Urbanization in Southeast Asia: Issues and Impacts

Urbanization in Southeast Asia: Issues and Impacts
Date of publication:  2012
Publisher:  Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Number of pages:  387
Code:  PIC219
Soft Cover
ISBN: 9789814380027
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"This book attempts to identify the challenges of urbanisation in Southeast Asia and promote strategies for sustainable economic growth. [It] also emphasises the importance of networks and cooperation among cities and local governments, and that environmental improvement in Southeast Asian cities should concern not only policies and regulation but also the politics and governance of policymaking itself. The book offers an excellent overview of the state of current urban landscape development in Southeast Asia... it would be valuable reading for urban planners, local governments, and other stakeholders" (Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies).

About the publication

Urbanization occurs in tandem with development. Countries in Southeast Asia need to build — individually and collectively — the capacity of their cities and towns to promote economic growth and development, to make urban development more sustainable, to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and to ensure that all groups in society share in the development. This book is a result of a series of regional discussions by experts and practitioners involved in the urban development and planning of their countries. It highlights urbanization issues that have implications for regional — including ASEAN — cooperation, and provides practical recommendations for policymakers. It is a first step towards assisting governments in the region to take advantage of existing collaborative partnerships to address the urban transformation that Southeast Asia is experiencing today.

“Urbanization in Southeast Asia: Issues and Impacts is a landmark study on the increasingly urbanized condition of Southeast Asia. It is important because it presents a powerful argument for the role of regional action in developing policy and practical responses to the challenges of urbanization. Thus it offers important lessons for other parts of the world. This study, written by expert authors from within the region, outlines the challenges of urban sustainability, liveability and economic growth that Southeast Asia faces in the 21st century. Thus it provides a valuable roadmap for all concerned with the future of urbanization in Southeast Asia.”

—Professor Terry McGee
Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Co-publication: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

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