University of Salford – Research Assistant – green building guidelines and occupant performance

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This is an exciting opportunity for an individual with a Masters Degree in Built Environment related area. The project is funded by the Qatar National Research Foundation and is of 3 year duration. The individual will be working in the area of green building guidelines and occupant performance and will involve extensive literature review and data collection related activities for which travel would be required. 

Green building guidelines have been gaining prominence in the last decade. A key emphasis of existing green building guidelines is to analyse and reduce the environmental impact in design throughout the building or infrastructure lifecycle. These guidelines address key issues related to design, material usage, manufacturing, construction, building operation, maintenance, demolition and disposal, in order to ensure goals of sustainable construction are met. Research indicates that the majority of building environmental impact occurs during the operations and maintenance phase of a facility. Also, the…

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Speaking at ARI Event on Urban Violence in Africa

Zainab Usman

On Wednesday 08 October, I will be participating in a panel discussing Urban Violence in Africa. This is an event organised by the Africa Research Institute, a think-tank in London.

Specifically, I will be speaking on political cohesion  and the capacity of the Nigerian state to contain Boko Haram.

My co-panelists are Dr. Paula Meth, Senior Lecturer, Town and Regional Planning, University of Sheffield and Dr. Tom Goodfellow, Lecturer, Town and Regional Planning, University of Sheffield.

Attendance to the event is free, but registration is required. Here are the details, with more information is available on the ARI website:

  • Date: Wednesday 8th October, 2014
  • Time: 6 to 8pm
  • Location: 55 Tufton St, London, SW1P 3QL
  • Drinks and light refreshments will be served
  • Twitter hashtag: #civicconflict
  • Free to attend but registration is required, emailinfo@africaresearchinstitute.org or call 020 7222 4006
 

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Politicians’ Salaries and Income Inequalities

Zainab Usman

The infographic below illustrates vividly, the disparity between salaries of parliamentarians and average incomes in a select number of countries.

Credit goes to: Visualizing Impact

Though Nigeria isn’t one of the countries sampled, one of the hot burning issues in Nigerian public discourse in recent times is legistators’ jumbo pay. A report by The Economist ranked Nigerian MPs as the highest paid in the world, not in terms of the amount actually received, but as a multiple of GDP per capita. Each Nigerian MP receives about $189,000 per annum as basic salary which is 116 times the average income per person in the country.

Reports and op-eds within local Nigerian media have focused on the issue extensively. Former Education Minister and World Bank Vice President for the Africa region, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili recently accused the National Assembly of consuming over N1.1trn ($6.4bn) since 2005. Running the National Assembly consumes 3%…

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