India’s Urban Transitions

India is in the midst of multiple transitions, in its urbanization patterns, work force, built environment, among others.

These transitions present an opportunity for development and a better quality of life for millions, which will be delivered with an associated increase in energy use. The centre’s interdisciplinary research examines the tensions of meeting growing energy needs for development while protecting the local and global environment.

India’s current stage of progress provides an opportunity to examine and inform practices that will significantly influence the country’s energy, development, and climate change agenda. Our work focuses on examining the productive tensions between urban transitions, energy services consumption and climate change, with a focus on developing country cities. The two sets of interrelated questions this. Firstly, how does consumption of energy-related services change as cities urbanize? What are the socio-technical drivers, systems and institutional structures that shape (and can reconfigure) energy and carbon emission pathways? Secondly, what forms of governance and political rationalities characterize the varied urban responses to climate change in rapidly developing cities, given their (often competing) objectives to provide urban services?