What would a sustainable city look like?

On Thursday, India announced the first 20 cities to receive funding to become ‘Smart Cities’. It’s a high profile mission to modernise and transform urban infrastructure, especially using digital technologies like sensor networks and data centres. Smart cities are one response to the huge challenges facing urban India. The conference on pathways to sustainable urbanisation,…

Urban Futures: Background and research questions

This page provides detail of the background and research questions of the project ‘Risks and Responses to Urban Futures’. For a shorter overview, see the project homepage. Urbanisation creates of new opportunities for many, while also resulting in a dramatic increase in the concentration of poverty and environmental degradation in peri-urban zones. Peri-urban areas, at…

‘Resilience’ and the peri-urban: limitations & potential

A new IDS Briefing looks at the potentials and pitfalls of the use of the ‘resilience agenda’ in talking about the role of the peri-urban space in urban expansion. One of the authors is STEPS Centre member Lyla Mehta.

The Water Cookbook: Bhagwati Prasad’s strange and beautiful illustrations from peri-urban Delhi

I’ve just come across a copy of The Water Cookbook which I was given by Lyla Mehta, produced by part of our project looking at water conflicts in peri-urban Delhi. It’s an amazing set of illustrations by Bhagwati Prasad of the Delhi-based research centre Sarai programme, which uses art and media to respond to and…

New articles: Access to Water in peri-urban India

A new article examining the increasing inequalities around water provision in Delhi by STEPS Centre partner Alankar is published this week. Socio-Spatial Situatedness and Access to Water (Economic & Political Weekly, October 12, 2013 vol xlviiI 54 no 41), looks at the social and political biases around large state-managed and institutionalised water provision in the city and the increasing gap…

FILM: “WATER AND JUSTICE” OUT NOW

Our new film, “Water and Justice: Peri-urban pathways in Delhi”, tells the story of three people and their relationship with water in the towns and villages on the edge of the city. The film draws on our research into water in peri-urban Delhi. >> STEPS Centre: Films>> “Water and Justice” on Facebook

PERI-URBAN FUTURES AND SUSTAINABILITY

By Pritpal Randhawa, Lyla Mehta and Fiona Marshall The future is increasingly urban. Urbanisation is increasing at the rate of 60 percent by 2030. Alongside this rapid expansion comes the emergence of the peri-urban interface: the increasing intensification and co existence of urban/rural linkages, marked by dynamic flows of commodities, capital, natural resources, people and…

INDIAN VILLAGERS FIGHT POOR WATER SERVICES BY DESIGNING THEIR OWN SYSTEMS

By Alankar and Bhagwati from Sarai Some poorer communities on the fringes of cities in India don’t get the best access to water, either because they’re not covered, or only partly covered by the formal state-provided water system. They are now fighting back by designing systems to get the resources they need. Photo: Self-designed drainage…

WHAT DOES PERI-URBAN SUSTAINABILITY MEAN IN THE CONTEXT OF DELHI?

By FIONA MARSHALL, STEPS Centre member At a recent workshop in Delhi, academics and civil society groups discussed the STEPS Centre peri-urban sustainability project, as part of a joint workshop with LSEs climate change research centre, in collaboration with the Institute of Economic Growth supported by the Indian Council of Social Science Research and with…

TODAY’S LANDFILL, TOMORROW’S HOUSING ESTATE

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member The rapid expansion of peri-urban areas presents opportunities and challenges for urban and rural activities, institutions and sustainability. No longer soley seen in spatial terms, the peri-urban interface is increasingly recognised in terms of dynamic flows of commodities, capital, natural resources, people and pollution. Although often seen as a…