PIVOT : Re-visioning Peripheral Geographies: Strategies for resilient urban development in the Global South

Cities in developing countries expand more rapidly than can be sustained by infrastructure and services. This causes severe social, environmental and economic disparities. PIVOT addresses the challenges of unprecedented urban sprawl in the global South cities leading to increasingly marginalised communities, deteriorating environment, health, and quality of living particularly in the peri-urban (urban-rural interface) areas.

The aim of PIVOT is to explore and examine peri-urban regions in the global South cities, as a key frontier in addressing the challenges of sustainable and resilient urban development. Targeting Early Career Researchers(ECR) and Frontier participants , the main goal of PIVOT is to develop an international and interdisciplinary network and collaboration through a year-long virtual knowledge exchange workshop, to address the paucity of knowledge in resilience-informed peri-urban planning and development in the global Southworking in the domain of peri-urban planning and development in the global South.

A series of inter-connected online workshops will be conducted (focusing on Mexico, South Africa, Nigeria, Turkey and India) between scholars (Frontiers Participants and other ECRs ), policy makers, planners and grassroots organisations. The aim of these workshops is to critically engage each other’s work on peri-urban dynamics discuss current challenges (inclusive planning, health, social justice and environmental inequality) and the potential for resilient development in Official Development Assistance relevant countries in the global South. Focusing on knowledge exchange and co-production, the workshop will employ a range of collaborative exercises to encourage participants to go beyond their disciplinary boundaries and explore/examine four groups of interrelated challenges in the peri-urban planning and development:

  • Climate and Environmental challenges e.g. flooding, urban heat island, impact on micro and macro climate, etc
  • Social Challenges e.g. right to the city, social justice, identity and belonging
  • Well-being challenges e.g. lack of green parks, reduced outdoor physical activity, environmental inequity, psychological impacts
  • Economic challenges e.g lack of job opportunities, economic disparities

The project focusses on capacity building of emerging scholars particularly from developing and least developed countries, knowledge- exchange and co-production of solutions for integrated urban development and sustainable research partnership.

PIVOT Partners