ABOUT THE CENTRE

The Centre for Spatial Information Science (CSIS) was established in 2012 in response to local and national needs for the promotion of sustainable urbanisation. Cities in Nigeria generally are growing very rapidly and in informal and unsustainable ways. The outcomes of Urban Planning have also not been satisfactory towards curtailing the process, just as timely and reliable data on urban growth dynamics is lacking and outside official statistics to support policy making.

In addition, little research exists on how current trends will shape future outcomes. The Centre therefore works to support policy making towards sustainable urbanisation by advancing cutting edge research, advocacy and effective interventions; and by providing appropriate, relevant and timely data and planning expertise and training that helps various stakeholders confront economic, social and environmental uncertainties associated with rapid urbanisation.

The Centre is affiliated with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in the Faculty of Environmental Design, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria and has networks of collaborations with researchers and institutions within and outside Nigeria.

Welcome To CSIS

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MISSION

To be a "forerruner in research on sustainable urbanization from a multidiscipline base, and drawing on cutting edge methods of geo-spatial applications".

  • To undertake crosscutting research on the dynamics and challenges of urbanization Nigeria.
  • To support policy making on sustainable urbanization by providing up to date and relevant data, and through capacity building for various stakeholders.
  • To apply cutting edge technologies and methods in the modeling and visualization of urbanization processes and outcomes.

MANDATES OF CSIS

  • Focuses on multidisciplinary research on the processes of urbnaisation in Nigeria and the explanations. Current understanding of African urbanism has received more interest from researchers outside Africa often providing generalized deductions that mask specific and important realities. The primary focus of research at the Centre therefore is to deepen knowledge of African urbanisation represented by informality through the study of the urbanisation process in Africans most populous nation. Working from a multidisciplinary base, the centre draws researchers from within and outside Nigeria to realize these objectives. Currently, there is special focus on the research in Nigeria urbanisation study: Beyond numbers beginning in 2015 on four thematic areas:
Spatial dynamics of urban growth in Nigeria (1960-2014). 
Social networks, change processes and social outcomes of urbanisation in Nigeria.
Livelihood, enterprise and entrepreneurship in informal settlements.
Governing informal urbanisation.

    Research

  • Spatial simulation models are abstract and simplified representation of real life often used as laboratories for investigating outcomes of various scenarios. Through the deployment of enhanced information technologies, the Centre works to encode, sort, describe, manipulate and project various urbanisation scenarios and outcomes towards guiding planning decisions for sustainable development. The design and utilization of task specific mathematical and computer programmes and techniques are used to support research on urban forms and functionality, communication, including problem solving applications. The work of the Centre also enables creation of on-line interactive map galleries and data animations to help in the understanding, analysis and explanation of the distribution of human and spatial phenomena. Spatial modeling and visualisation has become important in real life as huge volumes of data have suddenly become available and unmanageable.

    Spatial Modelling and Visualization

  • The Centre seeks to build the capacity of local communities to become active participants in the planning and management of cities both as providers and users of information. Through democratization of urban geo-spatial information, focus is placed on developing tools to empower communities with basic skills to identify, generate, share, analyse and use information that could help them improve their localities. The primary interest is on:
Participatory Geographic information system citizens as sensors.
Use of open-source Geo-spatial software and location Apps.
Activities of the Centre also extend to capacity building for various stakeholders (public institutions, private sector, NGOs', etc) in urban planning and management through short courses and programmes, workshops and conferences etc, in addition to coordinating the publication and dissemination of research outputs.

    Community Support and Capacity Building

  • Efficient urbanization today depends not only on the city's endowment of hard infrastructure, but also and increasingly on the quality of knowledge communication and social infrastructure available. It is against this background that the concept of smart cities has become as a strategic device to encompass modern urban production factors into a common framework using ICT to enhance efficient delivery of services and development of the city. The smart cities programme of the Centre seeks to promote the application of ICT and smart applications that help improve the governance and management of cities towards efficient, productive and sustainable growth. The smart cities programme has particular interest on:
Development of mobile applications that help urban managers address urbanisation challengtes,
Building understanding on the use and impact of ICT on the way cities function and the opportunities it creates for urban planning and management.

    Smart Cities Programme

  • By collecting and analyzing extensive data generated daily from imageries, digital processes and social media, the Centre hopes to share information to various users and also provide the big picture for decision makers. By applying analytics on big data, the Centre also hopes to provide a more vivid picture of the city and the forces that shape it. Lack of adequate and reliable data on Nigerian cities means that decisions are often made based on instinct, which big data and analytics can correct.

    Urban Informatics and Big Data

  • By collecting and analyzing extensive data generated daily from imageries, digital processes and social media, the Centre hopes to share information to various users and also provide the big picture for decision makers. By applying analytics on big data, the Centre also hopes to provide a more vivid picture of the city and the forces that shape it. Lack of adequate and reliable data on Nigerian cities means that decisions are often made based on instinct, which big data and analytics can correct.

    Capacity Building