GEOG 464- Cities in Economic Development and Problems of Urban Management


This urban studies course focuses on city systems, rural-urban linkages, regional economic role of cities and problems of urban management.  The relevance of the themes for urban and regional planning is underscored. The major themes are as follows:-urban hierarchy and city systems, (Central Place Theory, Urban primacy, Rank Size Rule or Lognormal Distribution, periodic markets, Central Place System and regional development), regional economic role of cities (Urban Sphere of Influence, Role of Cities in Economic Development, Centre-Periphery Models, Growth Pole Theory and Strategy), Problems of Urban Management (Urban Environment and Health, The Model of Urban Environmental Transition, the Ecological Footprints of Cities, Gender and Environmental Care in the African City, Principles of Urban Planning).