A Synthesis of Urban-Sustainability Frameworks
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There are far-reaching consequences of contemporary urbanization for sustainability and human well-being. Most of the world populations live in urban areas, with the most rapid growth in urban populations occurring in the medium-sized cities of developing countries. Urbanization causes changes in land use and land cover across local, regional and global scales, which have an immense range of consequences. The interconnected social, economic, and ecological components of contemporary urbanization need to be studied in order to prevent loss of ecosystem services and encourage future environmental, economic, and social wellbeing. These changes in land use, increasing population, and income levels are becoming increasingly important as the environment, economies, and social aspects of cities are changing with the growth. In this research, I will synthesize theoretical and conceptual frameworks for moving towards urban sustainability. To this end, I will study the urbanization literature, specifically papers that discuss different aspects of the issue and possible solutions. The terminology used to describe urbanization, the field of study from which the authors originate, the country affiliation, and the main components of their theoretical or conceptual points of reference; including any suggested solutions to problems of urbanization are the areas of interest for this research.
Wolfe, Amanda Laine (2016). A Synthesis of Urban-Sustainability Frameworks. Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. Available electronically from