New images give an insight into world's fastest growing cities

New images give an insight into world's fastest growing cities

New photos taken by researchers from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities (SHLC) highlight the challenges facing expanding cities in Africa and Asia.

The images, capturing life in cities such as Dar es Salaam, a city of nearly five million in Tanzania, to Bangladesh, one of the fastest urbanising countries in the world, will go on show on 7 November in Glasgow, as part of UK Research and Innovation's Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Festival of Social Science.

For the last year, researchers at SHLC have been conducting interviews and reviewing data on cities in seven countries - South Africa, Tanzania, Rwanda, India, Bangladesh, China and the Philippines. The aim of the research is to see how different neighbourhoods have adapted to rapid urbanisation, and what impact it has had on cities' housing, transport, health and education systems. Along the way researchers have collected photographs depicting the realities of life in these expanding cities.

Professor Ya Ping Wang, Director of SHLC, University of Glasgow says: "Urbanisation is a driving force for economic growth and social change in Africa and Asia. However the speed of urbanisation varies from country to country. After several decades of rapid expansion, urbanisation in India, China and South Africa is beginning to slow down, while larger capital cities in smaller developing countries continue to grow very fast. For example Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania will be a megacity of 10 million people by 2030."

"Our preliminary research shows that while urbanisation and migration in our case study cities has brought growth, it has also led to a great deal of inequality between different social and economic groups, communities and neighbourhoods. It has also put pressure on education and health systems. The next stage of our project will focus on the internal social and spatial structures of neighbourhoods within these cities to help find practical solutions."

The research is an example of UKRI’s vision that international collaboration is key to ensuring world-leading research and development, and global challenges require global solutions, across nations and disciplines. Find out more about our international work by following the hashtag #UKRIGlobal on Twitter.

The photographic exhibition Good in the hood? Fae Glasgow to Kigali will take place in Glasgow on 7 November 2018.

View the gallery of images here.

Find out more about the GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy, and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods.