Telecoupling pp 261-280 | Cite as

Urban Telecouplings

  • Dagmar HaaseEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Natural Resource Management book series (PSNRM)


Urbanisation is one of the most important global change processes. As the share of people in, and the footprint of, urban areas continues to grow globally and locally, understanding urbanisation processes and resulting land-use change is increasingly important with respect to natural resource use, socio-demographics, health and environmental change. The concept of urban telecouplings (UTs) describes how land-use change and the usage of environmental, economic and cultural resources by urban dwellers are not limited to cities or their direct surroundings but span across the globe. This chapter discusses how UTs are initiated, in which way they occur, what agents might be involved and what are the respective positive effects on land and land change at both places, the sending system and the distant receiving system. The chapter concludes that UT represents a new type of hybridisation of culture and environmental behaviour that is traditionally seen as a by-product of globalisation, but might be one core property of urbanisation.



I wish to thank our colleagues from the BiodivERsA project ENABLE (COFUND 2015-16), and the Horizon 2020 innovation action CONNECTING (COproductioN with NaturE for City Transitioning, Innovation and Governance; No. 730222-2) for fruitful discussions and comments.


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  1. 1.Geography DepartmentHumboldt-Universität zu BerlinBerlinGermany

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