International Conference: Pathways to Sustainable Urbanisation

29-30 January 2016
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

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Cities in India and other South Asian nations are in the midst of experiencing rapid urbanization. In this time of growth, safeguarding environmental integrity and social justice will be decisive for the health and livelihoods of citizens. This conference focused on the possibilities for sustainable urban transformations.

Whilst urbanisation brings the creation of new opportunities for some, it can also pose enormous challenges for poor and marginalised citizens in cities and in peri-urban areas.

conference proceedingsConference proceedings

After the event, a Conference Proceedings document was published by the organisers.

As well as background and concept notes, the Proceedings include summaries of the discussion in each session at the conference and full details of speakers and the programme.

Download: Conference Proceedings (pdf, 830kb)

About the conference

This conference was organised by the South Asia Sustainability Hub & Knowledge Network (SASH&KN). It comprised a series of plenary sessions and working group discussions, with invited speakers from around the globe.


Urban sustainability: perspectives and approaches

Environment, health and sustainable cities: what next for the ‘nexus’?

Growth and urban sustainability

Social mobilization and sustainable urban transformation

Developing future research agendas: what is to be done?

Related events

Workshop: Climate Change and Uncertainty from Below and Above
27-28 January 2016, Delhi

Launch: South Asia Sustainability Hub & Knowledge Network, 28 January 2016

STEPS-JNU symposium: Exploring pathways to Sustainability, 2014

Related themes

Urban transformations

Urbanisation and economic growth go hand-in-hand. How to balance rapid economic growth with sustainable management of ecosystem services and enhanced social justice are crucial issues to the health and livelihoods of the world’s citizens. Our work encourages the rethinking of urban planning initiatives through a sustainability lens.


Waste not, want not Digital story (

The Water Cookbook Graphic novel

Contested sustainabilities in the peri-urban interface Report

Bangalore: Living in a global city Film

Water and justice: peri-urban pathways in Delhi Film

Resilience and the peri-urban: limitations and potential Briefing

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