Prof Samuel Babatunde Agbola is an Urban and Regional Planner with life long interest in Human Settlement Development and how this has been affected by climate change and lately by the COVID-19. He was the Pioneer Director of Physical Planning at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Prof Agbola is currently the Chair of the Regional Committee for Africa (RCA) of the International Science Council (ISC) (former International Council for Science (ICSU)).
He was a past Chair of the Association of African Planning Schools (AAPS), the Chair of the Nigerian Chapter of the Land Use, Land Cover Change Group of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP). Prof Agbola was one of the Pioneer Members of what is today the Safer Cities Programme of the UN-Habitat. He was a Visiting Professor of Planning at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, USA, the University of Cape Town and the University of the Witwatersrand.
Prof Agbola is the Author of fifteen books, seventy–two chapters in highly-rated books published by reputable international publishers and over fifty-three peer-reviewed international and local journal articles. Most of these publications are in the area of Human Settlement Development and Management. Prof Agbola is currently the South African National Department of Human Settlements’ (NDHS) endowed Chair and Research Professor of Human Settlement at the Mangosuthu University of Technology, Durban. He is also the Deputy Chair, Advisory Council of the African Forum for Urban Safety (AFUS).