The Team Lead of Lagos Urban Studies Group and Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Lagos, Dr. Peter Elias is set to represent UNILAG as a co-investigator on a project which has been awarded a grant of one million, six hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($1,650,000:00) by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The research grant is for a project titled “Participatory Data Modelling” by IDEAMAPS Network. The project is to co-design and develop data-modelling ecosystem to produce area maps routinely and accurately at scale across cities in lower-middle-income countries (LMIC) to support multiple local stakeholders in their decision-making.
The project which will span a thirty-six-month period, will be implemented in Lagos, Kano, and Nairobi. It is to be completed in 2025.
The IDEAMAPS Network involves a multidisciplinary and international consortium with partners at UNILAG, Nigeria; African Population and Health Research Centre, Kenya; University of Twente/ITC Faculty, Netherlands; George Washington University, United States of America; University of York and University of Glasgow, United Kingdom.
Dr. Elias coordinates the IDEAMAPS Network in West Africa.