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By on March 8, 2017

Bayero University Kano


Name of Department

Department of Urban and Regional Planning


Bayero University Kano, New campus, Gwarzo Road Kano
PMB 3011 Kano, Nigeria


Official Focal Point
Aliyu Salisu Barau asbarau.urp@buk.edu.ng

Alternate Focal Point
Abubakar Sodangi absodangi.urp@buk.edu.ng

Authority approving the partnership
Dr Aliyu Salisu Barau, Head of Department



The Department of Urban and Regional Planning (established in 2014) is one of the youngest Departments of Urban and Regional Planning in Africa South of the Sahara. We are situated at the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences of Bayero University Kano (BUK). The new Department developed out of the BUK’s Department of Geography (established in 1973). This Department has emerged with a mission and vision to respond to the emerging challenges and opportunities of the New Urban Age and the New Urban Agenda.

The Department is located in Kano, Northern Nigeria’s largest city and one of the oldest precolonial cities in Africa. BUK’s URP department embraces innovation in teaching and research and is open to bridging gaps between society, science, development and policy. We also open our hands to knowledge co-creation and co-production through multi-, inter, cross and trans-disciplinary approaches with all kinds of stakeholders.

Areas of Expertise related to UN-Habitat
  • Youth
  • Water
  • Social Inclusion
  • Slum Upgrading
  • Sanitation
  • Safety
  • Resilience
  • Planning and Design
  • Mobility
  • Legislation
  • Land
  • Information and Monitoring
  • Housing
  • Governance
  • Gender
  • Environment
  • Energy
  • Economy
  • Climate Change
  • Capacity Development
Suggested Collaboration Opportunities

Our Department of Urban and Regional Planning is interested in working with UN-Habitat for studies and projects that focus on fostering climate change resilience in traditional African cities, involvement of millennials (21st century children and youth) in sustainable urbanization, conservation of urban heritage, fostering urban green entrepreneurship. We also look forward to working with UN-Habitat in the area of urban security and counter-terrorism.

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