Sustainable Urbanization in India

Challenges and Opportunities

  • Jenia Mukherjee

Part of the Exploring Urban Change in South Asia book series (EUCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Annapurna Shaw
    Pages 23-37
  3. Governing Investments and Infrastructures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
    2. Achin Chakraborty
      Pages 41-52
    3. Sheema Fatima
      Pages 95-108
    4. Ramakrishna Nallathiga, Suhani Taneja, Anusha Gupta, Bitul Gangal
      Pages 109-133
  4. Managing Wastes and Wetlands

  5. Exploring Ecologies and Environmentalisms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Hemantkumar A. Chouhan, D. Parthasarathy, Sarmistha Pattanaik
      Pages 279-293
    3. Neha Singh, D. Parthasarathy, N. C. Narayanan
      Pages 295-317

About this book


This comprehensive volume contributes to the existing and emerging body of literature on contemporary urbanization and the interactions between cities and the environment. The volume is contextualized against latest theories, debates and discussions on 'sustainable urbanization', the post‐2015 development agenda of the United Nations and India's official launching of the 'smart city' agenda. Reflecting on three major components of urban sustainability: investments and infrastructures, waste management, and urban ecologies and environmentalisms, it moves beyond the bi‐centric approach of only looking into the differences between the ‘developed’ and the ‘developing’ world and reflects on cities across India using polycentric methods and approaches. 

The Indian urban scenario is extremely complex and diverse, and solutions laid out in official and non‐official documents tend to miss these complexities. This volume includes innovative research across different parts of India, identifying city‐specific sources of unsustainability and challenges along with strategies and potentials that would make the process of urban transition both sustainable and equitable. Complex explorations of non‐linear, bottom‐up, multisectoral process‐based local urban contexts across north, south, east and west Indian cities in this volume critique a general acceptance of the universalized concept of ‘sustainable urbanization’ and suggest ways that might be important for transcending inclusive theories to form practical policy-based recommendations and actions.


urbanization sustainability sustainable urbanization smart cities urban waste management urban environmentalism United Nations policies on sustainable urbanization urban infrastructure in India UN Sustainable City Programme limits to equitable urbanization urbanization in fringe areas urbanization without infrastructure urban ecologies

Editors and affiliations

  • Jenia Mukherjee
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Humanities and Social SciencesIndian Institute of TechnologyKharagpurIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-4931-6
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-4932-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2367-0045
  • Series Online ISSN 2367-0053
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