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The Urban Question for the Global South

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group, Urban Geography Specialty Group, Asian Geography Specialty Group
Organizers: BIKRAMADITYA CHOUDHARY, Arun Tripathi


Call for paper: The Urban Question for the Global South
The ‘urban question’ since the 1990s has attracted increasing attention in the Global South and particularly in ‘South Asia’ because of the issues at stake on a particular urgency in the subcontinent for several reasons. At first obvious reason is the increasing importance of cities from a demographic, political and economic perspective. South Asia is home to 5 of the 10 largest cities- in fact, megacities- in the world. At the same time with an urban population of 485 million, South Asia remains one of the least urbanized regions of the world. However, with an urban growth rate estimated at 2.7% per annum between 2000 and 2030, only second to Sub-Saharan Africa, the urban population is bound to increase. Since 42% of this population lives in slums, the challenges of reducing existing and future poverty are increasingly played out in cities. Studies suggest that since the 1990s the political role of cities has been institutionally redefined, and their responsibilities enlarged. Decentralization reforms have failed to address the question of ‘space’ and ‘scale’ of the urban; in other words, they have not adequately considered ‘what and where is the urban’?
The present session is proposed with an aim at examining the relationship between urban governance and living conditions, of the poor, in Global South, particularly South Asia. Discussion of a number of concepts intrinsically linked to current urbanization issues and challenges with reference to Global South and with particular reference to South Asia is of relevance. We welcome papers that either theoretical or empirically address existing of inequalities in living conditions, and the dynamic context of influences on patterns of urban development within the policy framework.
Specific themes could include:
• Relationship between urban problems and the nature of policy-making
• Formal and informal processes of decision-making
• Institutional frameworks and Legal structures of urban policy-making
• Political and social conditions and the behavior of major actors.
• Citizens’ participation and local development
• Decentralization, deliberation, governance,
• Livability and livelihood opportunities
• Right to the city and urban climate

Interested colleagues may send abstracts (up to 250 words) to the session organizers ( or by October 30, 2019.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Introduction BIKRAMADITYA CHOUDHARY Jawaharlal Nehru University 6 12:00 AM
Presenter Brad Dearden*, University of Maine Farmington, Views from the South: Visualizing uneven development in urban areas of emerging regions 12 12:00 AM
Presenter HILARY ANSAH*, University of North Texas, Incremental Infrastructures in Globalizing Accra, Ghana 12 12:00 AM
Presenter Sher Khan*, University of North Texas, Regimes of dispossession: Pakistan’s water contamination crisis 12 12:00 AM
Presenter Arun Tripathi*, University of Delhi, Megacities from the Global South and their responses to Climate Change 12 12:00 AM
Presenter Apeksha Agarwal*, HNB Garhwal (A Central) University, Srinagar, Uttarakhand, India, Madan Swaroop Singh Rawat, HNB Garhwal (A Central) University, Srinagar Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India, Assessment of Drinking Water Quality, Related Health Impacts and Accessibility to Public Health Curative Services among Slum Dwellers in Dehradun City of Garhwal Region 12 12:00 AM
Discussant Arun Tripathi University of Delhi 9 12:00 AM

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