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Robin Hambleton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447304975

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447304975.001.0001

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Global trends and our urban future

Global trends and our urban future

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(p.34) (p.35) Chapter 2 Global trends and our urban future
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Leading the inclusive city
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Robin Hambleton

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447304975.003.0002

This chapter highlights the remarkable urbanisation of the planet, the growth of multicultural cities and the rise of place-less power. It provides data on world population growth, discusses trends relating to global urbanisation, and presents maps showing where urban expansion can be expected to occur in the coming period. Different aspects of urbanisation are covered including: the growth in the number of megacities; the existence of shrinking cities; the reasons why very large numbers of people are moving to cities; a discussion of who are the urban migrants; and consideration of the nature of dynamic diversity in the modern city. The discussion highlights the fact that cities are bound to become much more multicultural in the years ahead. The chapter notes that the extraordinary movement of people to cities is still not well understood and offers insights on why so many people are moving to cities.

Keywords:   diversity, global population trends, megacities, migration to cities, multiculturalism, population trends, shrinking cities, urbanisation

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