Indiapolis Workshop - Urbanization in India


In the framework of the first phase completion of the e-Geopolis / Indiapolis project, after having distinguished built-up areas, geo-referenced urban areas, and villages of more than 10,000 inhabitants in India (1960-2000), and having started to disseminate the first analysis, a two-day workshop is to be organised. The aim of this workshop is to share experiences on measuring urbanization in India.

A few months away from the upcoming 2011 census, it seems relevant to question ourselves on the state of urbanization as reflected by the official urban classification, vis-à-vis the ever fast-growing agglomeration of population and activities that can be observed in built environments. Where are urbanization dynamics heading today? Does it affect only metrocities and corridors? What are the links between urbanization and inter-regional gap in development? What emphasis will be given to ordinary cities and small market towns as far as planning, growth, and government intervention is concerned?

The aim of this workshop will be:

First of all (day one):

  • To outline the urbanization trend in India and question the metrocity centric growth model;
  • To articulate qualitative and quantitative approaches, micro and macro perspectives, from institutional to anthropological viewpoints;
  • To share methods, sources of knowledge and databases in order to deepen and sharpen the analysis; one of the objectives would be to integrate geo-economic analysis to the more classical approaches that rely mostly on socio-demographic data and poor data on mobility and migration.

Second of all (day two):

  • To have exchanges and communications regarding the issue of measuring and modeling the forms and dynamics of urbanization in India;
  • To delineate possible orientations for future research:

Pending research issues, are notably related to mobility transformation from residential to circular, booming of private facilities, industrialization and economic polarization, impact of infrastructure programs, international comparisons, environment and urbanization, rural-urban linkage, sprawling and land transfer, etc.




Jawaharlal Nehru Conference Hall, French Institute of Pondicherry, 11, Saint Louis Street, Pondicherry – 605 001

Program Schedule

Day One: Friday, 16th July 2010

9:15 Eric Denis (IFP)
Introduction: Where urbanization is leading: Is there one answer?

1st session: Stakes and questions raised by the present urbanization process in India: Demography, Economy, Planning & Policy

9:30 Mahavir (School of Architecture and Planning, New Delhi)
Continuously Built-up Areas: An Alternative Unit to Classify Urban Settlements
10:00 Sridharan N (School of Architecture and Planning, New Delhi)
Emerging Urban Regions, Regional Inequalities & Governance in India
10:30 Tea Break
10:45 Basudeb Chaudhuri (CSH, Delhi)
An economic perspective on urbanization
11:15 Marie-Hélène Zérah (Centre de Sciences Humaines, Delhi) & Partha Mukhopadhyay (CPR, Delhi)
A reading of the “India’s Urban Awakening” Report (The McKinsey Global Institute, 2010)
11:45 R. B. Singh (Delhi School of Economics, Delhi)
Urban Development and Mega Cities: Case of Delhi
13:00 Lunch (IFP)

2nd session: Ordering and supporting urbanization: from national to local policies

14:30 Chetan Vaidya (National Institute of Urban Affairs, Delhi)
The role of "Peer Experience and Reflective Learning (PEARL)" platform in the context of the JNNURM
15:00 Kamala Marius-Gnanou (IFP, Bordeaux University)
On the urbanization of villages and the local rejection of the urban status
15:30 Gopa Samanta (University of Burdwan, Burdwan)
Over-grown Village or Small Market Town: Locating the rurban centres and the problems of their Governance
16:00 Tea time
16:15 Aromar Revi (Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Delhi)
Atlas of Indian Urbanization – a project
16:45 S. Chandrasekhar (Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai)
Migration and Urbanization in India

Day Two: Saturday, 17th July 2010

3rd session: Methodological questions and research perspectives

9:00 Abdul Razak (School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University)
Conflicting Urban Planning Approaches and Transforming Urban governance
9:30 Milap Punia & Tarun Pratap Meena (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
Insight to Urban Classification: Jamwaramgarh 1960-2001
10:00 Tea break
10:15 Venkatasubramanian G (French Institute of Pondicherry)
Methods and limitations in the longitudinal study of urbanization in India
10:45 G. Muthusankar (IFP)
Assessing e-Geopolis/Indiapolis method using remote sensing analysis
11:15 Hervé Gazel (e-Geopolis)
Modeling and predict urban morphological growth
11:45 General discussion, perspectives & conclusions: going further
13:00 Lunch (IFP)
15:00 Taxi to Chennai