On Friday 8 May 2020, Taslim Alade will defend his PhD dissertation, entitled: ‘Innovation Adaptation in Urban Light-Rail Transport. Adapting Pricing and Infrastructural Innovations using Frugal Approach in Ethiopia and Nigeria’.
Due to the Covid-19 measures, this defence will take place online. The link to attend the event will be shared a few days in advance.
In recent years, Taslim focused his research efforts on the difficult task of adapting Light-Rail Transport (LRT) for the first time by cities in transition. Cities in transition need strategies to do more and better using less or limited resources and be able to manage the limited human, financial, and time resources using a frugal approach.
In addition, Taslim's research analysed the social, economic, and environmental effects of the contextualized innovations on passenger service delivery, Multi-National Corporations expected outcomes, city environment, resident’s proximity, and business activities along the LRT routes. Furthermore, it analysed the similarities and differences in contextual factors between Abuja and Lagos (two of Nigeria's largest cities) and between Ethiopia and Nigeria.
In recent years, Addis-Ababa, Abuja, and Lagos have acquired Light-Rail Transport from China, which entails different multi-actors interacting to achieve resource-efficient LRT in terms of cost, technical knowledge, and time.
The capital of Ethiopia reshuffled its organizational structure to interact with multi-actors, in providing affordable LRT, measurable technological transfer and learning routine via structured absorptive capacity and delivering an environmentally sound electrified light-rail, as a zero-carbon emission transport system.
This research is not only valuable for Addis-Ababa, Lagos, or Abuja. All over the world, these inputs can be used to effectively adapt transportation systems in cities with similar economic and social realities.
Join Taslim's defence to hear more about the research.