One of the major social scientific challenges of the twenty-first
century lies in understanding and managing the rapid urbanization
that is now under way in the developing world. More of this urbanization
is taking place in China and India than anywhere else.
Between 1970 and 2010 these two countries alone added one billion new
urban residents, or nearly half of global urban population
growth. Over 2010-2030, as cities in both countries continue to expand,
the United Nations projects a further increase of 500 million
people—a figure equivalent to the current population of the European
This project, undertaken in collaboration with the Wuhan
University School of Urban Design in Wuhan, China and the Indian Institute
of Sciences in Bangalore, India, inutilizes remote sensing data along
with other sources to examine the dynamics of urbanization, their
environmental consequences, and the institutional and other influences
on pathways of urban change. A first phase over 2008-2011
compared dynamics of peri-urban change from the 1970s to the 2000s in
twenty of the largest urbanizing regions of China and India.
A recently funded second phase will compare wider regional dynamics
of urban expansion and their consequences in both countries.
The project is funded by the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change
Research and the U.S. National Science Foundation.
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"Dynamics of Urban Land Expansion in a Chinese and
an Indian Region", paper presented at American Association of Geographers
Annual Meeting, 2013, Los Angeles (co-authored with Huang, J., Kumar,
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