REsource efficient settlement structure in the global SOUTH

Contemporary urbanization is a phenomenon, which is associated with the countries of the global south, especially with China, India and Africa. These regions are characterized by rapid growth and limited urban governance leading to two main problems. First, limited governance deprives peripheral development of basic amenities escalating slum like developments and sprawl. Second, limited capacity to decentralize leads to further concentration in large cities resulting in congested and stressed urban infrastructure. Such a development trend influences urban environment escalating man-made and natural catastrophes. With this background, taking India as a case study, this research aims to discern and describe the characteristics of urban growth. This project makes two-fold contribution to urban research: first it establishes the relevance of mixed-method approach in understanding the peculiarities of growth. Second, it derives evidence-based policy reforms to achieve sustainable development and resolve some real world problems.


Following publications are an outcome of this project:

Jain, Manisha; Korzhenevych, Artem; Namperumal, Sridharan (2019): Determinants of growth in non-municipal areas of Delhi: rural–urban dichotomy revisited. In: Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 34 (3), p. 715-734.

Jain, Manisha; Korzhenevych, Artem; Pallagst, Karina M. (2019): Assessing growth management strategy: A case study of the largest rural-urban region in India. In: Land Use Policy, 81, p. 1-12.

Jain, Manisha; Korzhenevych, Artem (2019): Counter-urbanization as the growth of small towns: Is the Capital Region of India prepared? In: TESG, Journal of Social and Economic Geography, 110 (2), p. 156-172.

Jain, Manisha; Hecht, Robert (2019): Spatial assessment of commuting patterns in India’s National Capital Region. Built Environment, 45 (4): 464-479.

Jain, Manisha (2018). Contemporary urbanization as unregulated growth in India: The story of census towns. In: Cities, 73, p. 117-127.

Jain, Manisha (2018): The effect of distance on urban transformation in the Capital Region, India. In: International Planning Studies, 23 (1), p. 37-50.

Korzhenevych, Artem; Jain, Manisha (2018): Area- and gender-based commuting differentials in India’s largest urban-rural region. In: Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 63, p. 733-746.

Jain, Manisha; Korzhenevych, Artem; Hecht, Robert (2018): Determinants of commuting patterns in a rural-urban megaregion of India. In: Transport Policy, 68, p. 98-106.

Jain, Manisha; Sridharan, Namperumal; Korzhenevych, Artem (2018): From informal to inclusive urbanization: options for funding the transformation in India. In: Benna, Umar G.; Benna, Abubakar U. (Eds.): Crowdfunding and sustainable urban development in emerging economies. Hershey, USA: IGI Global, 2018, p. 60-76.

Jain, Manisha; Korzhenevych, Artem (2017): Spatial disparities, transport infrastructure provision and decentralization policy in the Delhi region. In: Journal of Urban Planning and Development, 143 (3): XX.

Jain, Manisha; Knieling, Jörg (2017): Growth of census towns in capital region of India: informal urbanization as a symptom of counter-urbanization? In: Benna, Umar G.; Benna, Indo I. (Eds.): Urbanization and its impact on socio-economic growth in developing regions. Hershey, USA: IGI Global, 2017, p. 23-43.

Jain, Manisha; Xie, Xiaoping (2017): The rise of informal urbanization in the Global South: A breach of urban planning or bridging of the urban infrastructure supply gap? In: Schmidt, Matthias; Follmann, Alexander; Poerting, Julia (Eds.): Aktuelle Forschungsbeiträge zu Südasien. 7. Jahrestagung des AK Südasien, 27./28. Januar 2017, Augsburg, 2017, (Geographien Südasiens, Band 8), p. 38-41.

Jain, Manisha (2016): Steering growth towards integrated regional development in rapidly growing Indian regions. In: Schlitz, Nicolas; Poerting, Julia (Eds.): Aktuelle Forschungsbeiträge zu Südasien. 6. Jahrestagung des AK Südasien, 22./23. Januar 2016, Osnabrück, 2016, (Geographien Südasiens, Band 5), p. 21-24.

The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development is jointly funded by the federal government and the federal states.

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This institute is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget approved by the Saxon State Parliament.