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Working Group on urbanization (1999-2002)

Anthony Champion (united Kingdom)

Graeme Hugo (Australia)
Alfredo Lattes (Argentina)

Council Liaison
Alan B. Simmons

IUSSP Secretariat Contact Person
Mary Ellen Zuppan

Terms of Reference

The underlying aim is to provide a basis for exploring the dynamics of urbanisation, with particular reference to the demographic components of urban growth. The principal objective is to formulate a new approach to studying urbanisation trends that takes account of the major changes in human settlement systems around the world. This is justified primarily in terms of the increasing blurring of the simple rural/urban dichotomy used traditionally for this purpose. It also intends to take advantage of new research opportunities allowed by the major improvements being made in small-area data availability and in the technical capabilities of computing and GIS processing.

Programme of activities


Seminar on New Forms of urbanization: Conceptualising and Measuring Human Settlement in the 21st Century
Bellagio, Italy, March 2002
Programme - Participants - Report - Papers


Beyond the Rural/Urban Dichotomy”, Tony Champion, Graeme Hugo, and Alfredo Lattes, Population and Development Review 29(2):277-298, 2003.

New Forms of Urbanization, Beyond the Urban-Rural Dichotomy, Tony Champion and Graeme Hugo, eds., Ashgate, 2003.

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