Field Study in India: Issues of Urban Growth, Economic Transformation, and Sustainability in Jaipur, Rajasthan

Authors: Sudeshna Ghosh*, Indiana University Of Pennsylvania, Haimanti Banerji, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, Kristina Thomas, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Brian Okey, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Subrata Chattopadhyay, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
Topics: Asia, Urban and Regional Planning, Human-Environment Geography
Keywords: India, Sustainability Issues, Historic City, Urban Growth, Jaipur
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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In January 2019, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) conducted a study abroad program in collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT-Kgp), involving 10 students and 4 faculty members to explore urban expansion, traditional economy, and sustainability issues in old historic cities in the state of Rajasthan, India. This interdisciplinary and international collaborative program focused on studying the impacts of rapid urbanization on historic areas, traditional economy, local environment and sustainability issues in Jaipur region. Our study outlines some of the ongoing processes of historic preservation in the old city, increasing threats of rapid urbanization and economic transformation on the traditional handicrafts' industry, such as blue pottery and metal-work, and the key issues of sustainability in the region. Our findings suggest a number of conflicting socio-economic and environmental conditions, such as rapid urban growth, economic dominance of expanding service-sector jobs, increasing auto-dependency, proliferation of global spaces in form of shopping malls and big-box retails, which threatens the socio-economic and environmental sustainability of the region and needs to be addressed from policy perspectives.

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