A two-day International Conference

Oct 1-2 2021

In neoliberal economic policies, cities are considered as ‘engines of growth’ which could attract national and global business, and investment that could contribute to the larger economic growth of the country (Mitra and Mehta, 2011; Siddiqui, 2014). Cities are fast expanding with stringent regulations on urban development densities pushing businesses and people out of urban cores. The outward expansion of large cities has meant increasing and more complex interactions with the surrounding rural areas and gradual changes in their land uses and occupations, transforming them into peri-urban areas, where urban and rural activities and or institutions are juxtaposed. In the peri-urban interface the three systems-social, economic and environmental constantly interact: the agricultural system, the urban system and the natural resource system (Allen, 2003), emerging at a fast pace and playing a critical role in the country’s growth and economy (Saxena and Sharma 2015).Unfortunately, due to a lack of adequate planning and policy attention to peri-urban areas, they suffer from poor infrastructure, wide spatial disparities and poor access to amenities resulting in severe social, economic and environmental problems (Marshal and Randhawa, 2017; Sharma and Saxena, 2015). If no new planning and policy actions are taken within the next decade, several cities will have irreversibly altered the resource base required for sustained economic prosperity and resilience (OECD, 2011; Sankhe et al, 2010).

REVISIONING PERIURBAN FUTURES aims to bring to forefront the critical role of peri-urban regions for enabling inclusive and resilient urban futures addressing UN Sustainable Development Goals Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11), Reduced inequality (SDG10); Good Health and well-being (SDG3); Work and economic growth (SDG 8); Climate action (SDG13);

We invite submissions that address the issues related to the multiple definitions and complexity of the peri-urban, historical constructions, politics and policies of sustainability, and legislative frameworks. Specific research questions include but are not limited to the following:

●     How do we define the peri-urban? What are the differences in conceptualizing the peri-urban in the Global North and South?

●        What concepts and approaches can help in studying the complex peri-urban dynamics?

●        What are the current and future challenges for sustainability of peri-urban regions?

●        How do the everyday socio-spatial narratives of the peri-urban (re)define the concepts of identity, belonging and marginalisation in cities? And what implications do these have on health and wellbeing, environmental and social justice?

●        What are the national and international planning and policy challenges to enable inclusive and sustainable peri-urban development?

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker 1

Prof Vishal Narain
Professor, Economics & Public Policy, Management Development Institute Gurgaon, India

Keynote Speaker 2

Mr Joe Ravetz
Co-Director of Centre for Urban Resilience & Energy at Manchester Urban Institute
The University of Manchester


OCTOBER 1-2 2021

Time Conference Day 1 – 01/10/2021Presentations topicsConference Day 2 – 02/10/2021Presentations topics
MexicoSouth Africa TurkeyIndia UK/NigeriaProgrammeProgramme
07:00 – 07:4514:00 – 14:4515:00 – 15:4517:30 – 18:15 13:00 – 13:45Waiting Lobby OpensWaiting Lobby Opens
07:45 – 08:0014:45 – 15:0015:45 – 16:0018:15 – 18:3013:45 – 14:00Introduction to PIVOT and KeynoteIntroduction to Keynote
08:00 – 08:3015:00 – 15:3016:00 – 16:3018:30 – 19:0014:00 – 14:30Keynote by Prof Vishal Narain
Public Policy and Governance, MDI, Management Development Institute Gurgaon, India
Commons and the city: changing access to natural resources in the peri-urban interfaceKeynote by Mr Joe Ravetz, The University of Manchester, UKSpaces between or new places emerging? Towards a ‘collective peri-urban intelligence’
08:30 – 08:4515:30 – 15:4516:30 – 16:4519:00 – 19:1514:30 – 14:45DiscussionDiscussion
Roundtable DiscussionRoundtable Discussion
08:45 – 09:0015:45 – 16:0016:45 – 17:0019:15 – 19:3014:45 – 15:00Dr Lazaro Eliyah MngumiCurrent and future challenges for sustainability of peri-urban regions-The case of Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaDr Lakshmi Rajendran TBC
09:00 – 09:1516:00 – 16:1517:00 – 17:1519:30 – 19:4515:00 – 15:15Dr Sheeba Chander,
Dean, Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science (HITS), India
Modelling Periurban Areas in Indian Context-Case study of Chennai Metropolitan Area.Dr Eda Yucesoy, Istanbul Technical University, TurkeyAssembling the boundaries of a metropolitan city: critical perspectives from Istanbul’s urban growth
09:15 – 09:3016:15 – 16:3017:15 – 17:3019:45 – 20:0015:15 – 15:30Dr Mohammad ArifUnderstanding Socio Economic Dilemmas of
Peri-urbanization: A Case Study from Eastern India
Prof Héctor Ávila-Sánchez, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, MexicoPeri urbanization in Mexico: realities and challenge
09:30 – 09:4516:30 – 16:4517:30 – 17:4520:00 – 20:1515:30 – 15:45DiscussionDiscussion
09:45 – 10:3016:45 – 17:3017:45 – 18:3020:15 – 21:0015:45 – 16:30BreakBreak
Short Film Screening SessionPhoto Competition Screening Session
10:30 – 10:5017:30 – 17:5018:30 – 18:5021:00 – 21:2016:30 – 16:50Dr Lakshmi Priya Rajendran, Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), UKLiving In/The (In)Visible PeripheriesPhoto Exhibition
10:50 – 11:0017:50 – 18:0018:50 – 19:0021:20 – 21:3016:50 – 17:00DiscussionDiscussion
Session 1Workshop Award Winning Presentation
11:00 – 11:1518:00 – 18:1519:00 – 19:1521:30 – 21:4517:00 – 17:15Presentation 1 by Dr Jorge Díaz Tejada, The Mayan Train, a Mega Project to mainstream Peri-Urban Sustainable CommunitiesPresentation 1 by Swati Sharma, School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, India Impact of governance on the dynamics of peri-urban areas
11:15 – 11:3018:15 – 18:3019:15 – 19:3021:45 – 22:0017:15 – 17:30Presentation 2 by Hafsah Siddiqui, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, UK Living on the Margins: Citizenship and Claims-Making in Peri-Urban PakistanPresentation 2 by Dr Carlos L. Delgado Castillo, Iberoamerican University, Mexico CityPattern analysis as a tool for definition of the essence of a place: a case of the southern periphery of Mexico City
11:30 – 11:4518:03 – 18:4519:30 – 19:4522:00 – 22:1517:30 – 17:45Presentation 3 by Aman Singh, National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, IndiaAssessing the Relationship between Regional Accessibility and Distribution of Services Across Peri Urban Areas – Case Study of Indore, IndiaPresentation 3 by Ms Beste Sabir, PhD Student, Istanbul Technical University, TurkeyUrban Alchemy: Potentials of Shared Community Gardens on Cultivating Sustainable Habits and Democratic Citizenship for Urban Wellbeing
11:45 – 12:0018:45 – 19:0019:45 – 20:0022:15 – 22:3017:45 – 18:00Q/A & DiscussionPresentation 4 by Onyinyechi Ossai, University of Nigeria, NsukkaLand use Dynamics and Quality of Life of Residents in Nsukka Peri-Urban Area, Enugu State
Session 2Activities, Publications & Awards, Winners Announcement, Closing Session and Discussion
12:00 – 12:1519:00 – 19:1520:00 – 20:1522:30 – 22:4518:00 – 18:15Presentation 4 by Dr Mohammed Firoz, National Institute of Technology Calicut, India Governance, Planning And Management Framework for Spatial Planning in the Urban Rural Interface Areas : A case of Kerala, IndiaPhoto Exhibition and Short Film Screening Results
12:15 – 12:3019:15 – 19:3020:15 – 20:3022:45 – 23:0018:15 – 18:30Presentation 5 by Prof Abdul Razak Mohamed, School of Planning and Architecture, India Connectivity of Roads is the Measure of Spatial Access to Infrastructure Facilities in City Peripheral Areas – Case of Chennai, India4 Winners of the Country Workshops
12:30 – 12:4519:30 – 19:4520:30 – 20:4523:00 – 23:1518:30 – 18:45Presentation 6 by Dr Ozlem Altinkaya Genel, Delft University of Technology, NetherlandsScaling Istanbul: Urbanization Dynamics in the Marmara Region between 2006 and 2018Publications & Awards
12:45 – 13:0019:45 – 20:0020:45 – 21:0023:15 – 23:3018:45 – 19:00Discussion/Day 1 ClosureDay 2 Closure


