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Posted on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 14:44
In a world struggling with low growth, the ten member states of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) represent a genuinely exciting prospect among emerging markets. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) expects growth in the region, already the world’s sixth largest economic bloc, to average 4.6% annually in the next five years. Much of this growth will come from ASEAN’s urban hubs... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 10:08
Focus: Urbanisation “Improve people’s lives” Experts at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) want special economic zones (SEZs) to serve the purpose of smart urbanisation. ADB economist Jong Woo Kang explained matters an interview. Page 12 Special opportunities The current rate of urbanisation is unprecedented in human history and presents major challenges. However, there also are unprecedented... Read more
Posted on Monday, October 3, 2016 - 12:26
It is seemingly a strange notion that there should be different perspectives on urban ecology, especially when urban areas worldwide exhibit similar characteristics in the broader era that we now commonly call the anthropocene. The diversity of “Southern” perspectives draws on the cultural diversity of the “South”, which  is rooted in the ecological diversity of this geographical collective.... Read more
Posted on Monday, October 3, 2016 - 12:09
Over the last two centuries there has been a growing acceptance of social and political liberalism as the desirable basis for societal organisation. Economic theory has tried to accommodate itself to that position and has developed increasingly sophisticated models to justify the contention that individuals left to their own devices will self-organise into a socially desirable state. However, in... Read more
Posted on Monday, September 26, 2016 - 11:10
The Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition commissioned this Foresight report in 2015 to take a close look at the extent to which food systems are delivering healthy diets today and to assess whether they are fit for the future. While the focus has been on low- and middle-income countries, the findings constitute a stark warning for all countries. Despite past progress,... Read more
Posted on Friday, September 23, 2016 - 08:52
The recent availability of geolocalized historical data allows to address quantitatively spatial features of the time evolution of urban areas. Here, we discuss how the number of buildings evolves with population and we show on different datasets (Chicago, 1930 − 2010; London, 1900 − 2015; New York City, 1790 − 2013; Paris, 1861 − 2011) that this curve evolves in a ’universal’ way with three... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 09:42
Urbanisation rates are rapidly rising in Melanesia (Keen and Barbara 2015) as a growing number vote with their feet and move to cities in search of a better standard of living. Despite growing pressures on urban housing, services and infrastructure, political pressure for better urban management and investment remains muted, allowing unresponsive local and national governments to persist (Connell... Read more
Posted on Friday, September 16, 2016 - 09:33
ABSTRACT India has been witnessing rapid urbanisation in the last decade, particularly in its large and medium-size cities. As more and more people move towards cities and towns, it is imperative to build an understanding of how cities are geared in terms of growth and inclusion. In what ways do India's marginalised communities get excluded from the country's growing urban spaces? This paper... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 09:32
Significance More than 50% of people now live in urban areas. By 2050 this proportion will be 70%. Urbanization is associated with increased levels of mental illness, but it’s not yet clear why. Through a controlled experiment, we investigated whether nature experience would influence rumination (repetitive thought focused on negative aspects of the self), a known risk factor for mental illness... Read more
Posted on Monday, August 22, 2016 - 12:05
The demography of cities in the 21st century will be shaped, to a large extent, by migration. This paper argues that the rights-based approach to urban policy advocated in the preparatory work of Habitat III, the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development to be held in October 2016 in Quito, Ecuador, may not be conducive to this goal. The approach lacks a contextual and dynamic... Read more

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