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Why Peri-Urban Areas Should Be Seen As More Than Just Spaces Between Cities and Their Outskirts

April 13, 2017 |

This article was originally published on Stockholm Resilience Centre.


  • Further densification of cities will create an increasing demand for ecosystem services provided by the peri-urban landscapes around them
  • Peri-urban landscapes should be seen as a complement to the city rather than a fringeland
  • Rethinking and reframing the per-urban areas will potentially contribute to a more nuanced discussion on strategies for urban development

“The UN predicts that by 2050 well over half of all humans will live in cities. How can cities continue to support this growing population without wreaking havoc on the environment surrounding them? One growing trend towards sustainable urban development has been to densify already built up areas. But what effect is this strategy having on the peri-urban landscapes that surround these cities?

In a new article published in the journal Land Use Policy, centre researcher Erik Andersson and colleagues from Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and the Royal Institute of Technology attempt to answer these questions. They seek to investigate if the densification of cities will push the many functions existing in urban areas out to the peri-urban landscapes and how the governance of those landscapes may adjust to meet these new pressures…”

Read on and access the publication at: Stockholm Resilience Centre.

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