Senior Specialist in Urban Land and Housing Development, PhD Candidate
Ore Fika is a researcher and senior specialist in Urban Land and Housing Development, with an architecture and project management background. Her expertise is in the legal and economic aspects of the land. She focuses on land development strategies that enable the lower-income to have equitable access to land and housing. Therefore, she lectures on Land Tenure Modalities, Land and Property Rights, Community Land Trust, Inclusionary Zoning, Expropriation and Compensation, Benefits Sharing, Land Grabbing, Spatial Segregation, Gentrification, Land Markets and Land Value Capture Instruments.
Her current research line is on Peri-urban Land grabbing in Sub-Saharan Africa. From 2012 to 2016, functioning as a thesis supervisor, she was part of the research group on Land Value Capture that produced over 60 master theses on Land Value Capture instruments. Since 2017, she has coordinated the Equitable Urban Land Governance research workshops in the Urban Management and Development Master programme. In 2007, she researched the growth and consolidation of slums on waterfronts, also known as “Landless Slums”.
Ore Fika currently manages the cluster on Land Rights and the Rule of Law in the Urban Land Governance Specialization. From 2013 to 2016, she coordinated the one-year tailor-made Urban Management and Development- Sustainable Urbanism (UMDSU) program. She developed and coordinated ateliers on urban planning in Almere and Rotterdam and a slum upgrading workshop in Kibera, Nairobi.
She was coordinated and taught tailor-made courses on Spatial Development and Land Tenure for the Directorate General of Spatial Development Control and Land Tenure in Indonesia in 2015, 2016 and 2018. She studied equitable access to land for the marginalized, land grabbing and equitable land governance for local economic development. In 2013 she was a team member in the training on Capacity Development for Planning and Implementation of Low-income (social) Housing Projects in Nigeria.
Before working at IHS, she worked as an architect and project manager for several years on the development of large scale mass housing in Lagos, Nigeria, in response to the affordable housing shortage in the city. She has worked in several countries, including South Africa, Liberia, Kenya, United Arab Emirates, Ghana, Germany, Rwanda, Indonesia, Tunisia, Italy, Nigeria, Brazil, Norway and USA (paper presentation), Zambia, China and Albania.