Sustainable Urbanisation II

This century will be the century of the city. Virtually all of the world’s population growth is projected to occur in cities. The total urban population is expected to rise to 5 billion by 2030, 80 per cent of which will concentrate in Asia, Africa and Latin America. A central feature of rapid growing cities is their physical expansion, a discontinuous, scattered, and low-density process that is fundamentally unsustainable.

Urban areas have been recognized as key elements for the future of global societies, and the locus of major social and environmental transformations. We have a solid but fragmented basis for understanding the drivers of social transformations to sustainability and the social-environmental interactions at stake in urban areas. In order to address these complex dynamics, we need to rearticulate the various disciplinary contributions into interdisciplinary perspectives, spanning across the social, economic, political, cultural, physical and environmental dimensions of transformations in urban contexts. And we need to formulate the new, cross-cutting priorities that should lead future research agenda on transformations to sustainability in urban contexts.

From 2 to 8 November 2014, the ISSC organized the Fellows seminar ‘Sustainable Urbanization — Transformations to Sustainability in Urban Contexts’ in Taipei, Taiwan, to push forward this work,  in collaboration with the IRDR-ICoE, Academia Sinica and National Taipei University, in partnership with the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP) and the Urbanization and Global Environmental Change project (International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change, IHDP).

Download the concept note and the seminar report