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