Political economy of peri-urban expansion

Today, peri-urban space is recognised to play a critical and increasing role in relation to urban expansion. Yet this role is still poorly understood and peri-urban areas rarely recognised in the different decision spheres, leading to the political and economic marginalisation of the (often poor) populations that live in these peri-urban spaces.

Two policy-relevant questions emerge from this:

  • What can the resilience narrative, which is increasingly used in the context of urbanisation, offer to address this disconnect?
  • What do policies that foster resilience in peri-urban spaces look like?

This project attempts to answer these questions. The study shows that promoting resilience in peri-urban contexts involves fostering adaptation, emphasising systems thinking that brings together urban and rural dynamics, and recognising that path-dependence matters.

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Photo of Jaideep Gupte, IDS Research Fellow

T: +44 (0)1273 915656

E: j.gupte@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Lyla Mehta

T: +44 (0)1273 915677

E: l.mehta@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Terry Cannon, IDS research fellow

T: +44 (0)1273 915812

E: t.cannon@ids.ac.uk

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The Potential and Limits of the ‘Resilience Agenda’ in Peri-urban Contexts

IDS Policy Briefing 63 (2014)
Béné, C., Cannon, T., Gupte, J., Mehta, L. and Tanner, T.

Exploring the Potential and Limits of the Resilience Agenda in Rapidly Urbanising Contexts

IDS Evidence Report 63 (2014)
Béné, C., Cannon, T., Gupte, J., Mehta, L. and Tanner, T.
Project Dates:
April 2012 - August 2017
Project Status:
Department for International Development (DFID)
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