Shuaib Lwasa's Lab

About the lab

The Urban Action Innovations Lab (UAL)- a knowledge-based approach for engaging with issues of sustainable urban development challenges.

The Urban Action Lab is a pro-active learning environment engaging academia, community, private sector and policy domains to stimulate and facilitate action.The UAL is also designed to enhance university education and research on urban challenges in the region. This Lab is developed as a regional hub with Makerere University as the anchor institution expanding in the East African region.

UAL is an opportunity to engage in sustainable urban development, climate change adaptation and urban planning issues faced by the city. The UAL is a space for learning-by-doing aimed at enhancing planning education critically required to meet

Featured projects (1)

‘Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality' (KNOW) seeks to deliver transformative research and capacity-building for innovation in policy and planning to promote urban equality. KNOW is guided by the aspiration to produce more equal cities. It focuses on three development challenges: delivering prosperity, tackling extreme poverty and building resilient cities. KNOW is a four-year programme funded by ESRC under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). Led by Professor Caren Levy, Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU) UCL, KNOW is made up of a global consortium of researchers and partners across 13 institutions, focusing on nine countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The project comprises six interrelated Work Packages: 1. City knowledge co-production 2. Comparative inquiry for urban equality 3. The ethics of research practice 4. Translating research into practice 5. Multiplying trans-local learning in higher education 6. Expanding UK ODA research capacity for urban equality For more information see:

Featured research (1)

Cities are increasingly integrating climate adaptation priorities into development policies and plans. However, there remains a gap in understanding how incremental urban adaptation solutions can lead to more transformative change over the long term. Transformative adaptation reorients urban climate actions around addressing entrenched equity and climate justice challenges. It focuses on systemic changes to development processes that improve people’s quality of life, enhance the social and economic vibrancy of cities, and ensure sustainable, resilient, and inclusive urban futures. This paper systematically reviews literature and case studies across the global north and south to assess the barriers and enablers to transformative climate adaptation, focusing on examples and evidence from a wide range of cities. This paper is part of a series of background papers commissioned by the Global Commission on Adaptation to inform its 2019 flagship report. This paper reflects the views of the authors, and not necessarily those of the Global Commission on Adaptation.

Members (1)

Kareem Buyana
  • Makerere University
Ambrose Wabwire Buyinza
Ambrose Wabwire Buyinza
  • Not confirmed yet