The PERI-CENE (peri-urbanization & climate environment) project will provide the first ever comprehensive assessment of global peri-urbanisation, with its climate impacts, risks and vulnerabilities.
The impact of climate change on cities is well known – but the 'peri-urban' hinterland, the areas between and around cities, is often overlooked. Yet the peri-urban contains most urban growth, and also the greatest impact on local and global environments. The peri-urban also is the source of adaptative capacity & ecosystem services.
We aim to provide a global assessment with an interactive Peri-urban Analysis Tool, and local dialogues with the interactive Pathways Tool. We will host the co-creation of adaptive pathways, in a Policy Lab of 21 city-regions from around the world, along with in-depth case studies in Chennai (India), and Manchester (UK).
Aims and objectives
The overall aim:
Explore the interactions between peri-urbanization and climate-environmental change, at local and global levels: and to co-design adaptive pathways towards peri-urban climate resilience.
- Develop a typology and global assessment which covers all main development types and urban-climate-environment types.
- Outline the typical peri-urban impacts/effects on climate-environment change, in their context of urban and regional inter-dependencies.
- Outline the typical climate-environment impacts/effects on peri-urban areas, in the context of risk, vulnerability and resilience.
- Explore the deeper layers of peri-urban / climate-environment interactions via in-depth case studies.
- Explore possible solutions in the form of adaptive pathways and strategic policy intelligence, by stakeholder dialogue and co-design in a Living Lab context.
Approaches and methods
- Spatial analysis
- Global comparative study via the peri-cene framework
- Grounded case studies
- Policy & governance analysis
- Synergistic methods for pathway mapping & design
Expected results and impacts
- a global typology and global assessment with an interactive Peri-urban Analysis Tool;
- new synergies and pathways to address the policy challenges in a global ‘Policy Lab’
- in-depth case studies in Chennai, India and Manchester, UK; and,
- adaptive pathways to mobilise collective climate intelligence to address peri-urbanisation and climate risk at local, regional and international scales.
Main case studies:
- Chennai, India:
- Manchester region
Policy Lab partners
- Belo Horizonte,
- San Diego,
UN Habitat, UN Global Compact on Cities, and ICLEI
- Duration – 2019-2021
- Budget - £696,000
- Partners – KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm: Indian Institute of Technology Madras
- Joe Ravetz
- Nuno Pinto
- Jeremy Carter