Profile of Mr Uchendu Chigbu Technische Universität München

Uchendu Chigbu

I completed my PhD (Dr.-Ing.) with focus on territorial development from a rural planning and development at the Chair of Land Management, Faculty of Civil Geo and Environmental Engineering, Technische Universität München.

General research interests

My research interests range from land-based approaches to rural development, to relationship of people to land, to governance issues. My specific approach is territorial development.

PhD/Postdoctoral Research Title

Territorial development: suggestions for a new approach to rural development in Nigeria

PhD Abstract

A core development concern in Nigeria is the magnitude of challenges rural people face. Inefficient infrastructures, lack of employment opportunities and poor social amenities are some of these challenges. These challenges persist mainly due to ineffective approaches used in tackling them. This research argues that an approach based on territorial development would produce better outcomes. The reason is that territorial development adopts integrated policies and actions with focus on places as opposed to sectoral approaches. The research objectives were to evaluate rural development approaches and identify a specific approach capable of activating poverty reduction. It addressed questions
bordering on past rural development approaches and how to improve urban-rural linkages in rural areas. It also addressed questions relating to ways that rural areas can reduce poverty through territorial development.

Literatures relating to rural-urban interrelationships and territorial development, from conventional and European perspectives, served as its theoretical foundation. From these literatures, it conceptualised a territorial approach to rural development in general and specific terms, and went into an empirical investigation of the situation in Nigeria. Its methodology is mainly qualitative descriptive case study. However, the research used quantitative data where necessary.

The research found that Nigeria has opportunities for improving rural areas through
territorial development, but due to incessant political changes and policy negligence, this has not been materialised. With focus on a territorial concept, it suggested a “territorial rural development approach” for Nigeria. It identified and outlined pre-conditions for operationalising the territorial rural development approach. Meeting these preconditions will give rural communities and practitioners the guidance for adopting local territorial development plans.

Latest deposited documents

Territorial Approach to Rural Development in Nigeria: a Method for Balanced Development  image
Territorial Approach to Rural Development in Nigeria: a Method for Balanced Development (May 2011)

The settlement structure of Nigeria is characterised by very few highly populated urban areas (with various small/medium-sized towns) and numerous...

Application Form for the 2011 AESOP PhD Workshop in Kostelec nad Cernymi Lesy image
Application Form for the 2011 AESOP PhD Workshop in Kostelec nad Cernymi Lesy (February 2011)

The settlement structure of Nigeria is characterised by very few highly populated urban areas (with various small/medium-sized towns) and numerous...