Karen Seto, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA

Presentation Title: Why do we need an urbanization science?



Scholars have been studying the city for centuries. Yet only recently has there been a push towards making the study of the urbanization process a scientific endeavor. What are the requisite characteristics of a science, and how can the study of urbanization become a science, or has it already? There is already an emerging science of urbanization, but much more needs to be done for it to be a hypothesis-driven endeavor.

Knowledge Gaps and Needs

  • What does the urban century mean for planetary sustainability?
  • Are we in a fundamentally different era of urbanization in history?  If we are, do the existing theories apply?
  • Do our theories and models capture contemporary processes of urbanization?