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Environmental Change, Governance and Politics in Small Cities in Kerala, India

Research fields Development, societies, environments
Sustainable urban development
Political Ecology
Cities in the Global South
Political Ecology
Globalization / Liberalization
Politiques urbaines
Decentralization / Governance
Sustainable Livelihoods
Keywords Urbanization
Small and medium cities
Environmental governance
Environmental politics
Political ecology
Funding Indo-Swiss Joint Research Programme
Duration February 2011 - December 2011
Researchers Narayanan N. C. (---)
Véron René (---) [web] [email]

The highly "rurbanized" south Indian state of Kerala has often been understood as a "model" of development due to a variety of historical, socio-cultural and political factors. The short-term aim of this project is to develop a collaborative research proposal on environmental change, governance and politics in small cities in Kerala from an urban political ecology perspective with the assumption that Kerala may hold lessons for other developing and fast urbanizing areas. The longer-term goal is to build a sustainable research partnership the involved researchers and their respective institutions; i.e., the Institute of Geography, University of Lausanne (IGUL) and the Centre for Technology Alternatives in Rural Areas (CTARA), Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay.

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