India’s Rural-Urban Transition
Join the Department of Social Sciences for this Great Problems, Great Minds seminar series event featuring guest speaker Jan Nijman, a professor in the Department of Geography, Planning, and International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam and and distinguished university professor and director of the Urban Studies Institute at Georgia State University.
According to the Indian census, about one-third of all urban growth in recent years is concentrated at the lower echelons of the urban system, where the country witnesses a rural-urban transition. At the same time, there is evidence of a massive employment shift out of the agricultural sector across the country, one that likely affects an estimated 200 million people. This presentation will focus on two key questions. The first is about the nature of this alleged process of urbanization and how it aligns, or not, with established urban theory. The second question concentrates on the major challenges of this rural-urban transition for people’s livelihoods and what they mean for India’s development strategies.