How does rapid urban growth affect the environment and people's quality of life?


Urban Growth and the Environment

Rapid urbanization comes at the cost of significant local environmental degradation. 
This research theme aims to understand the interaction mechanisms between rapid urbanization and environmental sustainability, and empirically quantify such relationships.

How does urban growth (population/production growth, income growth, spatial growth) impact the environment?

How do the changes in environmental quality impact people’s choices and their human capital, and thus influence a city’s growth potential and quality?

Our research will focus mainly on fast-growing cities in developing countries and will also draw lessons from the urbanization-environment interaction trajectory of developed countries.