Urbanisation and rural-urban linkages

Understanding urbanisation and the links between rural and urban areas

The world is seeing a major shift in population from rural to urban areas. With international partners, particularly in Pakistan and the BRICS, we have been working to identify key issues related to urbanisation. We aim to develop, promote and share approaches that can tap the potential benefits of urbanisation and avoid its exclusionary and environmentally destructive tendencies. Our work includes research focused on urban food insecurity, as inadequate housing and infrastructure and limited access to services contribute to levels of malnutrition and food insecurity that are often as high if not higher than in rural areas.