Asian Cities - Projects

 

Asian Cities - Liveability, Sustainability, Diversity, and Spaces of Encounter

This project focuses on four Asian cities that can be described as 'ordinary' (Robinson 2006) (Kunming, China; Busan, South Korea; Hyderabad, India; Singapore).

The project will examine the ways in which issues of liveability, sustainability, difference and diversity are lived with, and through, in selected neighbourhoods. The neighbourhoods will be selected on the basis of recent social, cultural, economic, technological and/or infrastructure changes. The research will examine the alignment or contradictions between people actually living the varied processes of urbanisation on the ground, and official city and institutional policies, plans, discourses and practices. In this way the tensions and collaborations between actors involved in urban processes can be examined. Worst and best practices will be identified, analysed and recorded.

We will use a combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods in situ in each city – these include surveys, interviews, focus groups and discourse analysis. Our intellectual approach and research methods will provide holistic understandings of the key workings of urban social, cultural, environmental and technological inter-relationships, processes and transformations.

We aim to contribute to aspects of debate about urban policy and planning as well as critique and expand contemporary urban theory, which is generally very Western centric.

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Main Researcher

Assoc Prof Tracey SKELTON

Department of Geography, NUS

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Team Members

Asst Prof CHANG Jiat Hwee

Department of Architecture, NUS

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Assoc Prof HO Kong Chong 

Department of Sociology, NUS

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Asst Prof Francis Leo COLLINS 

Department of Geography, NUS

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Asst Prof Harvey NEO

Department of Geography, NUS

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Asst Prof POW Choon-Piew 

Department of Geography, NUS

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Prof Brenda YEOH

Provost’s Chair, Department of Geography, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, NUS

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Asst Prof Diganta DAS

Humanities and Social Studies Education, National Institute of Education 

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