Urban-rural linkages: theory, case studies and future II

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Urban Geography Specialty Group, Rural Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Congressional B, Omni, West
Organizers: Benjamin Goldstein, Sanaz Chamanara
Chairs: Benjamin Goldstein


The environmental and social dimensions of urbanization processes are indifferent to political borders and ecosystem boundaries. Consumption of resources and production of waste in cities shape change in distal locations that span the planet. Cities house just over 50% of humanity and cover a mere 3% of global terrestrial surface, but their combined metabolism is immense, accounting for 70% of energy use, 80% of carbon emissions[1], and the majority of global flows of water, wood, nutrients, metals and aggregates [2-4]. A lattice-work of complex and dynamic supply chains crisscross the planet, insulating city-dwellers from the ecological and social changes at mines, forests, farms, and factories they rely on to sustain their lifestyles. The opacity of these economic processes dilutes our ability to perceive production-consumption linkages across time and space. Unveiling and solidifying ‘urban-rural linkages’ through theorization and case study work is crucial to making the dimensions of urban consumption perceptible and as a first step towards a more ‘sustainable’ urban future.
This session aims to take stock and think critically about the ways academics have theorized, framed, and modeled the hybrid co-evolution of urban and non-urban spaces: planetary urbanization, urban-rural linkages, global cities, urban land teleconnections, tele-coupling, transboundary metabolic flows and related concepts. We encourage papers on the theoretical underpinnings of these concepts and schemas, as well as more applied contributions. We are also interested in papers that explore these urban-rural linkages with respect urban infrastructure design, policy, and planning.
Possible topics for presentation may include, but are not limited to:
• Existing and proposed theories to understand how city and rural co-evolve (‘urban-rural linkages’)
• Emergent related concepts such as the circular economy, resource efficient cities, and political-industrial ecology.
• Methodological approaches to apply theories of urban-rural linkages
• Empirical case studies of urban-rural linkages
• Application to inform urban development and design


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Ryan Thomas*, Cornell University, Giuseppe Amatulli, Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies; Center for Research Computing; Center for Science and Social Science Information, Ryan Powers, Yale University Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Segmentation algorithm to delineate continuous human settlement units 20 9:55 AM
Presenter Dimitrios Gounaridis*, University of Michigan, Joshua Newell, School of Environment and Sustainability, Exploring prospective pathways to scale up urban agriculture: the case of Detroit region. 20 10:15 AM
Presenter Jordan Blekking*, Indiana University, Kurt B Waldman, Indiana University, Erik Nelson, Indiana University, Tom P Evans, University of Arizona, Spatial characteristics of consumer confidence and food security in secondary cities of Southern Africa 20 10:35 AM
Presenter Benjamin Goldstein*, University of Michigan, Joshua Newell*, University of Michigan, Linking urban and rural by tracking corporate actors across space and time 20 10:55 AM
Discussant Joshua Newell University of Michigan 20 11:15 AM

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