The Urban Fringe Transforming: Peri-Urban Dynamics & Agricultural Transformations

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Workshop Rationale

The aim of the workshop is to investigate transformation processes at the urban fringe of the Global South from two perspectives. First, we will look land-use changes and socio-economic transformation processes in (former) agricultural areas. Second, we will look at changes in peri-urban agricultural production and associated environmental impacts. Combining these two perspectives will contribute to a better understanding of the agriculture-urbanization nexus and address the questions of driving forces, actors and processes.

The guiding question for the first perspective are:

Which processes take place in various dimensions in the urbanization processes of urban fringes in different stages of the urban transition?

Which path dependencies can be identified that narrow down urban futures?

The guiding questions for the second perspective are:

Which transformation processes can be observed in peri-urban agriculture?In how far do the new possibilities of urban agriculture induce societal change and affect the urbanization process and the environment?

The discussion in the workshop’s synthesis will bring both perspectives together. This concluding session will shed some light on the question, which challenges arise from the (increasing?) entanglements between cities and their fringe areas. Aim of the session is to investigate, which processes are currently the most important ones regarding their transformative potential. Based on this, areas of high topicality and importance will be highlighted for future investigation.


15.11. - 17:45: Public Lecture:
Urbanization and Food Security in Nairobi, Kenya
Samuel Owuor (Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Nairobi)
(Institute of Geography, Südbau, Room Ü3, ground floor)

16.11. Workshop
8:30 Coffee/Welcome

8:45 Introduction by conveners (content, format)

Session 1: Socio-economic transformations and land use changes
9:00 Milap Punia (Delhi): Synthesizing socio-ecological transformations in peri-urban parts of National Capital Region
9:45 Sucharita Sen (Hyderabad): Urban-centric Growth and Implications for Gendered Livelihoods in Peri-urban areas of Large Metropolitan Cities in India'

10:30 coffee break

10:45 Aye Aye Myint (Nay Pyi Taw): Urban fringe developments in Myanmar.
11:30 Frauke Kraas & Carsten Butsch (Cologne): Transformations in Pune’s urban fringe
12:00 Wrap up: driving processes of socio-economic transformations and land use changes. Discussant: Xue Desheng (Guangzhou)

12:30 Lunch

Session 2: Peri-urban – urban entanglements
13:30 Judith Bopp (Cologne): Catering for the urban organic food scenes: sustainable farming projects in Bangkok and the surrounding areas
14:15 Gilbert Nduru (Karatina): Kitchen Gardens in Peri Urban Areas in Kenya

15:00 coffee break

15:15 Maximilian Willkomm (Cologne): Changes of urban and peri-urban agriculture in the context of land use pressure and value chain dynamics in central Kenya
16:00 Alexander Follmann & Peter Dannenberg (Cologne): Environmental impacts of urban and peri-urban agro-food systems in transition: integrating metabolisms into agro-food value chain analysis
Wrap up: driving processes of agricultural transformations. Discussant: Samuel Owuor (Nairobi)

17:15 Synthesis (roundtable discussion): identifying the challenges of the fringe transforming. Discussant: Ranjit Mitra (Delhi)

19:30 dinner

Venue: Institute of Geography, Rundbau, Übungsraum 1

Organizers: Frauke Kraas, Peter Dannenberg, Carsten Butsch, Alexander Follmann

Registration and contact: butschc [at]

Please register until November 14th