South Asian Cities: Challenges, potentials and solutions of the 21st century

Type: Paper
Theme: Hazards, Geography, and GIScience
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Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Maurepas, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
Organizers: Megha Shrestha, Chandana Mitra
Chairs: Chandana Mitra


This session will focus on urbanization in South Asian Cities. Urban population has been increasing and we are seeing emergence of new megacities all over South Asia. South Asia is the home of 23 percent of the world population and around 14 percent urban population. In between 2001 and 2011 the South Asian cities experienced an urban population growth by 130 million and is expected to rise to almost 250 million in the next 15 years. With the emergence of megacities these countries are experiencing economic growth and poverty reduction benefits, but as a side effect various other unprecedented problems are emerging. The megacities and even the 2nd and 3rd tier cities are growing in a haphazard manner with not much planning. Thus the cities are facing water and health crisis, infrastructural setbacks, loss of human and property due to natural disasters, aftermath of disconnected urban policies and many other related problems. This session aims to highlight research focused on the problems, solutions and possibilities of improving the urbanization process in South Asian cities. Session themes may include, but not limited to:
Impacts of natural disaster on infrastructure and health in South Asian cities.
Urban environment and climate
Economics and urbanization
Megacities, the new urban culture


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Megha Shrestha*, Auburn University, Dr. Chandana Mitra, Auburn University, Impact of natural disasters on rapid urban change in Kathmandu, Nepal 20 10:00 AM
Presenter Chandana Mitra*, Auburn University, Al Emran, Auburn University, Megha Shrestha, Auburn University, Landuse landcover changes, variable temperature patterns and associated health impacts in megacities of South Asia 20 10:20 AM
Presenter Falguni Mukherjee*, Sam Houston State University, GIS Use as Part of E-Governance—A Case of an Indian Urban Local Body 20 10:40 AM
Presenter Priti Narayan*, Rutgers University, Consumption and corruption as access: Tactics of informal urban populations in India 20 11:00 AM
Discussant Chandana Mitra Auburn University 20 11:20 AM

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