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Case studies

Peri-cene will have a specific focus on two in-depth case studies of peri-urbanisation and climate risk: Chennai, India and the wider Manchester City-Region, UK. Key issues in each case study will be jointly identified with local stakeholders and potential policy innovations to address these issues will be co-designed. Peri-cene will host a series of local stakeholder workshops to:

(1) introduce the spatial analysis findings and local implications; and,

(2) support a dialogue for adaptive learning.

The result will be in the form of local adaptive pathways that draw on ‘synergistic’ methods for co-learning, co-design and collective intelligence, for the governance of problems of cognitive complexity. In summary, each case study will:

  • define the (porous) boundaries of the peri-urban in the local context.
  • understand how and by whom peri-urban / climate change risk issues are currently managed;
  • map existing local data relating to human-environment interactions in the peri-urban, in order to draw through what is relevant, when, and how it might be used.
  • co-design collaborative adaptive pathways included governance innovations.



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Overview of case studies



is India’s fourth largest metropolitan agglomeration with 9 million inhabitants. Founded in 1640, and a major centre of the British empire, its growth has been phenomenal only since around 1990. While the city-region operates roughly in accordance to a master plan, governance outside city corporation limits is subject to many forms and levels of authority.



This wider region is defined as Greater Manchester plus immediate hinterlands / bio-regions / economic regions: the Pennine area of uplands to the north and east, and the East Cheshire area of lowland farming to the south and west.

At the centre of this wider region is Greater Manchester (GM), a predominantly urban area, home to 2.7 million people and covering an area of 1,277km2. GM has a unique 200 year history as the hub of the UK’s industrial revolution, political revolution, and digital revolution.

Overall, this region has a relatively mature system of spatial planning and governance for a largely urbanised population with medium growth. However, there are major issues with housing pressures, economic and social segregation, urban-rural disconnections, fragmented climate-environment governance, and an uncertain policy context in the context of Brexit.


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