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The study of slums as social and physical constructs: challenges and emerging research opportunities

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dc.contributor.author Mahabir, Ron
dc.contributor.author Crooks, Andrew T.
dc.contributor.author Croitoru, Arie
dc.contributor.author Agouris, Peggy
dc.date.accessioned 2018-08-02T16:19:21Z
dc.date.available 2018-08-02T16:19:21Z
dc.date.issued 2016-09
dc.identifier.citation Ron Mahabir, Andrew Crooks, Arie Croitoru & Peggy Agouris (2016) The study of slums as social and physical constructs: challenges and emerging research opportunities, Regional Studies, Regional Science, 3:1, 399-419, DOI: 10.1080/21681376.2016.1229130 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/11067
dc.description.abstract Over 1 billion people currently live in slums, with the number of slum dwellers only expected to grow in the coming decades. The vast majority of slums are located in and around urban centres in the less economically developed countries, which are also experiencing greater rates of urbanization compared with more developed countries. This rapid rate of urbanization is cause for significant concern given that many of these countries often lack the ability to provide the infrastructure (e.g., roads and affordable housing) and basic services (e.g., water and sanitation) to provide adequately for the increasing influx of people into cities. While research on slums has been ongoing, such work has mainly focused on one of three constructs: exploring the socio-economic and policy issues; exploring the physical characteristics; and, lastly, those modelling slums. This paper reviews these lines of research and argues that while each is valuable, there is a need for a more holistic approach for studying slums to truly understand them. By synthesizing the social and physical constructs, this paper provides a more holistic synthesis of the problem, which can potentially lead to a deeper understanding and, consequently, better approaches for tackling the challenge of slums at the local, national and regional scales.
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Regional Studies, Regional Science en_US
dc.rights Attribution 3.0 United States *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ *
dc.subject Slums en_US
dc.subject informal settlements en_US
dc.subject remote sensing en_US
dc.subject crowdsourced information en_US
dc.subject socio-economic en_US
dc.subject modelling en_US
dc.title The study of slums as social and physical constructs: challenges and emerging research opportunities en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/21681376.2016.1229130


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