4) identify the nature and characteristics of the infrastructures available in the study areas, and (5) establish the relationship that exist between infrastructure and informal settlements. Considering these objectives, the analysis of infrastructure planning on informal settlement will be derived with the view to achieve sustainable infrastructure planning and development.

Case study design with comparative approach method, multi-stage sampling approach will be adopted; while the theories, concepts and the measuring factors of informal settlements and infrastructure planning will be adopted in a comparative structure. The study tends to critically research into Hong Kong experience in the area of informal settlement, infrastructure planning in relation to the challenges faced and compared to the case of Lagos Nigeria. The findings and recommendations of this research will gear towards fighting informality and inadequate infrastructure through the analysis of infrastructure planning in informal settlement, upgrading and development in Nigeria and at a global view. The recommendation for China will gear towards building on the existing success and sustain the achieved infrastructure planning in informal settlement and to improve on it, because it can always get better.

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