Urban informality, housing insecurity, and social exclusion; concept and case study assessment for sustainable urban development

Oluwole Soyinka, Kin Wai Michael Siu

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The challenge of sustainable urban development is a global one and it affects the quality of livelihoods. This study investigates urban informality, housing insecurity, and social exclusion (UHS) in Hong Kong and Lagos metropolis to understand the concept and the characteristics of this threat for sustainable development. The aim of this study is to develop strategies for integrating UHS for urban sustainability. In achieving this, the study conceptualized and investigates UHS for development strategies. It adopts case study methodology, triangulation method of data collection and mixed method data analysis. The findings identify several factors contributing to this issue as socio-economic, environmental, unequal distribution of urban resources, and the wide gap between the rich and the poor. Recommendations to ensure sustainable urban development based on the case considered includes economic empowerment, adequate and affordable housing strategies, social and environmental interaction design strategies, regularization and integration of urban informality with infrastructure design in the study areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-36
Number of pages14
JournalCity, Culture and Society
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018


  • Hong Kong
  • Housing insecurity
  • Lagos metropolis
  • Social exclusion
  • Social justice
  • Urban equity and equality
  • Urban informality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Urban Studies
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)

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