Rural-Urban Transformation – University of Copenhagen

Rural-Urban Transformation (RUT)

Governance, Mobility, and Economic Dynamics, in Emerging Urban
Centres for Poverty Reduction

Project description

Although Tanzania’s overall urbanization level remains fairly low it has increased from 23 per cent in 2002 to almost 30 per cent in 2012 (NBS, 2015). Thus, Tanzania is urbanizing and experiencing urban growth in different types of urban centres, covering the span from larger metropolitan cities such as Dar es Salaam to small and emerging urban centres (EUCs), which in many cases are not yet formally registered as urban centres. It is this latter group of urban centres that are in the focus of the RUT project. The overall objective of the project is to provide a comprehensive understanding of development dynamics of EUCs in Tanzania and explore how these impacts on the physical and socio-economic transformation of EUCs into urban townships. Central to the research is to understand governance practices and challenges of these fast growing urban areas characterized by complex in-and out migration and rapid changing economic processes.

The project is organized into four research work packages each focusing on an immediate objective (1-4); a fifth objective focus on capacity building.