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Balanced Urban Development: Options and Strategies for Liveable Cities

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  • Draws comprehensively upon concepts and international case studies that will assist in sound peri-urban planning
  • Presents a distinct synthesis of a range of disciplines, including hydrology, peri-urban agriculture, social, economic, legal, institutional and policy aspects
  • Contains a rich resource of unpublished data, examples and illustrations
  • Provides a unique reference to tackle future urbanisation issues and challenges of interest to a wide audience of researchers, planners, consultants and students

Part of the book series: Water Science and Technology Library (WSTL, volume 72)

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Table of contents (35 chapters)

  1. Introduction

  2. Peri-Urban Culture and Socio-economy

  3. Peri-Urban Landuse Planning


About this book

This book provides a unique synthesis of concepts and tools to examine natural resource, socio-economic, legal, policy and institutional issues that are important for managing urban growth into the future. The book will particularly help the reader to understand the current issues and challenges and develop strategies and practices to cope with future pressures of urbanisation and peri-urban land, water and energy use challenges.  In particular, the book will help the reader to discover underlying principles for the planning of future cities and peri-urban regions in relation to: (i) Balanced urban development policies and institutions for future cities; (ii) Understanding the effects of land use change, population increase, and water demand on the liveability of cities; (iii) Long-term planning needs and transdisciplinary approaches to ensure the secured future for generations ahead; and (iv) Strategies to adapt the cities and land, water and energy uses for viable and liveable cities.

There are growing concerns about water, food security and sustainability with increased urbanisation worldwide. For cities to be liveable and sustainable into the future there is a need to maintain the natural resource base and the ecosystem services in the peri-urban areas surrounding cities. This need is increasing under the looming spectre of global warming and climate change.

This book will be of interest to policy makers, urban planners, researchers, post-graduate students in urban planning,  environmental and water resources management, and managers in municipal councils.



Editors and Affiliations

  • School of Science and Health, Western Sydney University, Penrith, Australia

    Basant Maheshwari

  • Institute of Technology, University of Moratuwa, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

    Bhadranie Thoradeniya

  • Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Texas A & M University, College Station, USA

    Vijay P. Singh

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