S. Lwasa (Shuaib)

Full Professor

About Me

Shuaib is  Chair of spatial planning for urban resilience. Shuaib has over 2 decades experience in higher education and research while at Makerere University in Uganda. He is the founding coordinator of the Urban Action Research Lab investigating urban transitions and resilience in global south cities. His research focuses intractable urban development challenges for actionable, scalable, innovative, and equitable solutions related to climate change adaptation and resilience in global south cities. His research on informality in global south has contributed to evidence of co-produced knowledge for urban systems transition and transformation. He has published widely in international journals including Nature, Nature Sustainability, Nature Climate Change, World Development and Global Environmental Change. He was a Coordinating Lead Author of IPCC WGIII AR6 for the Urban Systems chapter, a Lead Author for the IPCC Special report on Land and Climate Change and Lead Author of the IPCC WGII AR5 report on Human settlements and Spatial Planning.

Ancillary Activities

  • International Institute of Social Sciences
    Teaching and research
    Advisory Role
  • Univeraity of Manchester
  • International Institue of Social Sciences
    Teaching, research and adminstration
  • Springer
    Associate Editor


Hemerijckx, L. M., Nakyagaba, G. N., Sseviiri, H., Janusz, K., Eichinger, M. , Lwasa, S., May, J. , Verburg, P. H., & Van Rompaey, A. (2023). Mapping the consumer foodshed of the Kampala city region shows the importance of urban agriculture. npj Urban Sustainability, 3(1), Article 11. https://doi.org/10.1038/s42949-023-00093-1
Al-Zu’bi, M., Dejene, S. W., Hounkpè, J., Kupika, O. L. , Lwasa, S., Mbenge, M., Mwongera, C., Ouedraogo, N. S., & Touré, N. D. E. (2022). African perspectives on climate change research. Nature climate change, 12(12), 1078-1084. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-022-01519-x
Sseviiri, H. , Lwasa, S., Lawhon, M., Ernstson, H., & Twinomuhangi, R. (2022). Claiming value in a heterogeneous solid waste configuration in Kampala. Urban Geography, 43(1), 59-80. https://doi.org/10.1080/02723638.2020.1828557
Leadley, P., Gonzalez, A., Obura, D., Krug, C. B., Londoño-Murcia, M. C., Millette, K. L., Radulovici, A., Rankovic, A., Shannon, L. J., Archer, E., Armah, F. A., Bax, N., Chaudhari, K., Costello, M. J., Dávalos, L. M., Roque, F. D. O., DeClerck, F., Dee, L. E., Essl, F., ... Woodley, S. (2022). Achieving global biodiversity goals by 2050 requires urgent and integrated actions. One earth, 5(6), 597-603. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oneear.2022.05.009
Chu, E., Brown, A., Michael, K., Du, J. , Lwasa, S., & Mahendra, A. (2022). Unlocking the potential for transformative climate adaptation in cities. In S. M. Wheeler (Ed.), The Sustainable Urban Development Reader (pp. 86-90). Taylor & Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003288718-20
Hemerijckx, L. M., Janusz, K., Van Emelen, S., Tumwesigye, S., Davis, J. , Lwasa, S., & Van Rompaey, A. (2022). Food accessibility of different socioeconomic groups in sub-Saharan African cities: a mixed-method analysis in Kampala, Uganda. Food security, 14(3), 677-694. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12571-021-01248-7
Gurney, K. R., Kılkış, Ş., Seto, K. C. , Lwasa, S., Moran, D., Riahi, K., Keller, M., Rayner, P., & Luqman, M. (2022). Greenhouse gas emissions from global cities under SSP/RCP scenarios, 1990 to 2100. Global environmental change, 73, Article 102478. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2022.102478
GAMI, Berrang-Ford, L., Siders, A. R., Lesnikowski, A., Fischer, A. P., Callaghan, M. W., Haddaway, N. R., Mach, K. J., Araos, M., Shah, M. A. R., Wannewitz, M., Doshi, D., Leiter, T., Matavel, C., Musah-Surugu, J. I., Wong-Parodi, G., Antwi-Agyei, P., Ajibade, I., Chauhan, N. , ... Lwasa, S. (2021). A systematic global stocktake of evidence on human adaptation to climate change. Nature climate change. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-021-01170-y

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