Rural to Urban Transitions and the peri-urban interface

Overview and Objectives

With the growth of megacities across the Asia region has come the expansion of peri-urban areas, transition zones where urban and rural activities are juxtaposed and landscape features are subject to rapid modifications induced by human activities. They face unique problems including intense pressures on resources, slum formation, lack of adequate services such as water and sanitation, poor planning and degradation of farmland. These areas face demands from users with contrasting lifestyles and conflicting interests that range from agriculture to residential, industrial and commercial, and the development of green belts and nature reserves.

This project brings experts, scholars, and promising young students and professionals from India and Pakistan together to develop mutual interests and relationships based on a shared exploration of the challenges and impacts of rural to urban transitions and peri-urban interfaces in the South Asia region.
The specific objectives of the project are to:

  • Establish a mutually agreed upon program of research to promote substantive and extended dialogue between Indian and Pakistani scholars, experts, and promising young researchers regarding peri-urbanism, a phenomenon shared by both countries;
  • Work collaboratively to integrate and analyze information and data showing the relative degree of rural, urban, and peri-urban characteristics of selected study areas;
  • Explore and contrast potential environmental, health, and governance issues among rural, urban, and peri-urban areas within the selected areas of each country and between countries; and
  • Jointly disseminate project results within and between countries.

Outcome of the project: >> Cross-national face-to-face engagement through workshops, seminars and webinars
>> Research program defined
>> Cross-national virtual engagement
>> Improved understanding and communication among participants
>> A unique research partnership spanning U.S., Pakistan, and Indian research institutions and a variety of physical and social contexts
>> Increased knowledge of peri-urban city problems in selected study areas
>> Analytical integration and interpretation of multiple types of data
>> Documentary showings, reports on TV, radio, print media

Project Details

Project Team

Project Director

Team Member

Senior Fellow

Research Associate

East West Centre- Fellow

East West Centre- Senior Fellow

East West Centre-Senior Fellow


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  • Water Policy & Governance
  • Periurban Water Security
  • Climate Change and Water
  • Water and Gender
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Water Quality

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