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

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: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Congressional B, Omni, West
Organizers: Benjamin Goldstein, Sanaz Chamanara
Chairs: Sanaz Chamanara


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 Sanaz Chamanara*, University of Michigan, Joshua P Newell , University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, How does Urban relate to the Elsewhere? 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Laura Taylor*, York University, Patrick T. Hurley, Ursinus College, Political ecology beyond the city: Harnessing the power of exurban political ecology 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Robin Lovell*, Manhattan College, From Farmers to Foodies: Healing the Metabolic Rift Between Hudson Valley Farms and New York City 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Amy M Lerner*, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Patricia Pérez-Belmont, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Beatriz Ruizpalacios, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), The potential for peri-urban agriculture in sustainability transformations: Lessons from Mexico City and beyond 20 9:00 AM
Presenter Jennifer Sedell*, University of California, Davis, Agricultural Pests in the City: Protecting California Ag in the Urban Centers 20 9:20 AM

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