Diana Lee-Smith

General Information

Occupation: Architect

Date of Birth: 1940

Birth Country: United Kingdom

Resident Country: United Kingdom

Notes: Manuscript collection in IAWA: Ms90-005


Subject: housing and shelter conditions in Africa

Description: Diana Lee-Smith lives and works in Nairobi, Kenya, where she was one of the founders of Mazingira Institute, an independent research and development NGO and carried out the first major research study of urban agriculture in the 1980s. From 2002-2005 she led the African Regional programme of Urban harvest, an initiative of the international agriculture research system. She was also the Gender Focal Point of UN-Habitat for three years and has published widely on development and environment issues, including urban agriculture and women's issues. mazingira Institute currently hosts Nefsalf, a policy forum for urban farmers in Nairobi that also provides training and a voice for urban farmers.

Url: http://www.ryerson.ca/foodsecurity/who/people/lee-smith/index.html


Employer: Strategic Initiative on Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture (SIUPA)

Title: Sub-Saharan Africa Coordinator

City: Nairobi

Notes: the Institute comes under, International Potato Centre,


Country: delete


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Institution: Lund University in Sweden

Department: Architecture and Development

Degree: Ph.D


License: Qualified Architect

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Publications By

Title: Women and UN-HABITAT: A History: An article from: Women & Environments International Magazine

Publication: Women & Environments International Magazine

Page: 8-10

Publisher: ProQuest Information and Learning

Date Published: January 01, 2006

Notes: Digital paper

Title: Cities Feeding People: An Examination of Urban Agriculture in East Africa

Co-author: International Development Research Centre (Canada), Axumite G. Egziaher (Editor), Daniel G. Maxwell (Contributor).

Publication: Book

Publisher: IDRC

Date Published: January 01, 1994

Title: Uses of trees and shrubs identified by rural children in Kenya

Publication: Book

Publisher: Mazingira Institute

Date Published: January 01, 1980

Title: Institution development for delivery of low-income housing

Co-author: Memon P. A.

Publication: Third world planning review

Volume: 10

Issue: 3

Page: 217-238

City: Nairobi

Country: Kenya

Date Published: January 01, 1988

Title: Social Transformation in a Post-colonial City: The Case of Nairobi

Co-author: Davinder Lamba, Edited by Mario Polèse and Richard Stren

Publication: The Social Sustainability of cities: Diversity and the maagement of Change

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

City: Toronto

Country: Canada

Date Published: January 01, 2000

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