The Cities research cluster examines new forms of urban change, politics and transformation, with a focus on rapidly urbanizing cities of the Global South. It seeks to document and study new urban spatial forms, covering a variety of aspects, including, but not limited to cartographies, economies, politics, social structures, and urban cultural life.
Pakistan’s rapid urbanization has resulted in major challenges. The urban population has been growing 3 % annually, as citizens in the suburbs and rural areas are moving to cities faster than any other country in South Asia. Projections suggest that more than half of Pakistan’s estimated 250 million citizens are expected to live in cities by 2030.