Asian Symposium: Global South: Impacts of transforming landuse and changing environment on cities

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group, Asian Geography Specialty Group, Climate Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: 8216, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: S M Shihab Nur
Chairs: Chandana Mitra


Global south has seen uncontrolled and unplanned urbanization followed by massive industrialization and urban sprawl. A number of Asian cities have entered the group of fastest growing megacities in the world in recent times. People migrating from rural areas in search of economic opportunities are living in informal settlements in these cities. For providing the basic services to the large population, these cities have increased the land share for commercialization, industrialization and residential purposes. Thus these cities are now experiencing problems of thermal discomfort, enhanced urban heat island intensity, pollution and associated health issues, urban flooding, traffic congestion, lack of green and open spaces and overcrowding.

One best way of communicating and educating the masses is to display different scenarios on how these intercomparable urban transitions are affecting the microenvironment in and around cities. Thus, this session aims to highlight research focused on the problems, solutions and possibilities of improving the urbanization process in the Global South.

Paper themes may include, but not limited to -

1. Urbanization and land use change

2. Pollution and impacts of health

3. Heat and associated well-being issues

4. Green space/parks/open spaces and benefits

5. Urban flash floods and water logging

6. Renewable energy and progress in global south cities

Interested participants should register and submit your abstract (max 250 words) through the AAG Annual Meeting Abstract Submission Console ( Please send your AAG program identification number (PIN) to Shihab Nur ( and/or Chandana Mitra ( before October 25th 2018 to be included in the paper session.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Rajesh Sigdel*, Western Michigan University, Understanding the Land Use/Land Cover Change (LULC) Process in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. 20 9:55 AM
Presenter S M Shihab Nur*, Auburn University, Chandana Mitra, Auburn University, Cultural and environmental transition and transformation of two south Asian cities: Dhaka and Kolkata 20 10:15 AM
Presenter Sujee Jung*, Rutgers University, The Problem of Land Reclamation: Based on the Waterfront Development Project in Hanoi, Vietnam 20 10:35 AM
Presenter Faizeh Hatami*, , Cultural and Physical Changes in Cities in Globalization Era; Case Study of Tehran City 20 10:55 AM
Discussant Winston Chow National University of Singapore 20 11:15 AM

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