International and Transnational Perspectives on Urban Systems

  • Celine Rozenblat
  • Denise Pumain
  • Elkin Velasquez

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Explaining Cities from a System of Cities Perspective

  3. Metropolization in Countries Where Urban Transition Is Achieved

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Anne Bretagnolle, Fabien Paulus, Sukkoo Kim, Céline Vacchiani-Marcuzzo
      Pages 69-98
    3. Jim Simmons, Larry S. Bourne
      Pages 99-115
    4. Celine Rozenblat, Denise Pumain
      Pages 117-141
  4. Advanced Urban Transition in Emergent Economies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Luis Mauricio Cuervo González, Rosa Moura
      Pages 167-186
    3. Cosmo Antonio Ignazzi, Reinaldo Paul Perez Machado
      Pages 187-211
  5. Rapid Urban Transition: Towards Integrated Urban Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. Clémentine Cottineau, Irina Frost
      Pages 263-284
    3. Solène Baffi, Ivan Turok, Céline Vacchiani-Marcuzzo
      Pages 285-314
  6. Different Stages of Urban Transition in Low Middle Income Countries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 315-315
    2. Remy Sietchiping, Claude Ngomsi, Michael Kinyanjui, John Omwamba, Elkin Velasquez
      Pages 341-358
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 385-393

About this book


This book reviews the recent evolutions of cities in the world according to entirely revised theoretical fundamentals of urban systems. It relies on a vision of cities sharing common dynamic features as co-evolving entities in complex systems. Systems of cities that are interdependent in their evolutions are characterized in the context of that dynamics. They are identified on various geographical scales—worldwide, regional, or national. Each system exhibits peculiarities that are related to its demographic, economic, and geopolitical history, and that are underlined by the systematic comparison of continental and regional urban systems, following a common template throughout the book. Multi-scale urban processes, whether local (one city), or within national systems (systems of cities), or linked to the expansion of transnational networks (towards global urban systems) throughout the world over the period 1950–2010 are deeply analyzed in 16 chapters. This global overview challenges urban governance for designing policies facing globalization and the subsequent ecological transition. The answers, which emerge from the diversity of situations in the world, add some reflections on and recommendations to the “urban system framework” proposed in the Habitat III agenda.


Urban geography Systems of cities Global networks Smart and sustainable cities Urban governance urban systems evolution urban system dynamics urban transition Organization of cities Comparative urbanism

Editors and affiliations

  • Celine Rozenblat
    • 1
  • Denise Pumain
    • 2
  • Elkin Velasquez
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Geography and SustainabilityUniversity of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.University Paris 1 Panthéon-SorbonneUMR CNRS 8504 Géographie-citésParisFrance
  3. 3.Regional Office of UN-Habitat for Latin America and the CaribbeanUnited Nations HabitatRio de JaneiroBrazil

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