How are cities expanding? Spatial and socioeconomic patters of urbanization

Chair: Ana Beatriz Pierri Daunt, (
Co-chair:   Simona Graninaru, (
                   Anna M. Hersperger (

Short  Description:
It has been predicted that urban growth will continue to increase at a fast rate in many parts of the world. This fast and intense urbanization process frequently leads to social, economic and environmental problems, such as pollution, deforestation, as well habitat and biodiversity loss. Overall, cities are increasingly vulnerable to extreme climatic events, and settlements growths often takes place in socially and environmentally risky areas.
Therefore, there is a great need for effective tools and policy instruments to manage this rapidly changing environment and to address the challenge of developing more sustainable cities.
The objective of this symposium is to assemble talks that address the challenges of monitoring and planning/design of urban dynamics. Processes such as management of sprawl, fragmentation and intensification will be addressed for both developing and developed countries. We encourage participants to propose and discuss novel frameworks and metrics on socioeconomic changes and spatial patterns of the urban morphology, as well as methods to analyse the interrelationships between green spaces and built-up areas. Further, we encourage submissions that discuss the impacts and consequences of urban dynamics from human and nature perspectives. By coupling socio-economic and the ecological dimensions, this symposium will pose a great opportunity to discuss theoretically and empirically how cities are changing.