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Title: Land as a critical ecological resource for sustainable cities : a case of Chennai, India
Author: Kaliyath, Ajith
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2013
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Urban land resources are facing immense pressure due to rapid economic growth. Unscientific processes of land development have resulted in increased vulnerability to both ecosystems and communities. The cities in developing world are still short of scientific tools and techniques to address this concern. The simultaneous operation of various socioecological processes results in imbalances in the urban landscapes and contributes to ecological stress. A study to understand the concept of ecological stress and causative socio-ecological factors can contribute to incorporation of sustainability principles in the management of urban landscapes. Chennai was the first city in South Asia to be part of the UN-Habitat Sustainable Cities Programme (1995-2002). The aim of this research is to prepare a framework for ecological stress model using land-use and behaviour for selected communities in Chennai metropolitan area . The study is about the rapid transformations in the urban landscape of south Chennai and resultant changes in the quality of life in selected communities. Ecological stress is a result of conflicting socio-ecological processes, is research has used both physical data (surveys/satellite imageries) and conducted behavioural surveys in the community. Household behavioural survey was done for 600 households in south Chennai. Emotions, social intelligence and social practices have been assessed to understand the community's response to vulnerable situations and coping-up mechanisms. Key research questions were the following: • What are the ecological functions of land in a tropical coastal city? • What are the ecological conflicts within Chennai metropolitan area that have resulted from suppression of ecological functions of land? • How to use ecological stress to assess social vulnerability?
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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