Call for Applications Critical Thinking and Writing for Urban Studies Researchers in Nigeria

The Urban Studies and Planning Department, University of Sheffield and the Centre for Housing and
Sustainable development, University of Lagos invites applications from Nigerian researchers with
research interests related to urban studies, based at a Nigerian university or research institution. The
writing workshops are funded through the British Academy Writing Workshops 2020, and will be held
at the University of Lagos in May 2020 and October 2020 respectively.
The workshops are designed to support early- and mid-career urban researchers to develop critical
thinking and writing skills and ultimately develop a scholarly article for publication in a high impact journal.
Furthermore, participants at the workshop will have the opportunity to become part of an emerging
cohort of critical urban researchers in Nigeria and develop international networks with academics,
editors and funding bodies. The resulting publications will work to enrich scholarship in African Urban
Studies, bringing important empirical and theoretical contributions into global knowledge circulations.
Over two multi-day workshops, up to 12 Nigerian urban researchers will receive training and
mentorship from leading academics and journal editors in the field of urban studies regarding critical
thinking, writing, the publication process and funding. Participants will develop a new or existing article to
publishable standard with training and mentoring support that will extend beyond the workshops, up to

The workshop is organised by Dr Taibat Lawanson, Associate Professor of Urban Planning and co-
director of Centre for Housing and Sustainable Development, University of Lagos and Dr Lindsay

Sawyer, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Urban Studies and Planning, and Associate of the Urban
Institute, University of Sheffield.
Workshop Facilitators and Contributors:
Dr Tom Goodfellow (Urban Studies and Planning, University of Sheffield)
Dr Michele Lancione (Urban Institute, University of Sheffield)
Prof Ayodeju Olukoju (History, University of Lagos)
Prof Timothy Nubi (CHSD, University of Lagos)
Prof AbdouMaliq Simone (Urban Institute, University of Sheffield)
Emeritus Professor Mick Dunford (Geography, University of Sussex)
Ms Leanne Jones (Science Innovation and Technology team, Department for International Development)
Prof Vanessa Watson (African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town)
Journals Represented: African Affairs; Area Development and Policy; City; International Journal of Urban
and Regional Research; Radical Housing Journal; Urban Studies.

Participation in the workshops involves attendance at two multi-day workshops in Lagos and a
commitment to developing a high quality journal article following the workshops. The date of the first
workshop is 11-14 May 2020. The second workshop will be four days in October 2020, dates to be
Costs related to the workshops including travel to Lagos, accommodation, breakfast and lunch, and
transport will be covered by the British Academy Writing Workshop 2020 funding.
The workshop is funded by the British Academy with support from: Centre for Housing and Sustainable
Development, University of Lagos; The University of Sheffield; and The Leverhulme Trust.
To be considered for this workshop applicants need to be:

  1. Research and academic staff working across disciplines on issues related to urbanisation and the
    urban context broadly defined; and should have received a PhD no more than ten years ago.
  2. Employed as a lecturer or researcher at an institution of higher education or research institution
    in Nigeria.
  3. Preference given to those with a clear research agenda, and evidence of publication.
  4. Must commit to full attendance across all of the days of the two workshops in May and
    September/ October.
  5. Once accepted, participants will be required to provide a letter of support from their institution.
    Women are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application Process:
To apply please fill in the following online form: The deadline for all applications is 8th March 2020,
11.59pm GMT.
Application form:
Once shortlisted, participants will be required to provide a letter of support from their institution and
confirm their availability in full for both workshops as a pre-condition of their participation in the
workshops. Participants must develop a working draft of an article in advance of the second workshop,
and commit to developing it to publishable standard following the workshops; participants will receive
ongoing mentoring support to achieve this.
For further information please email

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