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Towards sustainable settlement change in Africa

  • 1 November, 2019
  • VU University Amsterdam, Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM)
  • Prof. Peter Verburg
  • Dr Jaser van Vliet

I study the underlying drivers of urbanization in Africa of different types of settlements along the whole rural-urban gradient. I will examine these underlying drivers based on the spatial and socioeconomic characteristics and three different scales: people, locations (individual settlements), and localities (pixels). Through fieldwork, sequence analysis, spatial pattern analysis, and model building, I will explore how, where, and when human settlements change. In this manner, I aim to get a better insight into the environmental opportunities and challenges that come with the urbanization process.

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Vita Bakker

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