Submission Guidelines

Abstract submission must be no more than 300 words and must highlight one (or more) of the themes set out above. Submissions are encouraged from across the world and from a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to, urban planning and development, ecology, cultural studies, public health, engineering, and design. When submitting your abstract, please follow the guidelines below to what your abstract should include:

–  an introduction that outlines the background and significance of the study

–  a succinct description of the basic methodologies

– a clear indication of the major findings of the study

–  conclusion

Please follow the formatting details given in the abstract template and send a 300 words (max) abstract to with subject title ‘PIVOT FRONTIERS CONFERENCE ABSTRACT SUBMISSION’

Submission Deadline: August 31st, 2021

The quality of abstract and relevance to the conference themes and topics will be the sole criteria based on which the Scientific Organizing Committee will select the abstract for presentation. Notification of selected abstracts will be sent early September 2021 along with guidelines for full paper submission.

Publications and Awards

The Book of Abstracts will be made available at the conference as an electronic PDF format.

The full papers will be published in online peer-reviewed conference proceedings with ISBN after the conference.

Selected papers from the conference will be invited to be part of a Journal Special Issue in a Scopus-Indexed , good impact factor journal which is planned as a part of the PIVOT project.

One Best Conference Paper Award will be given to a selected presentation which demonstrate academic rigour and innovative approach to the topic of study. The award will comprise of a Certificate, and 100 £ Gift voucher and an invitation to submit the proposed Journal Special Issue.

Scientific Committee

Dr Abid Mehmood, Cardiff University, UK

Dr Alireza Moghayedi, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Dr Arindam Biswas, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India

Dr Binti Singh, KRIVIA Mumbai, India

Dr Christopher Maidment, University or Reading, UK

Dr Carlos Jimenez-Bescos, University of Nottingham, UK

Dr Eda Yucesoy, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

Ms Ifunanya Chiebube Chukwueke, University of Nigeria, Nigeria

Dr.Keith Jones, Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), UK

Dr Lakshmi Priya Rajendran, Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), UK

Dr.Mariantonietta Morga, Anglia Ruskin University, UK

Dr Martha Patricia Zarza Delgado, Autonomous University of the State of Mexico, Mexico

Dr Sheeba Chander, Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, India

Student Organising Committee:

Mrs Christiana Okobi Ekpo, University of Cape town, South Africa

Mr Clement Obinna Shadrach, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Nigeria

Mr Daksh Jain, KRVIA, Mumbai, India

Ms Gloria Osei, Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), UK

Mr Henry Ogunjobi, Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), UK

Mr Jeremiah Echa, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Nigeria

Ms Ozga Tekce. Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

Mr Raghunath Bhaskar, Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), UK

Ms Ramya Ravi, Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, India

Ms Veronica Albarran, Autonomous University of the State of Mexico, Mexico