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Tilahun Fikadu

Ph.D. Student in Urban Planning

Tilahun is an urban ecologist with special interest for urban sustainability. He grew up in the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. He obtained his first degree in biology in 2007 after completing a three-year bachelor degree program in applied biology at Addis Ababa University. His keen interest for environmental sustainability coupled with the wide-reaching nature of the program gave him the opportunity to focus on ecology as his future career. His excelled interest for environmental sciences enabled him to join the most competitive masters program in applied ecology where he discovers the diverse application of ecological principles for remediating environmental problems.

Tilahun left for Poitiers, France in September 2012 to attend his Master’s degree in applied ecology at the University of Poitiers, France. As his Master’s program involved two other universities, he also moved to the University of East Anglia, UK, and the University of Coimbra, Portugal. He obtained his masters degree in September 2014 and start working under the chair of ecosystem planning and management at the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (EiABC), Addis Ababa University as a lecturer as of June 2015.

His current research interest focuses on developing multi-functional urban green spaces in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The need of having urban green spaces is strongly questioned in a society where there is poor understanding of nature’s values. Sadly, planning for urban green spaces in SSA often fails to address public usability, accessibility and equity of green spaces while also overlooking the roles these green spaces could play for mitigating urban climate extremities and conserving urban biodiversity. The ultimate objective of his research will be to develop a more comprehensive and multi-criteria based green space planning strategy for improving the multi-functionality of urban green spaces in the region.


  • Mulatu, T., Bastos, R., Santos, M., Da Silva, Sousa, J, Da Silva, P, Cabral, J. (2016). Do the passerine traits’ dynamic patterns indicate the ecological status of agro-forestry ecosystems? A modeling approach for ‘‘Montado’’ management assessments, Global Ecology and conservation 8: 154 – 169.
  • Mulatu T, Getahun A. (2018). Diversity of anurans in forest fragments of southwestern Ethiopia: The case of Yayu Coffee Forest Biosphere Reserve (YCFBR). Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 12(2) [General Section]: 30–40 (e158).
  • Larissa Larsen, Kumelachew Yeshitela, Tilahun Mulatu, Sisay Seifu, Hayal Desta (2019). The Impact of Rapid Urbanization and Public Housing Development on Urban Form and Density in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Land 8: 66.
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