Urban Lecture: Uneven Peri-Urbanization

Fredag 28 September kl 11:00



Plats: Göteborg


Urban Lecture: Uneven Peri-Urbanization

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Understanding the production of uneven self-built settlements in the peri-urban Greater Accra Metropolitan Area through an analysis of land and water relations and practices 

The Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) in Ghana offers an illustrative example for a rapidly growing metropolis. Urbanization leads, however, not only to urban growth, but also produces peri-urban spaces. The most dominant mode of peri-urbanization is the incremental development of self-built settlement sites engulfing former villages at the outskirts of GAMA.


In her talk, Lara Esther Bartels offers an analysis of uneven processes of this peri-urbanization mode by examining land and water relations and practices as well as the role of the middle classes in the construction of self-built settlements. She demonstrates that peri-urban spaces are frontiers of de facto privatization and commodification of land for building purposes and water for domestic needs. These land and water relations produce inequalities in access to both resources. 


Moreover, the middle classes can successfully consolidate self-built settlements in peri-urban GAMA. Both processes, the land and water privatization and commodification as well as the involvement of the middle classes in this dominant peri-urbanization mode contribute to the development of spatially and socio-economically heterogeneous peri-urban spaces that are, however, deeply uneven.


Date: 28 September 2018
Place: Mistra Urban Futures, Läraregatan 3, Gothenburg 
Time: 11.00-12.30, including a light vegetarian lunch wrap from 12.00 
Last day to register: 22 September


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